"Child Abuse and Neglect costs the taxpayers of this state approximately $520,000,000 dollars annually in direct and indirect costs, prevention is the key to ending child abuse and neglect and the investment in our children to build healthy families is invaluable," according to Sen. Reed.
Sen. Reed recognized the 4,500 families that were served by local programs in Walker County last year alone, "there are several prevention programs in Walker County addressing Parenting Education and Support and Fatherhood and we need to continue to support these programs with both funding and volunteer time."
Senate Bill 35 passed out of the Judiciary Committee on April 20 and this bill would allow for additional funding to go directly to the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention to be used for competitive grants at the community level if successfully passed by the Senate and House.
"I look forward to working with the members of the Children, Youth Affairs and Human Resources committee to identify and address legislation that positively affects the children of our state," Reed said.
As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Sen. Reed toured the display currently highlighting the literary works of children who have been served by the Department of Youth Services. This project is a join adventure between the Alabama Writer's Forum and the Department of Youth Services, and is a national model of a creative writing program for juvenile offenders.