Keeping Our Kids Safe From Predators — A Challenge With a Bipartisan Solution

It’s time to act on CPIA, and in a show of bipartisan support for the legislation, House sponsors Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Mike Rogers (R-MI) penned an op-ed that appeared in Roll Call earlier this week. In it, they state:

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“Child safety is a bipartisan issue and the CPIA is a bipartisan solution. During the lame-duck session, we have an opportunity to answer the call of thousands of youth-serving organizations and millions of families across the nation and make sure that not another year goes by with kids unnecessarily at risk. We need a vote on this bill to help keep our children safe in the care and supervision of their camp counselors, mentors and sports coaches.”

And they credit the strong show of support from human services organizations and other coalitions for pushing hard during the final days of the 113th Congress to pass CPIA. We’re proud that all of the organizations below are members of the National Human Services Assembly.

“Since 2008, we have worked with a broad coalition of youth-serving organizations to advance the Child Protection Improvements Act, a meaningful and comprehensive solution to this problem. Our bill would make access to national FBI fingerprint checks easily obtainable, cost-effective, and streamlined for all youth-serving organizations, while preserving existing state background check systems that are working. From the Afterschool Alliance to the American Camp Association, to Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Girl Scouts of the USA, and MENTOR: the National Mentoring Partnership and the YMCA, the nation’s leading youth- serving organizations unequivocally support the CPIA.”

All of us should be passionate about and advocates for keeping our kids safe from predators. Read the op-ed here, and share it widely on social media. Join MENTOR’s CPIA hashtags: #PassCPIA and #KeepKidsSafe. And for those of you with a database of advocates, please activate them to reach out to their Representatives in favor of a vote on CPIA before Congress adjourns!

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