Protect Our Kids Act: Passed

Every Child Matters
January 7, 2013

Take two minutes to make your voice heard! 

UPDATE January 2013: Congress has passed the Protect our Kids Act, and President Obama signed it into law on January 2nd, 2013. Learn more.

Most of us can’t even begin to get our heads around the fact that there are 3 million reports of child abuse and neglect a year in our nation. Three million is greater than the population of Chicago, our third largest city! And the three million we’re talking about are all children, the majority of whom are under age four. 

Some 2,500 children die from abuse or neglect every year.  80 percent of those killed are under the age of four.
Almost half are under age one.

Most of us agree this is unthinkable. Nevertheless, we must think about how we can make a difference for these children. Something we can do right now is to sign the petition calling for passage of S. 1984 the Protect Our Kids Act recently introduced by Senators Kerry and Collins. 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. To learn more, click here.

For additional information and things you can do, lots of great resources exist, among them the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  This site has everything from resource guides to tips for parents, activity calendars, proclamations, ways to get involved, and more.

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