Wise County social services official Darlene Lawson, center front, accepts an award on behalf of co-worker Crystal Mullins recently during a ceremony hosted by Gov. Bob McDonnell, behind her on the left, and attended by Gov.-Elect Terry McAuliffe, behind her on the right. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE PHOTO.
A Wise County social services worker has received an award for her work on finding adoptive homes for foster children.
Family Services Specialist Crystal Mullins was among workers from across the state who were recognized recently by Gov. Bob McDonnell. Mullins manages the completion of the adoption process once the foster care process has run its course, according to Family Services Supervisor Jeannie Mullins.
The department has completed 22 adoptions so far this year, and each one involves “a tremendous amount of work,” according to Mullins.
McDonnell, joined by Gov.-Elect Terry McAuliffe, held a ceremony to recognize adoption workers as part of McDonnell’s Campaign for 1,000 Virginia Adopts initiative. Wise County Family Services Specialist Darlene Lawson accepted the award on behalf of Crystal Mullins, who could not attend.