A Word From Ellen Levy
My late husband, David L. Levy, co-founder and former President of the Children’s Rights Council, devoted the last three decades of his life to the cause of shared parenting of children. He co-founded the Children’s Rights Council in 1985 to promote public policy, legislation and raise awareness of children’s continuing need for both parents and grandparents after separation or divorce. When he met Dr. Mark Roseman, Assistant Director for Child Access Services, nearly two decades ago, together they initiated in Maryland the hands-on component of their work with the creation of exchange and supervised visitation centers.
Mark and Alfred Ellis, Director of Child Access Services, created safe haven exchange centers of which Al directed a model program in Maryland and set up locations throughout the country. Dr. Roseman continued the work in Connecticut and Florida culminating in the creation of the Toby Center for Family Transitions. As Dr. Roseman and colleagues develop the Toby’s Kids Scholarship Fund may the compassion and love of David and Alfred for children give you strength. Thank you.
A Word From Mary Ogden Ellis
After 40 years of employment with the Federal Government my late husband, Alfred Louis Ellis (Al), Director of Child Access Services, began his career with the Children’s Rights Council. His love of children and devotion to the family unit was his motivation to begin a second career for this international nonprofit. He began his career in 1997 and he continued to work for CRC until 2009 when he was diagnosed with an incurable terminal illness, Corticobasal Degeneration, which eventually took his life in 2014.
Al and David L Levy, co-founder and former President of CRC, worked together. Their efforts resulted in the creation of the largest and most successful network of supervised visitation locations nationally. Al traveled the country, recruiting volunteers, securing locations for exchange centers and conducting weekend long training sessions for volunteers. Today, their record is unsurpassed, and their accomplishments unequaled.
Al’s skill in dealing with high conflict divorce situations was a real asset to CRC. His devotion to his work was very clear to all around him. He worked tirelessly to see that children had access to both parents. He frequently spoke of the long list of “general” conversation topics that he always had ready in order to diffuse or redirect what might have been a contentious situation. As needed, he would carry in his arms small children being exchanged from one parent to another when the parents refused to even be in the same room with each other. He always had something kind and caring to say to each child in an effort to allay any fears they might have had.
Dr. Mark Roseman, Assistant Director for Child Access Services, worked hand in hand with my husband toward achieving the goal that children should have access to both parents. Dr. Roseman has bestowed on my husband the highest honor by creating Toby’s Kids, the new scholarship fund for children, in memory of my husband and in memory of David Levy, co-founder and former President of CRC. The fund has been created for the benefit of children and their parents in south Florida who are not able to afford the fees involved in the supervised visitation services offered by The Toby Center.
There is no greater honor than to have one’s life work memorialized. Thank you Dr. Roseman for doing just that.
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