Raise your voice for Baltimore Child Abuse Center (BCAC) and Children’s Advocacy Centers nationwide.
Funding for the Victims of Child Abuse Act is at risk.
The Federal budget deal that was just approved took $1.5 billion from the Crime Victims Fund/VOCA, which in turn, could impact the funding for the Victims of Child Abuse Act. CVF/VOCA funds are sustained by fines and fees levied against Federal criminal offenders, not your tax dollars, and 800 Child Advocacy Centers nationwide, including BCAC, rely on $20 million in funding for the Victims of Child Abuse Act to provide critical intervention services to children.
TELL THE HOUSE AND SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEES TO FULLY FUND THE VICTIMS OF CHILD ABUSE ACT.
BCAC was able to help over 1,000 child victims of abuse, trauma, and Adverse Childhood Experiences last fiscal year alone thanks to crucial funding from the Victims of Child Abuse Act. Without this funding, we are unsure if we will be able to provide the same level of care and services to any child in Baltimore who may need our help.
Be a voice for children by contacting your U.S. Senators and Representatives. Let them know that children deserve the child-friendly, trauma-focused approach to abuse and trauma that only BCAC provides to children in Baltimore.
ADD YOUR NAME TO THIS PETITION TO LET MEMBERS OF CONGRESS KNOW THAT OUR CHILDREN NEED FULL FUNDING OF $20 MILLION FOR THE VICTIMS OF CHILD ABUSE ACT SO THAT WE CAN PROVIDE CRITICAL CRISIS INTERVENTION SERVICES FOR BALTIMORE’S CHILDREN.
Alternatively, please call your Maryland Representatives who sit on the House Appropriations Committee:
Congressman, Andy Harris at 202-225-5311;
Congressman, C.A. Dutch Rupersberger at 202-225-3061; and
Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Barbara Mikulski, who is also ranking member of the Commerce, Justice, and Science Committee at 202-224-4524.