Champion for Children: Adrienne Huggins - PACE Center for Girls

 
Adrienne, center, with girls from PACE.

Adrienne Huggins is the Program Director at PACE Center for Girls in Fort Pierce.

Adrienne knew she was destined to work with youth at a young age. She was playing the game of Life with her parents and the occupation that was selected for her was Social Work. She asked her mother what that meant and her mother told her that some families weren’t always in tact and that some children were in foster care because their parents were sick and could not provide for them. At that moment Adrienne knew that she needed to be a part of the movement in working with families and children ensuring that children were safe and parents got well. As she matriculated throughout grade school and high school she always participated in school activities that would help those who were under served. She served as a member of DARE where she would go into elementary schools and talk to students about drugs, volunteered at Deborah Hospital, and served as a Peer Counselor in school. Adrienne knew that the field of Social Services was for her.

Upon graduation she attended Bethune-Cookman University where she majored in Psychology. She was determined to get into Social Work and help those children who were in foster care. Once she graduated she started working as a Dependency Case Manager for Community Partnership for Children. She worked countless hours ensuring the safety of children and making sure their needs were met, going above and beyond to make them have the best possible experience in their situations often taking extra time on the weekends to spend quality time with the kids on her caseload. 

Adrienne then decided to seek her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Webster University. She saw this as an opportunity to reach youth in another avenue. Adrienne completed her internship at the Children Advocacy Center in Daytona Beach FL, where she worked with children who were survivors of sexual abuse. 

She is currently employed at PACE Center for Girls as Program Director where she holds the same compassion in working with youth to help them realize their potential, focus on their strengths and be the best possible person that they can be. She truly believes that all children are capable of success no exceptions!!!