Auburn Professor, Dr. Mitchell Brown was appointed by Governor Robert Bentley to serve on the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, “Children’s Trust Fund” Board of Directors. Dr. Brown received her Ph.D., and M.A., from the University of Maryland and her undergraduate from Meredith College. “I’m deeply honored to be afforded the opportunity to serve the children of Alabama on behalf of Governor Bentley. I look forward to working with the members of the board and staff in continuing their critical and successful efforts to reduce child abuse and neglect across the state”, said Dr. Brown.
The Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention is the only state agency tasked with the prevention of child abuse and neglect and strengthening Alabama families. The Department funds over 109 community programs and special projects, one of which is designed to end child death in the (0-3) age group from abusive head trauma and unsafe sleeping environments. Over the past three years those deaths have decreased 54%. According to Kelley Parris-Barnes, Director of the Department of Child Abuse Prevention, “Dr. Brown’s experience working with victims of domestic violence and in the Office of Violence Against Women in the Department of Justice, will bring valuable insight into the issue of child abuse to the Board and we look forward to tapping into her professional expertise.”