Governor Greitens Takes Action to Protect Missouri’s Most Vulnerable Children

17 Nov

Governor Greitens Takes Action to Protect Missouri’s Most Vulnerable Children

Governor Greitens has appointed 27 individuals to serve on boards that work to protect children across the state, including the Child Abuse and Neglect Review Boards, Children’s Trust Fund Board, and Missouri State Foster Care and Adoption Board.    
 
 
In January 2017, all 14 members of Missouri State Foster Care and Adoption Board were serving on expired terms. 
 
Four of the six Child Abuse and Neglect Review Boards couldn’t hear cases because they didn’t have the required number of members to meet. Almost 50 out of 54 appointments to the Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board were on vacant or expired terms. 
 
 
Governor Greitens released the following statement:  
“If you’re a kid under Missouri’s protection, you should be protected.
 If you’re a child who’s been abused, you should know that you’re safe and that your abusers have been brought to justice. 
 
If you’re in foster care, you should know that good people are watching out for you.
 
These children are our responsibility. And we need to take that work seriously and do it well. 
 
 
That hasn’t always been the case. There are boards in Missouri that help children who have been abused and help foster kids. In the past, spots on these boards have gone vacant. Terms have expired. And no one has been appointed to replace them. 
 
That’s a big problem. When these boards don’t have members, they can’t meet. Here’s one example: When we took office, four of the six Child Abuse and Neglect Review Boards couldn’t do their work because they didn’t have enough members. 
 
That meant they couldn’t protect our kids. Our children and families deserve better than that. 
 
So today, we’re doing something about it. We’re appointing 27 members to three boards so they can get to work. Twenty-seven volunteers signed up for the Children’s Trust Fund Board, the Missouri State Foster Care and Adoption Board, and the Child Abuse and Neglect Review Boards. We’re proud of them, and we’re excited for them to get to work. 
 
 
We told you we were going to get things done. We told you we were going to fight for the most vulnerable people in our state. And that’s exactly what we’re doing.” 
 
The Governor and the First Lady have worked together to support Missouri’s most vulnerable kids. 
 
 
“We have been working since the start of the year to recruit some of the best people in the state to join these boards, so that they can advocate for and protect our children. We are excited that so many people around the state have stepped up for our kids and are grateful that so many are volunteering their time to strengthen Missouri’s child welfare system,” said First Lady Sheena Greitens. “We look forward to working alongside these boards and commissions to protect and support our children.”

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