In an early post I spoke about CDF’s position on the increasing gun violence being targeted against our children. Upon further review I elected to review their position on Child Welfare. The welfare of our children extends well beyond our classrooms. According to the CDF, a child suffers from abuse or neglect every 47 seconds (Children’s Defense Fund, 2013). Of the more than 650, 000 children being neglected every year the majority spends an average of two years in foster care, with the biggest population being African American children. It seems to me that more local and national news reports of late report missing children, abused children and harm being done to children from parents suffering from mental illness.
CDF advocacy role is working with state and federal legislators, social work and health officials to ensure children and their families have adequate prevention measures, health resources and facilities, funding and to hold persons and agencies responsible for these services accountable to the children that most need it.
Several bills were introduced to the 111th Congress to improve education, health and welfare of our children. One of the bills, Safe Babies Act (S. 1554/H.R.3474), targets providing more resources, funding and training to family courts and social workers in reducing the number of babies being abused. For more information on this and others, you can connect to this link http://www.childrensdefense.org/policy-priorities/child-welfare/legislative-updates/.
Children’s Defense Fund (2014) http://www.childrensdefensefund.org//