Stop Abuse Campaign calls for investment in Maternal Home Visiting in light of Ziair Davis’ assault charges.
National Organization calls for investment in programs that protect children from abuse in light of Ziair Davis’ assault charges.
(Rochester, NY) The Stop Abuse Campaign, a national organization that prevents child abuse and trauma through public policy and education, is calling on Governor Cuomo and the NY legislature to fund Maternal Home Visiting (MHV) programs that prevent tragedies like Ziair Davis assaulting his two-month-old infant.
Ziair Davis pled not guilty in court last week to charges of first degree assault, second degree assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.
“We know child abuse, neglect, abandonment and murder are linked to a parent’s stress level and trauma history. Those things interfere with their ability to bond with their child. It’s easy to identify which parents are at the greatest risk for maltreating their babies, and Maternal Home Visiting programs provide these families with support enabling them to bond with and successfully parent their baby” says Melanie Blow, COO of the Stop Abuse Campaign.
“The CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experience study shows that abuse can never be undone. Abused children live shorter, less healthy lives and contribute less to society. Maternal Home Visiting programs, such as Healthy Families NY save taxpayer money by preventing the increased health care, special education services, juvenile delinquency and the direct costs of CPS investigations,” says Andrew Willis, CEO of the Stop Abuse Campaign.
“Although each case is different and we cannot predict the outcome we do know that Healthy Families New York works with families prenatally until their child reaches five years of age. In an ongoing 17 year random assignment study on HFNY it has been proven that Healthy Families is successful at preventing Child Abuse and Neglect and has also led to improved Health outcomes in both the child and family as a whole. Unfortunately, due to underfunding, the program is only available to 5% of eligible families at a time when NY’s rate of child abuse is rising” said AnnMarie Correa, the director of the Buffalo Healthy Families NY site.
“According to the Schuyler Center for Advocacy and Analysis, only 5% of willing and eligible New York families have access to the evidence based Maternal Home Visiting programs that break the cycle of poverty and trauma. These programs can play a crucial role in reducing CPS caseloads, poor educational performance, delinquency and many other things. But Albany has kept them flat-funded for over a decade. One child is too many, Governor Cuomo and the New York legislature need to fund these programs if we don’t want to see many more.” says Ms Blow.
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