Judge honored for her dedication to children
Mesa County Magistrate Judge Stephanie Rubinstein was recognized this month for her dedication to children and improving the child welfare system by Colorado’s Court Appointed Special Advocates.
Rubinstein was named Judicial Officer of the Year, an award that honors her work to put the needs of children first, according to Janet Rowland, executive director of CASA of Mesa County.
“She really cares about the kids, and she’s asked for things like pictures of the kids so when she’s making decisions about their lives, she can actually see who she’s talking about,” Rowland said.
Rubinstein is a member of the 21st Judicial District’s best practice team, and she also spearheaded an upcoming open house at the Mesa County Justice Center for children in foster care to tour, Rowland said.
Rubinstein has also worked to reduce the amount of time it takes to place a child back at home or in a permanent adoptive home, as well as worked to increase visitations between parents and children, according to a statement from CASA.
“It’s things like that that make her really unique and really show her passion and concern for the kids,” Rowland said.