We Are Closer to Ending Child Abuse Deaths

Over the past three years, Every Child Matters has worked to bring together the advocacy community, build public support, and lobby members of Congress to support the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012. The legislation will establish a Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF), which will be tasked with developing a national strategy and recommendations for reducing fatalities across the country resulting from child abuse and neglect.

Here are the steps we took to get this important piece of legislation passed:

  • May 2010 – Met with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as consultants for their study of Child Fatalities Associated with the Child Welfare System
  • September 2010 – Released the second edition of the report We Can Do Better: Child Abuse and Neglect Deaths in America
  • December 2010 – Held a press conference featuring experts from the five national member organizations, resulting in 25 national media stories on child abuse deaths
  • January 2011 – Announced actress Tamara Tunie (Law and Order: SVU) as the Coalition’s celebrity spokesperson
  • April 2011 – Conducted congressional briefing with honorary sponsor Chairman David Camp (R-Michigan), of the Committee on Ways and Means
  • July 2011 — Provided witnesses and testimony at the House Congressional Hearing on Child Abuse Deaths held by the Human Resources Subcommittee of the Committee on Ways and Means
  • December 2011 — Worked with Senator John Kerry (D-MA) to develop language for the Protect Our Kids Act. The Act (S.1984) was sponsored by Senator Kerry and Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins. An identical bill was introduced in House (H.R. 3653) by Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
  • December 2011 — the Protect Our Kids Act passed with broad bipartisan support in the House, and passed the Senate unanimously
  • Janurary 2013 — President Obama signed the Protect Our Kids Act signed into law