Ask Congress to Stop Child Abuse Deaths

According to the Administration for Children and Families, 12,180 children died from abuse and neglect between 2001 and 2008.  The actual number is likely to be much higher, as many child maltreatment deaths are not recorded as such, and several studies have indicated significant under-counting of child abuse and neglect related fatalities.  Furthermore, child welfare experts are predicting that child abuse will likely increase as the effects of the economic downturn continue.

In October 2009, the Every Child Matters Education Fund released “We Can Do Better -- Child Abuse and Neglect Deaths in America,” and with its partners hosted a national summit to gain the valuable insight of experts in the field.  These experts recommended adopting a national strategy to prevent child abuse and stop child abuse deaths.

For the latest data on child abuse deaths in your state, see the newly released "We Can Do Better -- Child Abuse and Neglect Deaths in America" second edition report.  Our nation should not hold one of the worst child abuse records of all the rich democracies.  Please sign the petition urging members of Congress to hold hearings, provide emergency funds and adopt a national strategy.

The signatures will be delivered to Congress the first week in April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

We, the undersigned, ask members of Congress to:
• Hold hearings to investigate child deaths caused by abuse and neglect.
• Provide emergency funds to stop state cuts in child protection services.
• Adopt a national strategy to prevent child abuse and stop these deaths.

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