Diane

Politicians Ignore Child Abuse Survivors

What is it going to take before top leaders in our government address the issue of child abuse and neglect?  They thankfully continue to fund programs that have been in existence for a very long time such as foster care, adoption, and a whole list of other services, but they do not ever speak about putting an end to child abuse. They also never bring up the enormous amount of violence occurring daily within American homes.

Diane

Billions Paid to States Because of Child Abuse

The safety of children is addressed in the states primarily by removing children from the home and placing them in foster care or adoptive families. Until the U.S. Congress looks at the root causes of this problem, we will continue to pay billions of dollars to support these Band-Aid approaches. I am not against foster care or adoption, although there are a lot of problems even with those measures. I am more interested in stopping child abuse and neglect in the first place.

Diane

Congress Ignores the Cost of Child Abuse

In all of the discussions you hear about the dire financial troubles of the United States’ budget, you don’t ever hear President Obama or any member of Congress talk about the enormous costs associated with child abuse. In fact, not one president or any member of Congress, in the history of our country, has ever put child abuse and neglect or the plight of adult survivors of child abuse on the national agenda. It seems they want to keep it a secret just as much as the perpetrators and those who protect them do.

Diane

Congressional Meeting on Mandatory Reporting

On December 2, 2011, I met with Senator Bob Casey’s office in Washington, DC to provide input into his pending legislation. He had named it the “Speak Up to Protect Every Abused Kid (Speak Up) Act of 2011.” His objective was to make it mandatory that all adults be held responsible in reporting any child abuse they witness.