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YMCA Adopting Health Policies for Youth

The guidelines grow out of discussions the Y has been having with Michelle Obama, the first lady, and the Partnership for a Healthier America, a year-old nonprofit group dedicated to supporting Mrs. Obama’s campaign to reduce childhood obesity. The first lady will join Y officials for the announcement.

Roughly 700,000 youngsters are enrolled in early childhood, after-school and summer programs at 10,000 Y chapters around the country, and the organization has a broad reach into the lives of American families. Independent experts and White House officials say they hope the Y’s move will serve as a model for other day-care providers.

“The difference between kids getting a sugary beverage and an unhealthy snack versus water and an apple can change a kid’s life, if that’s what they are eating day in and day out after school,” said Sam Kass, Mrs. Obama’s top food policy adviser. “The Y sets a standard.”

The standards, however, will be voluntary; Neil Nicoll, president and chief executive of the Y.M.C.A. of the U.S.A., said the national organization could not impose them on chapters. But Mr. Nicoll said that they had been developed in consultation with Y leaders around the country, and that he expected 85 percent of chapters to comply.

“We don’t anticipate a lot of pushback,” he said. “We find that once kids get into healthy habits of eating carrots instead of cookies and being physically active instead of sitting in front of the screen, they go with the flow pretty easily.”

Specifically, the Y is urging its chapters to serve fruits and vegetables at each meal, and to offer water instead of juice. For young children, the guidelines call for 15 minutes of exercise per hour, no more than 60 minutes per day of screen time for 2- to 5-year-olds, and no screen time for children under 2. Older children would have 60 minutes a day of physical activity, and no access to television or movies. Digital devices would be used only for homework or programs that promote physical activity.

Mr. Nicoll estimates the changes will cost 50 cents per child per day; he said the Y was working with food vendors to help chapters buy discounted fruits and vegetables. It has also pledged an independent evaluation of the program’s effectiveness.

“The early childhood and youth development fields need more evidence of what works to prevent and treat obesity in children and adults,” said Carol Emig, president of Child Trends, a research organization not affiliated with the Y. “Hopefully, the Y experience will produce such evidence.”

The Y is the latest in a string of companies and organizations, including Wal-Mart and Walgreens, to sign onto Mrs. Obama’s initiative. This year, Bright Horizons, a company that provides day care to about 70,000 children, agreed to standards similar to those adopted by the Y.

The Partnership for a Healthier America, financed by philanthropies like the Kaiser Permanente and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundations, was founded to work with the private sector, and to ensure that Mrs. Obama’s initiative continues beyond her White House tenure. The Y will unveil its program at the partnership’s first conference; Mrs. Obama will be the keynote speaker.

“One in three kids are overweight or obese,” said Lawrence A. Soler, the partnership’s chief executive. “We are not going to be able to solve this problem in one or two presidential administrations.”

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: November 30, 2011

An earlier version of this article incorrectly described the source of funding for the Partnership for a Healthier America. It was financed in part by the Kaiser Permanente Foundation, not Kaiser Permanente.

Article source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/30/us/ymca-healthy-living-standards-for-children.html

Child-centred poverty program pleads for help

Organizers of an after-school project are hoping Thunder Bay’s city council and school boards can help as they brace themselves for a possible loss of funding.

The mayor, city councillors and school board representatives all met Tuesday to talk about solutions.

The Neighbourhood Capacity Building program provides food, self-esteem building and Aboriginal activities in seven schools, but its funding from Aboriginal Affairs could dry up at the end of March.

The president of Shkoday Abinojiiwak Obimiwedoon, the organization that runs the program, said it’s upsetting to the people who work with the program.

‘An extra muffin’

“This one little young girl, about five, asked the worker … if she could take a muffin home, an extra muffin … [be]cause she was hoping her mom could eat that day,” Corinne Fox said.

“That’s why I continue to volunteer for so long … We don’t turn away any child.”

Tammy Bobyk, Shkoday’s executive director, said the program fills a huge gap for Thunder Bay school boards.

“They’re supposed to be providing support services and more things for Aboriginal students,” Bobyk said.

She said she thinks the schools may be able to help if they take the funding they receive and put it towards the program.

The program has been funded by Aboriginal Affairs for several years as a pilot project, but that funding could end on March 31.

Funding shortfall: breaking down the numbers

(Excerpt from the Neighbourhood Capacity Building Project’s business case for long term sustainability)

The funding allocated to the Neighbourhood Capacity Building Project (NCBP) from the Office of the Federal Interlocutor (a branch of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada) was granted on an interim basis and expires March 31, 2012. Since its implementation, the NCBP has received over $3.5 million in funding from the federal government and $0.5 million from other sources, which does not include in-kind contributions.

In 2010-2011, the Office of the Federal Interlocutor rendered a decision to reallocate funding from the NCBP in the amount of $50,000 for 2010-2011 and $100,000 for 2011-2012 fiscal years. In addition to the immediate shortfall, there is no identified source of long term, sustainable funding for the NCBP after 2012.

The NCBP is a culturally-centered program designed to emphasize the importance of physical, cultural, mental and emotional development of urban Aboriginal children and youth. Since 2004, critical in-school, after-school and food security programs have been offered to elementary school children across several high poverty neighbourhoods in Thunder Bay.

Utilizing their extensive knowledge of Aboriginal cultures and traditions, Aboriginal youth outreach workers, employed by the Shkoday Abinojiiwak Obimiwedoon, provide cultural programming as well as role modeling and serve as a critical liaison between the school and the Aboriginal parent/caregiver community.

Article source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2011/11/30/tby-poverty-program.html

Lines Grow Long for Free School Meals, Thanks to Economy

The number of students receiving subsidized lunches rose to 21 million last school year from 18 million in 2006-7, a 17 percent increase, according to an analysis by The New York Times of data from the Department of Agriculture, which administers the meals program. Eleven states, including Florida, Nevada, New Jersey and Tennessee, had four-year increases of 25 percent or more, huge shifts in a vast program long characterized by incremental growth.

The Agriculture Department has not yet released data for September and October.

“These are very large increases and a direct reflection of the hardships American families are facing,” said Benjamin Senauer, a University of Minnesota economist who studies the meals program, adding that the surge had happened so quickly “that people like myself who do research are struggling to keep up with it.”

In Sylva, N.C., layoffs at lumber and paper mills have driven hundreds of new students into the free lunch program. In Las Vegas, where the collapse of the construction industry has caused hardship, 15,000 additional students joined the subsidized lunch program this fall. In Rochester, unemployed engineers and technicians have signed up their children after the downsizing of Kodak and other companies forced them from their jobs. Many of these formerly middle-income parents have pleaded with school officials to keep their enrollment a secret.

Students in families with incomes up to 130 percent of the poverty level — or $29,055 for a family of four — are eligible for free school meals. Children in a four-member household with income up to $41,348 qualify for a subsidized lunch priced at 40 cents.

Among the first to call attention to the increases were Department of Education officials who use subsidized lunch rates as a poverty indicator in federal testing. This month, in releasing results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, they noted that the proportion of the nation’s fourth graders enrolled in the lunch program had climbed to 52 percent from 49 percent in 2009, crossing a symbolic watershed.

In the Rockdale County Schools in Conyers, Ga., east of Atlanta, the percentage of students receiving subsidized lunches increased to 63 percent this year from 46 percent in 2006.

“We’re seeing people who were never eligible before, never had a need,” said Peggy Lawrence, director of school nutrition.

One of those is Sheila Dawson, a Wal-Mart saleswoman whose husband lost his job as the manager of a Waffle House last year, reducing their income by $45,000. “We’re doing whatever we can to save money,” said Ms. Dawson, who has a 15-year-old daughter. “We buy clothes at the thrift store, we see fewer movies and this year my daughter qualifies for reduced-price lunch.”

She added, “I feel like: ‘Hey, we were paying taxes all these years. This is what they were for.’ ”

Although the troubled economy is the main factor in the increases, experts said, some growth at the margins has resulted from a new way of qualifying students for the subsidized meals, known as direct certification. In 2004, Congress required the nation’s 17,000 school districts to match student enrollment lists against records of local food-stamp agencies, directly enrolling those who receive food stamps for the meals program. The number of districts doing so has been rising — as have the number of school-age children in families eligible for food stamps, to 14 million in 2010-11 from 12 million in 2009-10.

“The concern of those of us involved in the direct certification effort is how to help all these districts deal with the exploding caseload of kids eligible for the meals,” said Kevin Conway, a project director at Mathematica Policy Research, a co-author of an October report to Congress on direct certification.

Congress passed the National School Lunch Act in 1946 to support commodity prices after World War II by reducing farm surpluses while providing food to schoolchildren. By 1970, the program was providing 22 million lunches on an average day, about a fifth of them subsidized. Since then, the subsidized portion has grown while paid lunches have declined, but not since 1972 have so many additional children become eligible for free lunches as in fiscal year 2010, 1.3 million. Today it is a $10.8 billion program providing 32 million lunches, 21 million of which are free or at reduced price.

All 50 states have shown increases, according to Agriculture Department data. In Florida, which has 2.6 million public school students, an additional 265,000 students have become eligible for subsidies since 2007, with increases in virtually every district.

“Growth has been across the board,” said Mark Eggers, the Florida Department of Education official who oversees the lunch program.

In Tennessee, the number of students receiving subsidized meals has grown 37 percent since 2007.

“When a factory closes, our school districts see a big increase,” said Sarah White, the state director of school nutrition.

Robbie Brown and Kimberley McGee contributed reporting.

Article source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/30/education/surge-in-free-school-lunches-reflects-economic-crisis.html

The Y Makes Commitment to Advance First Lady’s Efforts to Keep Kids Healthy

 The Y Makes Commitment to Advance First Ladys Efforts to Keep Kids Healthy

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Ys nationwide to establish physical activity and healthy eating standards for the 700,000 children in its early childhood and afterschool programs

CHICAGO, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Today, YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the national resource office for the nation’s 2,700 Ys, committed to standards that would ensure that more children have access to healthy food and physical activity in its 10,000 early childhood and afterschool programs across the country. 

The new commitment is to the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and was announced at the Building a Healthier Future Summit, focused on ending the childhood obesity epidemic. PHA, which hosted the Summit, works with the private sector and its honorary chairwoman first lady Michelle Obama to solve the nation’s childhood obesity crisis.

“As one of the nation’s largest providers of early childhood and afterschool programs, the Y can make a significant impact in improving the health of hundreds of thousands of children nationwide,” said Neil Nicoll, president and CEO of Y-USA. “The Y is a leading nonprofit strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  Across the country, children are in desperate need of healthy environments that help them thrive. Implementing standards and practices for Y childcare programs will help create a healthier future for our nation’s children.”

The new standards will:

  • Establish a minimum of expected physical activity for children of different ages enrolled in our programs;
  • Define food and beverages offerings, including designating water as the primary beverage during snack times and offering fruits and vegetables as snack options;
  • Limit the amount of screen time  (watching TV, playing video games, using computers);
  • Encourage breastfeeding of infants in our care; and
  • Commit Ys to conducting parent education to encourage healthy behaviors at home.

In the last few decades, childhood obesity rates have soared. Nationally, one in three children is obese or overweight, which puts children at risk for chronic diseases often seen in adults, such as high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and type-2 diabetes. This health crisis sheds light on the need to provide children and their parents or guardians with the resources and the support they need to live healthier. With a presence in nearly 10,000 communities nationwide, the Y is uniquely positioned to address this issue.

“YMCA of the USA has always been committed to fostering healthy environments for those in its care,” said PHA’s CEO Larry Soler. “This commitment establishes standards helping to create the healthiest environment possible. Perhaps most importantly, the Y’s commitment means that we can help make the healthy choice the easy choice for the hundreds of thousands of busy parents who rely on the Y for early childhood and afterschool programs.”

Many Ys across the country have had some form of healthy eating and physical activity standards already in place. The implementation of these new standards will roll out over the next four years. In addition, the Y will implement comprehensive systems to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the standards, training to educate child care staff, grants to offset costs and support in negotiating with preferred vendors.  

The standards are based in part on years of research supported by collaborations with the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), University of Massachusetts at Boston, the Healthy Out of School Time Coalition (HOST) and the National Institute for Out of School Time (NIOST). Through these collaborations, as well as the experience of Ys across the nation, the Y has learned the most effective ways to create healthy environments in out-of-school time settings. 

Additionally, the Institute of Medicine’s Early Childhood Obesity Prevention policies, the National Afterschool Association’s “Standards for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Out of School Time Programs” and the Let’s Move Child Care Standards played a significant role the guidelines.

For more information about the Y, visit www.ymca.net 

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net

About Partnership for a Healthier America

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with – but independent from – first lady Michelle Obama‘s Let’s Move! effort. PHA is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that is led by some of the nation’s most respected health and childhood obesity experts. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. Most important, PHA ensures that commitments made are commitments kept by working with unbiased, third parties to monitor and publicly report on the progress our partners are making. For more information about PHA, please visit www.aHealthierAmerica.org and follow PHA on Twitter @PHAnews.

Mamie Moore
YMCA of the USA


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Article source: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-y-makes-commitment-to-advance-first-ladys-efforts-to-keep-kids-healthy-134748068.html

Autumn Statement 2011: free childcare for one-in-four toddlers

Currently, three- and four-year-olds are entitled to 15 hours a week of early
education for 38 weeks a year.

The Department for Education had announced an extension of the scheme, saying
around 140,000 two-year-olds would also win the entitlement.

But in his statement, the Chancellor announced the number would now be almost
doubled to around 260,000 children.

“Education. Early years learning. That is how you change the life chances of
our least well off – and genuinely lift children out of poverty,” he said.

Some £73m will be spent on the proposals next year, rising to £203m a year
later and £380m by 2014/15.

The Daycare Trust, which represents nurseries, welcomed the proposals but
suggested any benefits may be offset by a freeze on Working Tax Credits for
couples and single-parent families.

Anand Shukla, chief executive, added: “At a time when family budgets are
increasingly squeezed and childcare costs are rising, parents will now be
forced to shoulder more of these costs themselves. This risks trapping
families on benefits if they find that they are no longer better off in

Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers,
said: “Today’s changes will not bring back the 124 Sure Start centres which
have closed since the government came into office and our poorest families
will be hit by the squeeze on benefit increases.

“While the richest continue to get richer, the poorest children will miss
meals more often and will continue to miss school for want of shoes.”

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Mom discovers babysitter sexually abused child while talking to him about Penn …

A California teenager charged with sexually molesting two brothers is believed to have “conversed” with more than 100 parents by advertising his baby sitter services online, police said.

Ironically, the case against Jordan Liu, 19, came to light after the boys’ mother sat her 8-year-old child down to discuss the Penn State University abuse scandal.

Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has been charged with assaulting eight boys over a 15 year period, leading to the dismissal of the university president and football coach Joe Paterno.

“She was trying to describe some of the acts that are basically no-nos,” Glendale Police Department spokesman Tom Lorenz told ABC News.

“The child began to cry and said, ‘Mommy, the babysitter has been doing this to me.’”

Liu was arrested Nov. 22 and pleaded not guilty to the charges in Glendale Superior Court Monday.

He faces eight charges of child molestation for allegedly abusing the 8-year-old and 3-year-old brothers over eight months, authorities said.

The family hired Liu as a baby sitter through the website sittercity.com, and he took the children on outings at least once a month for the past eight months, police officials said.

Detectives found evidence he abused both boys after the allegations came to light, according to reports.

Liu also advertised his services on care.com and investigators found he may have been in contact with more than 100 parents, though it is unclear how many families he actually met with.

He has been held in lieu of $2.7 million bail and is due back in court Jan. 5.


Article source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/mom-discovers-babysitter-sexually-abused-child-talking-penn-state-police-article-1.984479?localLinksEnabled=false

Mother of starved Oklahoma City child pleads guilty to abuse, neglect charges

Aesusena Gonzalez, 31, pleaded guilty to one count each of child abuse and child neglect as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. She received 20 years for each count, to be served concurrently.

Gonzalez, who is also known as Asusena Gonzales, must serve 18.5 years before she is eligible for parole. She faced a possible sentence of up to life in prison if she had been convicted by a jury.

A Department of Human Services worker investigating an anonymous tip found the girl July 18 and called police to 1124 SW 36, where Gonzalez and Sergio Almeida, 28, lived with six children.

The girl weighed only 19 pounds when she was hospitalized, less than she did during an 18-month checkup, police said. She had very little muscle tissue and marks on her thighs that appeared to have been caused by being beaten with a cord.

Prosecutors said the girl is making “good progress.”

Almeida, 28, and Maria Gonzalez, 51, the girl’s grandmother, are charged with enabling child neglect.

Both have court appearances scheduled for early next year.

Almeida was arrested July 20 when he showed up for a hearing involving the other five children.

He lived at the house and stayed there at least two nights a week when not traveling for work, the children told investigators.

Maria Gonzalez was arrested July 22 in Denton, Texas, after the girl’s 12-year-old brother told police she tended to them at least twice a week while their mother was at work.

She told DHS she had lived at the house but moved out because her daughter was not taking care of the children.

“The victim’s condition was so horrific that it would have been impossible for Maria not to have known there was abuse,” a detective reported.

When the DHS worker went to the house and asked the girl where she slept, the girl took the worker to the mother’s bedroom and pointed to the closet.

A cup in the closet contained urine and feces.

Aesusena Gonzalez told the DHS worker she thought the girl had been using the cup to urinate in.

Article source: http://newsok.com/mother-of-starved-oklahoma-city-child-pleads-guilty-to-abuse-neglect-charges/article/3627697

Program shines light on abuse

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For 14 years, Nightlights has been brightening the lives of abused children in Larimer County, shining its light into the darkness of abuse. But, what is NightLights?

Is NightLights a tree? Although the NightLights Tree that stands 50 feet tall and is illuminated with 25,000 blue lights and features giant ornaments of children’s faces has become a landmark in Old Town, NightLights is something even bigger.

Is NightLights an event? Every Dec. 1, we come together as a community to enjoy live music and tasty treats. Although thousands of people have made it their family tradition to be there when the tree is lit, NightLights is much more than an event.

Is NightLights a fundraiser? Even though the NightLights event is free for all who attend, it has become one of the community’s largest fundraisers for abused children in Larimer County. Businesses, families and individuals sponsor lights on the NightLights Tree to provide for more than 1,500 abused and at-risk children locally during the Christmas season. These donations also support emergency funding and services to the children served by 18 valuable youth agencies in the New Year.

Thanks to event sponsors and the business members of Realities For Children, 100 percent of every donation directly serves children in need when there are no other resources available. NightLights, however, is something more amazing still.

To understand what NightLights is, it is important to understand the issues of child abuse. Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic and educational level and across all ethnic, religious and cultural lines. In the United States, a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds; and by the end of each day, five children will have died as a result of abuse. Colorado has seen a 30 percent increase in child-abuse deaths during the past four years and has ranked as high as the third-worst state in the nation for child-abuse deaths. Last year alone, Larimer County fielded 5,848 reports of child abuse.

These are statistics that certainly would be easy to turn away from. Unfortunately if we do so, we allow such atrocities to continue. Edmund Burke eloquently stated, “All that’s necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.” Doing “nothing” is not an option; we simply cannot allow those who would harm children to remain protected by the darkness and silence they thrive upon.

The 25,000 blue lights on the Nightlights Tree represent the international color of child-abuse prevention and awareness. The event is how we come together as a community to be a voice for those silenced by abuse, and the ornaments of the children remind us that those served are not a statistic. Each child has a name and a face and deserves to be protected and cared for. The funds raised have become an essential thread of the child protective services fabric in our community and help to ensure that no child is forgotten.

So NightLights is a tree, an event and a fundraiser, but perhaps the best answer comes when you ask one of the children who have been given a NightLight in the darkness of their abuse just what NightLights is all about. The answer is as simple as it is powerful; NightLights is hope.

For more information about NightLights and the children served, visit www.GiveaNightLight.com or call (970) 484-9090.

Article source: http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20111130/OPINION04/111300311/Program-shines-light-abuse?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cs

Community Partners Will Adopt 250 Needy Families From The Child Abuse …

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ORANGE, Calif., Nov 30, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) –
The Child Abuse Prevention Center (CAPC) will launch its 2011 Families
Helping Families Campaign at the December 3rd, 2011, Los
Angeles Kings game against the Montreal Canadiens beginning at 12:30
p.m. at the Staples Center. The CAPC will also host a ribbon-cutting
ceremony on December 17th, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate
the opening of its holiday warehouse and distribution center located at
500 S. Main Street in Orange, where Wells Fargo staff will be in
attendance to donate valuable volunteer hours.

“The Los Angeles Kings and Wells Fargo have both been long-time
supporters of our Families Helping Families program,” said Scott
Trotter, executive director at the Prevention Center. “They both go
above and beyond just adopting our client families. They provide
tremendous support through volunteering, special events and fundraising
campaigns to bring holiday joy to those that need it most.”

WHAT: Families Helping Families Adopt a Family

WHERE: The Staples Center and The Prevention Center Holiday

WHEN: Saturday, December 3rd, 2011, at 12:30 p.m.
and December 17th, 2011, at 11:00 a.m.

Los Angeles Kings Families Helping Families

The Los Angeles Kings have participated in Families Helping Families for
the last three years, where players, coaches and staff adopt 30 families
and invite the families to their ice rink to enjoy a day of skating,
opening gifts and lunch with the players. This year, however, the Los
Angeles Kings have gone beyond expectation to support the Prevention
Center in a holiday fundraising campaign. Not only are 25 families
invited to watch the December 3rd game from luxury suites,
where they will receive holiday gifts and meet the players, but Los
Angeles Kings fans may purchase specialty packages for admission to the
December 3rd game, where proceeds from the event will benefit
the Prevention Center. For more information visit:


Ribbon Cutting

On December 17th local dignitaries, the Prevention Center
Board of Directors, members of the Business Advisory Board and other
publicly elected officials will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony
to celebrate the launch of Families Helping Families. An In-N-Out truck
will be on hand to feed 200 volunteers, and Wells Fargo staff will
contribute valuable volunteer hours in addition to adopting almost 40
client families.

About Families Helping Families

Every holiday season the Prevention Center works with the community to
provide holiday gifts for families in need. Individuals, businesses and
community outreach groups will adopt 250 of the Center’s client
families, supporting the largest, client-centered program the Prevention
Center offers. Organizations and individual families provide gifts that
the client families need most, such as warm blankets, clothing and shoes.

About The Child Abuse Prevention Center

The Child Abuse Prevention Center is dedicated to serving at-risk
children and families in crisis. As Orange County’s leading
not-for-profit organization focused exclusively on the prevention of
child abuse, the early intervention programs of the CAPC have a
well-documented record of working to prevent child abuse before it

For more information please visit:
or become a fan at
www.facebook.com/childabusepreventioncenter .

SOURCE: Child Abuse Prevention Center

        Child Abuse Prevention Center 
        Michelle Hodges, 714-955-6510 

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Beshear orders records opened in child death cases

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear ordered a child welfare agency on Tuesday to release investigative records in child abuse deaths.

Under pressure from child advocates, Beshear told reporters at a Capitol news conference Tuesday that he would also press the legislature to pass a law next year to give clear guidance on the release of such information in the future. He also called for an independent review of the state’s child protection policies and practices.

“The death of any child is one too many, which is why it’s imperative state government do all it can to protect our vulnerable children,” Beshear said in a statement. “We have reviewed our laws alongside the laws of all other states regarding information released in these terrible situations. Everyone’s ultimate goal is to protect children, and my directives today are part of a comprehensive plan to strengthen our system.”

The governor, who won a second term earlier this month, said his order calls for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services to release all records from its reviews of deaths and near deaths from abuse and neglect, absent certain information that would identify confidential tipsters.

The move was a policy reversal for Beshear’s administration, which had been fighting in court to keep the records private.

The Courier-Journal of Louisville, the Lexington Herald-Leader and the Todd County Standard have filed lawsuits against the state in attempts to obtain records regarding children who died while under supervision of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled that the records should be provided to the newspapers.

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Article source: http://www.kypost.com/dpp/news/state/Beshear-orders-records-opened-

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