ACTION: Children Should Not Bear the Brunt of Balancing the Budget

As a part of our ongoing These Cuts Won’t Heal Campaign, CWLA has launched a petition on our Causes page to ask President Obama and Speaker Boehner to hold children harmless in the deficit reduction negotiations. Add your voice by signing the petition today: http://bit.ly/HoldChildrenHarmless.

Millions of children are reported for suspicion of abuse and neglect each year. They are from families struggling with economic insecurity, health and mental health challenges, and histories of trauma. Families on the edge can use resources to stabilize, mitigating the risk of maltreatment. Child welfare funding provides resources for children and families to heal. Child abuse and neglect prevention and safety net funding goes to resources that keep families strong and helps them find stability. Adoption funding helps new families form and solidify.

The petition explains how these programs are a key way to prevent  and treat child maltreatment, but also how they help strengthen families so they can contribute to the recovery and prepare children to lead tomorrow. It also points out that many of these funding streams have already been cut or capped in recent deals to reduce the deficit. It’s time for us to take them off the table.

We started this effort just over two weeks ago and child advocates rallied to beat our original goal of 5,000 signatures before the holiday. We sent the message to the White House and then, we raised the bar. We set out to double the support for children and accomplished it in just two days. Over 10,000 strong, we can’t stop now. As conversations between President Obama and Congress continue, let’s make it known that our voice on behalf of vulnerable children will only grow louder.

Sign the petition and share it with your friends, family, staff, colleagues, and professional networks today. Please also make use of our sample tweets and Facebook posts  to encourage folks to sign. Together, we can raise the bar for children and families.

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