Protect Our Kids Act — Let’s Pass It!
Finally, there is a bill in Congress to reduce deaths of children resulting from abuse and neglect. It’s called the Protect our Kids Act and will create a National Commission on Child Abuse and Neglect. The National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths, of which ECM is a member, urges you to sign the petition calling for passage of the bill and send a letter to your Congressperson. Two simple clicks and you can voice your desire for a reduction in child deaths via the formation of a national commission.
Protect Our Kids Act Petition
2,500 American children are killed every year as a result of child abuse.
80 percent of those killed are under the age of four.
Almost half are under age one.
There is something you can do…..
The bi-partisan and bicameral Protect Our Kids Act was recently introduced by Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ranking Member Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), and 10 members of the House Ways and Means Committee. This bill will create a National Commission on Child Abuse and Neglect Deaths to study and evaluate federal, state, and private child welfare systems and develop a national strategy to prevent and reduce these deaths.
This is a great step forward; however, in order for this bill to pass we need the support of your congressperson!
All it takes is a minute of your time to click here and sign the petition asking your member of congress to support this act. Then click here to send a letter to your Congressmembers. Please sign now and forward this email to your friends, colleagues, and family members. Together, we can reduce child abuse and neglect deaths.
Protect Our Kids Act Press Release
COALITION: SANDUSKY AND SYRACUSE SCANDALS SHOULD NOT DISTRACT CONGRESS FROM RESPONDING TO AMERICA’S EPIDEMIC OF CHILD ABUSE AND RELATED DEATHS
Bipartisan Bill Would Develop a Strategy for Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect Deaths; Experts Concerned That Widely Publicized Abuse Cases Are Obscuring Need for Wider Action.
WASHINGTON, DC (December 15, 2011) As the national news media continues to focus on the Sandusky and Syracuse child abuse allegations, a coalition of national experts applauded a bill introduced this week by U.S. Senators. John Kerry (D-MA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and U.S. Representatives Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and Joseph Crowley (D-NY), who were joined by ten members of the House Ways and Means Committee, proposed a bill that could make a significant impact towards reducing fatalities resulting from child abuse and neglect, and make improvements throughout the child welfare system.
More than seven children die from abuse and neglect every day in America – some 2,500 a year – reflecting the estimated 50 percent undercounting in the officially estimated figure of 1,560. A child is abused or neglected every 36 seconds in the United States, yet only 40 percent of abused children with substantiated cases receive services, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Representatives of the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths (NCECAD) today expressed concern that the current national media attention being paid to the Sandusky and Syracuse child abuse allegations would not create the needed additional pressure on Congress to deal with wider child death and abuse problems. Such focused attention on specific abuse cases often obscures the need for wider attention to the problem, according to the NCECAD experts.