Real change requires tackling the source, not just the symptoms, of child endangerment. ACES strives to create safer, healthier environments for children through policy advocacy by educating policymakers and people about the problems, and providing effective policy solutions that will keep kids safe. And we’re willing to fight for that.
A lot of people feel passionately about the health and safety of children, but may not be sure how to influence decisions on those issues. That’s why ACES works with people, policymakers and organizations from a range of sectors and with many points of view – at national, state and local levels – to enact policies that will protect children. We provide a platform for people to take meaningful action that makes a difference, and we’re amplifying voices to bring about real change that will keep kids safe.
ACES has been part of a coalition to bring change to our family courts by helping with a federal resolution, H. Con. Res. 72, which will allow for states to ensure that child safety is the first priority in our courts; family violence matters are resolved before assessing best interest of the child; evidence from court and paid officials will only be accepted from those with the proper abuse and trauma training; and there will be oversight hearings to ensure family court practices are safe for children.
Currently there are 20 House of Representatives (see below) supporting this bi-partisan resolution that will help ensure when a child says me too, family courts across this country will know child safety comes first for the child.
Read the full resolution here.
ACES was proud to help lead the advocacy efforts to pass SB 594, authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski. SB 594 improves child safety and court efficiency by requiring custody evaluators to follow the mandatory practices set forth in state law when conducting investigations and developing their reports to the court. This legislative victory is a significant step forward in reforming our state’s broken family court system.
California Legislative Report Card
The ACES 2015 Legislative Report Card describes several child-safety measures considered by the California Legislature during the 2015 legislative session and presents each legislator’s votes on these bills.
This Report Card is intended to educate and inform you about your legislators’ actions on a number of bills that would benefit children if enacted. We encourage you to use this report card to better understand the political positions of your elected representatives, engage in meaningful dialogue and demand substantive policy solutions to ensure the health and safety of children in the state of California.