Governor Bentley's Children's Cabinet
In April Governor Robert Bentley announced the formation of the Governor’s
Children’s Cabinet by Executive Order. Members of the Children’s Cabinet include our agency, the Department
of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention and the following agencies: Human
Resources; Public Health; Early Childhood Education; Education; Mental
Health; Rehabilitation Services – Early Intervention; Youth Services;
Medicaid; and Minority Affairs.
State Representative David Faulkner is also serving on the cabinet and was
elected Vice-Chair in June.
The Children’s Cabinet has met twice and is sharing information among the
agencies to best serve the needs of children in Alabama.
Members are exploring other states that have children’s cabinets to
help guide the work and reviewing best practices, such as developing a
one-stop web site where people can receive information about all services
and resources for children in the state.
The Alabama Children’s Cabinet will advocate for children in the
areas of health care, education, nutrition programs and other needs.
As the work continues, watch for updates in future CTF newsletters.
Governor's Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children
After the passage of Erin’s Law-ACT 2015-456 (HB 197) during the 2015
regular legislative session, a task force was created for the Prevention of
Sexual Abuse of Children. The ongoing task force is continuing to meet on a
regular basis. The task force encourages state agencies and non-profits to
work closely to support the implementation of sexual abuse prevention
programs in our schools. Members of the Task Force have been busy providing
school systems with professional development opportunities, participating in
panel discussions, and presenting to groups concerning the requirements of
the law. The Department has a resource page available on our website
for more information concerning the work of the Task force and available
resources. The Task Force will
continue to provide the needed support to others responsible for
implementing the law.