The director of DETCOG’s successful Family and Youth Services (FAYS) program, Jeff Reed has been recognized by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services with the Outstanding Leader Award for 2020. The award presentation was made during DFPS’s annual Partners in Prevention Conference.

The DETCOG FAYS staff nominated Reed for the award, citing his outstanding leadership and support. He in turn credited his staff for his success.

“For the many years that I’ve done this program, almost 20 years as the director, I’ve learned a few things here and there,” Reed said. “One thing I’ve learned that’s so true is that if you get the right people from the start, and give them the right tools they need to get the job done and then get out of their way, they’ll get the job done, and they’ll do a good job. They don’t need to be micromanaged; they just need to have people that support them.”

FAYS aims to serve the family as a unit to build resilience and strengthen families to keep kids safe and families connected. Specialists work with the family to address issues that would affect unity. Services offered by FAYS include counseling, communication skills, anger management, conflict resolution, problem solving, parent education, referral services, crisis intervention and child abuse/neglect awareness.

“We need to remember that counselors are people too, and to form a team, a bond, a unified body that has each other’s backs, that works together,” Reed said. “Our counselors are people, people who have issues just like our clients. We need to be there for those people throughout the year. If you can do that, you give them a tool they can use to be a successful counselor, to have a successful program.”

Lonnie Hunt, DETCOG Executive Director, noted Reed’s award during the October DETCOG Board of Directors meeting. “The first time I met Jeff, it was obvious that he was a go-getter,” Hunt said. “A very passionate person, passionate about the work he does, and passionate about being successful for our organization and for the people we serve, which is really what it’s all about. We have a great team here, but every great team has got to have a leader, and Jeff Reed is that leader for our FAYS program.

A video produced by DFPS to recognize Jeff Reed during the Partners in Prevention Conference can be viewed at this link: https://vimeo.com/470674959/30dd701c6c.