Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Child Advocates Concerned With Lack Of “VOCA” Funding In Purposed Budget

National-Childrens-AllianceCongress is getting visits from people concerned that funding for child abuse survivors and investigators is falling by the wayside in federal budget negotiations.  The Victims of Child Abuse Act or "VOCA" has been "zeroed out" in President Obama's 2014 budget proposal.  

The same thing happened for the 2013 budget year, and the funding was restored only after an uproar from law enforcement and victims' advocates.  

Teresa Huizar, who heads the National Children's Alliance, says this is a battle that should not have to be fought every year.

Young children are more likely to die of child abuse or neglect in metro Phoenix than any other major metropolitan area in the country. Statewide, there have been 42,000 reports of abuse and neglect in the past year.  

For 20 years now, VOCA has provided part of the funding for Children's Advocacy Centers, where victims of abuse and their families can receive coordinated medical, legal and mental health services.

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