It seems we all agree that arbitrary budget cuts are not the way to solve our country’s fiscal challenges. Yet, in the absence of an agreement on any alternatives, we face that prospect with the looming sequester. While recognizing the challenge of your task, we call on you to remember why you must come together to thoughtfully reduce the deficit.
Arbitrary sequester will cut $124,950 from protecting and promoting the welfare of Nevadan children. It will cut $306,000 from Kentucky’s efforts to promote safe and stable families. Ohio will have $3,349,600 less to support social service programs like the Child Protective Services System. California’s Head Start program will lose $49,011,000. In D.C. there will be $147,900 less for child care subsidies.
These charts, detailing state cuts in titles IV-B and XX of the Social Security Act, Head Start and Child Care,
are on the surface just another chart of dollar signs followed by large numbers that you and your Congressional colleagues must weigh against other large sums. However, behind the numbers are real children at risk of abuse and neglect. There are families losing stability, hope, and options who need more than a waiting list or untenable service plan. There are new families trying to heal old wounds of maltreatment.
Preserving these funding streams doesn’t guarantee that every child will be safe, in a loving permanent family capable of nurturing their well-being, but cutting this funding will ensure that some families who could have been helped won’t be. For those children, these arbitrary sequester cuts won’t heal.
Child Welfare League of America
This petition closed 7 months ago
No matter how resilient or how well a child copes, the scars of child maltreatment leave a lasting imprint. Every childhood should be free of this burden, positioned to reach their fullest...
No matter how resilient or how well a child copes, the scars of child maltreatment leave a lasting imprint. Every childhood should be free of this burden, positioned to reach their fullest potential. Though we can't remove every obstacle or provide every opportunity, we can be sure that we've done all we can to make children a national priority.
Federal funding streams like Child Welfare Services, Promoting Safe and Stable Families, the Social Services Block Grant, Head Start, and the Child Care and Development Block Grant provide services that strengthen families. Some of the services help children learn while parents are working, others strengthen families at risk of abuse and neglect, while others promote new permanent families for children who have experienced maltreatment. If the automatic cuts scheduled for March 1st are not stopped by Congress, then these child maltreatment prevention programs will lose funding.
These charts show just how much less money would be available in each state for these services: http://www.cwla.org/advocacy/March1SequestrationImpactOnStateCW.pdf. Behind the tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars for each program in each state are children and families who will be put on another waiting list when seeking help. They will be turned away when in crisis. They will be at increased risk when something could have been done.
We can't remove every obstacle, but we can call on our Congressional leaders to ensure that these opportunities for vulnerable children and struggling families to find stability are not weakened. Sign the petition to stop the March 1st sequester, because these cuts won't heal for the children and families who would have received services.