CURRENT ISSUES AFFECTING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Let the people who make the decisions about policies and resources that affect children and families know you stand for healthier families and children. Here are a few ways you can make your voice heard for children and families:

Trauma-Informed Care Act Helps Children Overcome Adversity

Urge legislators to pass this 2017 Act.

When children don't have the opportunity to heal from the trauma they've experienced, the unaddressed effects are enormous. Trauma affects a child's brain development. Their subsequent emotional and educational challenges can threaten their potential as a productive adult and they are at risk to experience major medical health issues. The Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Families Act seeks to identify children who have experienced trauma and provide immediate support.

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Human Trafficking Laws Need Support

Urge the Senate to support human trafficking laws to protect the victims.

Human slavery and trafficking takes many forms, oftentimes right under our noses. It is a $9.8 billion dollar industry in the United States alone, and estimated 20 to 27 million people are trafficked worldwide for either labor or sex. Growing awareness of the issue has led to evolving support for victims across the country, yet more support is needed to protect the innocent and new bills are sitting in front of our legislators right now.

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Parenting Empowerment Programming Is At-Risk  

Support reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. 

Since 1997, our home visiting program has worked with more than 1,000 Missouri families in Jackson, Clay and Platte Counties to promote healthy child growth and development, positive parent-child interaction and family stability. Home visiting programs around the country are at stake and will discontinue their services if Congress does not act to reauthorize the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program as soon as possible. MIECHV expired at the end of September, and each week home visiting services across the country are being discontinued. 

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