CWLA Says President's Budget For Abused Kids 'Encouraging' But Doesn't Go Far Enough

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Child Welfare League of America

    WASHINGTON, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- "We are encouraged by several items
 in President Bush's first budget that will support the nation's efforts to
 stop child abuse and neglect," said Shay Bilchik, Executive Director of the
 Child Welfare League of America (CWLA).  "Although the proposed new spending
 is modest relative to the size of the nation's problem, we look forward to
 working with the Administration and the Congress to ensure that every child in
 need of care and protection receives it."
     Bilchik further stated that child abuse and neglect is a huge social
 problem with nearly 3 million reports of child abuse and neglect annually,
 nearly 1,000 related child deaths, and almost 600,000 children placed in the
 protective custody of state governments.  Child abuse and neglect is highly
 correlated with other social problems such as criminal behavior, mental
 illness, school performance, homelessness, and teen pregnancy.
     Bilchik said the new proposals by the Administration are a positive start
 for reducing child abuse and neglect but that more is needed.  He cited high
 social worker caseloads, rapid turnover rates among child welfare staff, and
 long waits for treatment by distressed children and families, including
 substance abuse treatment.
     CWLA is the nation's oldest and largest membership-based child welfare
 organization with nearly 1,200 member agencies.
 
 

SOURCE Child Welfare League of America
    WASHINGTON, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- "We are encouraged by several items
 in President Bush's first budget that will support the nation's efforts to
 stop child abuse and neglect," said Shay Bilchik, Executive Director of the
 Child Welfare League of America (CWLA).  "Although the proposed new spending
 is modest relative to the size of the nation's problem, we look forward to
 working with the Administration and the Congress to ensure that every child in
 need of care and protection receives it."
     Bilchik further stated that child abuse and neglect is a huge social
 problem with nearly 3 million reports of child abuse and neglect annually,
 nearly 1,000 related child deaths, and almost 600,000 children placed in the
 protective custody of state governments.  Child abuse and neglect is highly
 correlated with other social problems such as criminal behavior, mental
 illness, school performance, homelessness, and teen pregnancy.
     Bilchik said the new proposals by the Administration are a positive start
 for reducing child abuse and neglect but that more is needed.  He cited high
 social worker caseloads, rapid turnover rates among child welfare staff, and
 long waits for treatment by distressed children and families, including
 substance abuse treatment.
     CWLA is the nation's oldest and largest membership-based child welfare
 organization with nearly 1,200 member agencies.
 
 SOURCE  Child Welfare League of America