|Sponsor||Rep. Granger, Kay|
|Committee||Education and Labor|
|Date||April 27, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Sarah Makin|
H. Res. 337 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House under a motion to suspend the rules on April 27, 2009, requiring two-thirds vote to pass. This resolution was introduced by Representative Kay Granger (R-TX) on April 21, 2009, and referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, which took no further action.
H. Res. 337 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "supports the observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in order to increase awareness of child maltreatment and encourage individuals and communities to support children and families;
• "recognizes and applauds the national and community organizations for their work in promoting awareness about child maltreatment including identifying risk factors and developing prevention strategies; and
• "urges families and individuals to report abuse or get help by calling the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child (1-800-422-4453)."
National Child Abuse Prevention Month during the month of April provides a special opportunity to raise awareness about the serious threat that child abuse and neglect poses to our nation's children. The National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-Child, was founded in 1959 by Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, and is run by a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect, Childhelp. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 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.