Time for Reform: Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

Date: January 29, 2008

The National Press Club
Murrow, White and Lisagor Rooms
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045


A press conference, “Time for Reform: Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect,” will announce a new economic impact analysis that estimates the costs of child abuse and neglect to society were nearly $104 billion last year and a companion report that addresses the unavailability of federal child welfare funding for programs and services shown to be effective at reducing child abuse and neglect.

Total Estimated Cost of Child Abuse and Neglect in the United States, by Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA) and Time for Reform: Investing in Prevention, Keeping Children Safe At Home, by Kids Are Waiting (KAW), a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts, show that, while the economic costs associated with child abuse and neglect rose to a staggering $103.8 billion in 2007, merely ten percent of federal money dedicated for child welfare, approximately $741.9 million, can currently be used to strengthen families and prevent child abuse from occurring.


Jim Hmurovich, President/CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America
Marci McCoy-Roth, Program Officer, The Pew Charitable Trusts
David Sanders, Executive Vice President, Casey Family Programs
Marc Cherna, Director, Allegheny County (PA) Department of Human Services
Jennifer Gibson, Foster care alumna, Oregon
Cheryl D’Aprix, Senior Family Support Worker and former parent participant, Healthy Families New York


Tuesday, January 29, 2008
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


The National Press Club
Murrow, White and Lisagor Rooms
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045


Parents and youth from additional states listed below will be available to meet with reporters and answer questions following the press conference:

California, Connecticut, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, Nevada,
New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Washington and West Virginia


Gina Russo, Kids Are Waiting, (202) 421-3578, mediaiq@comcast.net
Ben Tanzer, Prevent Child Abuse America, (312) 334-6823, btanzer@preventchildabuse.org

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