Statement from Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on the Reauthorization of Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act
The President is pleased that today Congress passed S. 3817 reauthorizing the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act. This important legislation will strengthen child protective services and continue life-saving programs for victims of domestic violence. The President thanks Chairman Harkin and Chairman Miller for their great work, and he particularly thanks Senator Dodd for his leadership. This legislative achievement is a fitting tribute to his many years of effort in the Senate to protect the most vulnerable of our citizens.
Click here for the article by The Catholic Review about how BCAC, and the Archdiocese of Baltimore plan on spreading the message that child sexual abuse is preventable, and we all can do our part to stop it.
One of the most inflluential radio stations in Baltimore, WYPR Baltimore, has featured the mission of BCAC in an article written by Ms. Natasha Lesser. It is important that the communities of Baltimore know what we do at BCAC and the many ways we help children and their families dealing with the trauma of sexual abuse, as well as ways to prevent it.
For information about prevention services, and/or to schedule a prevention training for your organization, contact the Prevention Coordinator by email or call (410) 396-6147.
BCAC was one of 17 recent recipents of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation's Maryland Small Grant Program. They listed BCAC in their latest e-news. Read about it:
Before 40 new police cadets and their families, Adam Rosenberg, BCAC's Executive Director, gave an address imploring new cadets to believe they can make a difference. Read the text of it here
The Baltimore community lost a guardian for the safety of children when Clarisse Mechanic passed away this weekend at the age of 85.
Her commitment and gifts to this city were numerous. She loved helping children's organizations and the Baltimore Child Abuse Center was fortunate to have worked with Mrs. Mechanic in her desire to keep children safe. Her loss will be felt by all of us.
"It was an honor to have befriended Mrs. Mechanic. She joined us for our building dedication last year and I had the personal pleasure of regularly lunching with her at her favorite places where she shared stories of Baltimore that she made come alive," recalled BCAC Executive Director Adam Rosenberg. "Her dedication to BCACwas special and conveyed how much she cared about helping children."
Adam Rosenberg, Clarisse Mechanic, and Pat Jessamy at BCAC's Open House 2008