Washington, DC - Today, in commemoration of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Congresswoman Stefanik was presented with an award for her outstanding efforts to prevent and treat child abuse in Congress by Childhelp, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse across the country.
In January, Congresswoman Stefanik helped introduce H.R. 485 - The Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (Stronger CAPTA), which passed the House in March with broad, bipartisan support. Congresswoman Stefanik co-wrote a provision in the bill that will authorize the Department of Health and Human Services to award funding for the ongoing operation of a 24-hour, national, toll-free child abuse hotline to provide information and assistance to victims of child abuse or neglect, parents, caregivers, or concerned community members.
"I am honored that Childhelp recognized and awarded my legislative work to improve child welfare, particularly child abuse prevention and treatment, in Congress. I truly believe it is my utmost responsibility to protect the well-being of children in the North Country and across the country, and I will continue to partner with advocacy groups like Childhelp and find innovative solutions to do so," said Congresswoman Stefanik.
Stronger CAPTA also passed unanimously in the Education and Labor Committee and through the House in the 116th Congress.