STUART — Elizabeth Barbella, director of policy and operations of the Children’s Services Council of Martin County was recently honored for receiving the Kathryn Basile Stop the Tears Award from United for Families. The award was presented at United for Families Le Ball Masque event on Saturday, March 5. The award – named after the late Kathryn Basile, who served many years as executive director of the St. Lucie County Children’s Services Council – recognizes superior community service in child welfare. United for Families is the non-profit organization that coordinates and oversees child-welfare services in St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River and Okeechobee counties.
Ms. Barbella, a long time child advocate in Martin County said, “It was an honor to be recognized as a true advocate for children and to be forever associated with this award. Social service work is likened to that of Cathedral building, we are often laying the foundation for something great to come in the future knowing that we may not be witness to it unfolding. We keep doing this work because we are committed to being part of something greater. To me that is the soul of child advocacy”.

Elizabeth Barbella joined the Children’s Services Council of Martin County in 1998. She brings over 25 years of work experience in both the public and private sector. Throughout her career at the Children’s Services Council, Elizabeth has served on numerous boards, councils, and committees, as an advocate for children and health and human service providers in Martin County and throughout the state.