Alcorn State University alumna Josie Brown is in the spotlight for her commitment to helping others.

Brown, a Hattiesburg, Mississippi native, was selected by the Child Welfare and Child Advocacy Committee of the Mississippi Bar Association as a Statewide Reunification Champion in June. Brown was honored for her dedication to assisting and supporting families impacted by the child welfare system.

Brown has more than 38 years of experience in child welfare, health care and the juvenile court system. She is a licensed social worker with 14 years of professional experience. She works closely with the Mississippi Court Improvement Program, Forrest County Youth Court, Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services and many state and local stakeholders to ensure needs are being met for small children and their families.

Brown is happy to receive recognition for being a helpful source for families in Mississippi.

“I am very happy that I have made a difference in the lives of families and children in the state of Mississippi,” said Brown.

When speaking on her inspiration to be helpful to others, Brown credited her mother for her accommodating attitude. She told the story from her childhood when she witnessed her mother’s generosity.

“When I was in first grade, I had a classmate that came to school some days without lunch money. I felt so bad that everyone was eating but her. I told my mother and she came to the school and gave the teacher $3. Our lunch was 25 cents and milk was 10 cents, so my mother told the teacher to use the money when the child did not have lunch money on some days and use it for milk on other days. When the money ran out, she took more money to the school. My mother taught me at a very early age to reach out and help people.”