|GAP Award: Courtesy of Eileen Pasztor|
CSULB professor receives the Barbara Wasson “Making a Difference” award for her work to educate social workers and spread awareness about kinship care.
Outside the classroom, social work professor Eileen Mayers Pasztor attempts to make a difference in the lives of kinship care families.
Now, Pasztor has received the Barabara Wasson “Making a Difference” award for her work with Grandparents as Parents (GAP), a Los Angeles-based non-profit that service families needing kinship care services.
According to Pasztor, ‘kinship care’ refers to a relative – such as a grandparent, aunt, uncle, godparent or sibling – raising younger family member.
GAP created the “Making a Difference” award this year in honor of Barbara Wasson, a founding member of the non-profit who advocated tirelessly for kinship families, according to Madelyn Gordon, GAP executive director.
The award was created to recognize a person who has made a difference in the lives of many families across the country, according to Gordon. She said Pasztor was one of the first to be considered for the award.
“She’s an incredible woman,” Gordon said. “She has a unique way of expressing and connecting with people.”