Announcement | February 9, 2018

To Our Members: You Did It! Congress Renews Home Visits for 5 Years

A note from Josh Spaulding, National Director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids

Joshua Spaulding

Dear Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Member:

This morning, more than 145,000 families were guaranteed access to a program that provides the support young parents need to help their kids grow up to live crime-free, productive lives.

Congress passed a spending bill that included the reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. Voluntary home visits connect young parents with trained coaches who equip them with the tools and skills they need to stimulate their child’s development and avoid harmful parenting practices that can result in neglect or abuse.

This happened because of you.

More than 1,100 law enforcement leaders of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids told Congress to support their efforts in reducing crime by ensuring the next generation has the support they need to develop into productive adults. Many of you wrote opinion pieces supporting the program. Several of you met with your members of Congress urging them to renew this important program for young families. Congress heard you, and now MIECHV has stable footing for the next five years.

Many of you also voiced your support for renewal of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to ensure kids can grow up healthy. Congress listened and renewed the program for the next decade! As a result, working families won’t have to worry about breaking the bank if their kid gets sick.

You helped make this happen. Congratulations to each and every one of you that stood up to ensure we can help steer the next generation away from crime and help kids grow up ready to succeed!

Thank you for all you do to keep our communities safe!

Josh Spaulding

National Director, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids


Joshua Spaulding

National Director of Policy and Partnerships

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