WHO: Childhelp, the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit advocating for abused and neglected children.
WHAT: Childhelp created the Childhelp National Day of Hope®, held each April during National Child Abuse Prevention Month which mobilizes Americans to join the fight against child abuse. The Childhelp National Day of Hope Luncheon provides an opportunity for Members of Congress and advocates to come together to raise awareness about on-going epidemic of child abuse and neglect in America.
Rebecca Cooper, of American University will be this year’s emcee. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline (1.800.4.A.CHILD), dedicated to the prevention of child abuse 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, will be featured in the event program. Headquartered in Phoenix, the Hotline is staffed by professional crisis counselors and offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources.
In recognition for their tireless efforts to fight child abuse, Childhelp will honor U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) with the Childhelp Caring Award.
Several pieces of legislation introduced in 2015 to protect children, were passed and signed into law by President Barack Obama. Those protections include:
STOP EXPLOITATION THROUGH TRAFFICKING ACT S.166: Senator McCain and Senator Klobuchar
STOP ADVERTISING VICTIMS OF EXPLOITATION (SAVE) ACT H.R. 285: Congresswoman Ann Wagner
TRAINING TEACHERS TO RECOGNIZE CHILD ABUSE: Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Roy Blunt
WHEN: Thursday, April 14, 2016
12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
WHERE: Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902
Constitution Avenue, NE (Between First and Second Streets, NE)
(Once through security, proceed to North Elevator bank, Ninth Floor)
WHY: It is estimated that five children die each day from abuse and neglect in the United States, and for nearly six decades, Childhelp has worked to combat this epidemic.
About Childhelp National Day of Hope:
In 2000, the founders of Childhelp, Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, worked with Congress to pass a resolution designating the first Wednesday of each April as Childhelp National Day of Hope. On this day, people across the country light a five-wick candle and observe five minutes of silence in recognition of the now nearly five children who die each day as a result of abuse and neglect in the home and the millions of others who suffer.
Since 1959, Childhelp® has brought the light of hope and healing into the lives of countless children as a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk children. Childhelp’s programs and services include residential treatment services, children’s advocacy centers, therapeutic foster care, group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. Childhelp created the Childhelp National Day of Hope®, held each April during National Child Abuse Prevention Month that mobilizes Americans to join the fight against child abuse. For more information, log on to www.childhelp.org, facebook.com/childhelp or twitter.com/childhelp.