Iowa child-support award recipient and former Child Protective Services officer Chauncey Smith has been honored with the Child Care Award for his efforts to end child abuse in the state, which he served for over 25 years.
According to the award’s website, Smith, 65, is credited with saving the lives of nearly 20,000 children in the years that he served in Child Protective Service.
Smith is a former executive director of Child Protective Association of Iowa and served as the state’s chief child-protective officer from 2004 to 2016.
The award recognizes Smith for his work as a public servant and public advocate, and he said that his efforts have saved more lives than any other child-protection agency.
Smith’s award came after he was selected to serve on the Iowa State Board of Education and Iowa State Advisory Committee on Child Safety and Wellbeing.
He is also a former chair of the Iowa Child Protective Task Force and was also on the board of directors for Child Protective Advocacy.
He served on the advisory board for the Iowa Department of Education from 2014 to 2019.