H.Res. 337: Supporting the observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and for other purposes

H.Res. 337

Supporting the observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and for other purposes

Date
April 27, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

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.

 

 

Bill Summary

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)."

 

 

Background

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.