Child Welfare in the 21st Century

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Make Your Vote Count

Posted by lboyd544 on October 12, 2012

 

On November 6, 2012, Oklahoma voters will select a U.S. president and five representatives to the U.S. Congress. This election will affect Oklahoma children. But since they can’t vote, they need you to make their voices heard.

Why? Because children in Oklahoma face serious challenges.

According to the most recent published data reports:

  • 23% of Oklahoma’s children live in poverty
  • 11% of Oklahoma’s children have no health insurance
  • 7248 Oklahoma children (SFY 2010) were confirmed victims of abuse and neglect, and
  • 36% of Oklahoma’s fourth graders score below Basic Reading levels

It’s more important than ever for all of us to know where the candidates stand when it comes to our children and the programs that support their growth and development. Ask questions and cast your ballots wisely. Your vote can make a difference to you, your child, and to all America’s children. After all, when we invest in kids, we invest in America.

So what can you do?

Ask questions. Get the facts.

What will candidates do to:

  • ensure children are protected from violence in their homes, schools, and communities?
  • make sure every child has access to the best available medical and dental care?
  • make sure children have a home and get enough to eat?
  • help children get high-quality early care and education?
  • see that school-age children are safe, supervised, and learning after school?

Register to vote. Encourage others to register.

Learn more about the Issues affecting children and families.

Talk to the candidates, your friends, relatives, co-workers, and child service providers.

Vote on or before November 6, 2012.                 

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