On June 9, the Burton Foundation honored ACF’s Commissioner Vicki Turetsky at its 2014 Burton Awards for Legal Achievement event at the Library of Congress.
She received the Public Service Award, an honor presented to an attorney who has demonstrated the highest level of professionalism and integrity and has worked in the executive branch of federal government at any time over the last 10 years. Turetsky received the award based on her overall work, reputation, and ability to teach and inspire.
Turetsky has more than 30 years of experience as a public administrator and advocate for low income families. Her expertise in family policy led to her being appointed to the position of commissioner of our Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) seven years ago this month. While with OCSE, she has transformed the focus of program from collections to one that promotes the well-being of children and family self-sufficiency. Thanks to her efforts, OCSE has successfully established realistic child support policies that encourage fathers to play an active parenting role, both financially and emotionally, as well as, promoted child support partnerships with health care, employment, parenting, homeless veterans, child welfare, domestic violence, prisoner re-entry, and other programs that serve families.
“Child support is one of the most significant sources of income for families that struggle to make ends meet. We can increase child support payments to families by using family-centered approaches in combination with more traditional enforcement strategies,” Turetsky said.
The Burton Awards honors the finest accomplishments in law, including writing, reform, public service and interest, regulatory innovation, and lifetime achievements in the profession.