Childhelp Founders Sara O’Meara, Yvonne Fedderson, and Executive Director John Reid Attend Ceremony at White House Rose Garden
BREAKING NEWS: Scottsdale, Ariz. (July 27, 2006) — Childhelp’s unwavering mission to protect children from
abusers across the country was rewarded today when President Bush signed the National Child Abuse and Neglect Registry into law. Co-founders Sara O’Meara, Yvonne Fedderson, and Executive Director John Reid attended the historic event in the White House’s famed Rose Garden. O’Meara and Fedderson have worked ceaselessly with lawmakers to push the groundbreaking legislation through both the House and Senate. The national registry provides a centralized database of substantiated child abuse cases for tracking and apprehending perpetrators across state lines.
“We are thrilled to see this legislation become law, and are so grateful to the leadership of those in the Capitol who supported it,” said O’Meara and Fedderson. “This is one more step in the battle to stop the horrific cycle of violence against our country’s precious and innocent children.”
The National Registry is a provision within the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. Following is an excerpt from the President’s comments during today’s signing:
“Fourth, the bill I sign today will help prevent child abuse by creating a National Child Abuse Registry, and requiring investigators to do background checks on adoptive and foster parents before they approve to take custody of a child. By giving child protective service professionals in all 50 states access to this critical information, we will improve their ability to investigate child abuse cases and help ensure that the vulnerable children are not put into situations of abuse or neglect.
This is a comprehensive piece of legislation, and it’s an important bill. Our nation grieves with every family that’s suffered the unbearable pain of a child who’s been abducted or abused. This law makes an important step forward in this country’s efforts to protect those who cannot protect themselves.”
Childhelp thanks all those who championed the bill, including Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), Senator Trent Lott (R-Miss.), Congresswoman Sue Kelly (R-N.Y.), Congressman J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.), Congressman Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), and Congressman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis).
Founded in 1959 by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, Childhelp is a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. Childhelp’s approach focuses on prevention, intervention and treatment. The Childhelp® National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp’s programs and services also include residential treatment services (villages); children’s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes; child abuse prevention, education and training; and the National Day of Hope®, part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month every April. For more information on Childhelp, please call (480) 922-8212 or visit the website at www.childhelp.org.