On April 18, 2012, Senator Barbara Boxer along with Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Jeff Merkley and Richard Blumenthal introduced S. 2293, the National Parent Helpline Act. The bill will create a grants program to support a National Parent Helpline to provide our nation’s 149 million parents and caregivers with emotional support and empowerment strategies to strengthen families.
Research shows that over 2% of children are impacted by child abuse or neglect annually and that child abuse and neglect are predictors of juvenile delinquency. The National Parent helpline assists our nation’s parents and caregivers with issues related to parenting and positive discipline techniques, effective communication strategies, stress reduction, and personal care and safety. Providing parents and caregivers with tools and information will lessen the incidence of child abuse and neglect and, thus, the incidence of juvenile delinquency.
The National Parent Helpline Act is vital to providing resources to parents and caregivers, healthy and stable environments for children and limiting the introduction of our nation’s youth to the juvenile justice system. Tell Congress to support and pass the National Parent Helpline Act today!
Call your Senators and Members of Congress and urge them to support S. 2293 and our nation’s parents, caregivers, children and youth.
A list of Senators by state can be found here. Please contact both of your Senators and urge their support.
To find your Member of Congress, please enter your zip code at the top of the page here. Please urge your Member of Congress to sponsor a companion bill to S. 2293 in the House and to support the Senate bill.
Below are talking points to use when contacting your Senators and Member of Congress. We thank you for your support of the National Parent Helpline and parents, caregivers, children and youth throughout the nation.
- Being a parent is a critically important job, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. All parents need help and support at times in order to provide a safe and caring home for their children. Millions of parents feel isolated, alone and frustrated and need a safe and easily accessible avenue to reach out for help.
- According to a recent study conducted by the US Department of Health and Human Services, child abuse and neglect are a serious public health problem impacting 900,000 American children on an annual basis.
- Research establishes that child abuse and neglect is a contributing factor to many chronic diseases and psychological disorders, as well as factors associated with juvenile delinquency and learning difficulties.
- Our nation needs to invest in prevention which is essential to strengthen families and preventing child maltreatment and delinquency.
- S. 2293, the National Parent Helpline Act, introduced by Senators Boxer, Gillibrand and Merkley will create an essential prevention resource for the 149 million parents and caregivers, who can seek help, get support, build their strengths and create hope for the future.
- Safe, stable, and nurturing relationships have been widely accepted as essential to childhood development and a central edict to the public health approach of preventing child maltreatment. With one call, or mouse click, parents and caregivers will become empowered to resolve complications contributing to child maltreatment and receive referrals to local social services when appropriate.
- Every call to the National Parent Helpline will be answered by a trained Helpline Advocate who provides various supports and assistance to parents/caregivers.
- This vital new national resource will assist parents with a wide range of issues such as parenting and positive discipline techniques, effective communication strategies, stress reduction, personal care and safety, and provide referrals to community-based prevention programs, shelters, substance abuse programs, respite care, and child care.
- Building on the strengths of parents and caregivers will result in long-term individual, relationship, community and societal change. Beyond their own family circumstances, parents will become resources to others in their community struggling with similar issues. As leaders, parents can provide valuable input to creating responsive programs and policies that meet the needs of families.
- The National Parent Helpline will serve as an essential, consistent prevention resource for millions of parents and caregivers as they strive to create a productive and comforting family environment while instilling children with a sense of responsibility and goals.
- We urge you to support S. 2293, the National Parent Helpline and create this vital resource for our nation’s parents, caregivers, children and youth. Thank you for your support.