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Feb 18, 2010
Focus: Children
Action Request: Protest
Location: United States

The Government wants to stop giving money to Healthy Families America and some other family service programs - organisations that take care of those who are unable to take care of themselves- kids.

My friend Lee Huntington works with Prevent Child Abuse Virginia and Healthy Families America ( http://www.preventchildabuseva.org/ )
Below are his letter to Governor and message to friends asking everyone to support Healthy Families and tell Governor that it is important to keep HF program running.

Could you please help by adding your voice too?

Have you got friends in Virginia or those who consider themselves as friends of VA? Tell them to do the same. Spread the message please. If one state cuts funding on Family care, others might take that as example to "fix" their economy too.  And I strongly believe it's not the way to do that.

Thank you.
Ausra P.

Lee Huntington:

 dear Virginia Friends. Yesterday, among other budget recommendations, Governor McDonnell recommended zeroing out funding for Healthy Families programs in Virginia along with several other family service programs.

Prevent Child Abuse Virginia has mounted a call-in and letter writing campaign. I'd like to ask that each of you take a few minutes to call the Governor's office and speak to an aide. Please express your opposition to the recommended cuts.

The governor's office number is: 804-786-2211 you don't have to go through the whole voice menu. Zero will get you and Aide.

I just sent him the letter in this note which I provide as background:

Thanks for your assistance,
Lee Huntington.

Lee's letter to the Governor:

Dear Governor McDonnell,

As one of the external evaluators for the Healthy Families initiative in Virginia I want to express strongly my disappointment with and opposition to the proposed elimination of HF funding in your budget recommendations. I base my opposition on the following points:

Research has demonstrated that in economic downturns, cases of child abuse and neglect increase and families are at higher-risk for a host of problems.

Child abuse and neglect, as well as other adverse childhood experiences (ACES ), contribute to life-long deficits in learning, health, economic self-sufficiency, and worker productivity. www.acestudy.org

The CDC has gone so far as to state that ACES are the number one factor driving US health care costs and contributing to adult morbidity and mortality.

Healthy Families has for 18 years demonstrated a track record of breaking the cycle of child abuse and neglect, improving access to health care for children, improving immunization rates among under-served groups, and improving protective factors that help children be ready for school.

I would like to ask you to please reconsider your recommendation to cut the funding for this strongly demonstrated program.

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