The Legislature convened yesterday at the Minnesota State Capitol to kick of the 2019 session. This year will likely see a number of important policy debates as well as consideration of how to best spend a projected 1.5 billion budget surplus.
Every year, the National Children’s Alliance holds an annual conference in Washington D.C. State coalitions and local CACs gather in a downtown hotel to share their work. They recognize the accomplishments of leaders in our field and build skills to improve coordinated responses to child abuse.
As parents, caregivers, and community members caring for the children in our lives it is important to use every opportunity to teach and model safety for children.
The experiences we have as children affect who we are later in life. Makes sense, right? Unfortunately, the difficult events we endure can have a lasting impact.
Marian Edelman Wright, Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund and lifelong advocate for children’s rights, once said: “If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.”
“We had a family come in that were not native English speakers. They were in an incredibly difficult situation. Everyone here was quick to get them everything they needed to feel comfortable and safe,”
How able are children and families able to access the services they need in a culturally-responsive way in their own communities and where do barriers exist?