Sen. Kaine introduces legislation to strengthen support for children at risk of abuse

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MIAMI, FL – JULY 23: (FILE) Democratic vice presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) speaks during a campaign rally with Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Florida International University Panther Arena on July 23, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine made their first public appearance together a day after the Clinton campaign announced Senator Kaine as the Democratic vice presidential candidate. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (WFXR) – Last week, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Tammy Baldwin, both members of the State Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced two pieces of legislation to strengthen America’s child welfare system.

The Child Welfare Workforce Support Act would address high turnover rates among child welfare workers, and the Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act would help prevent the maltreatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth who are more likely to experience childhood sexual abuse than their non-LGBTQ peers.

Both bills would help ensure there are enough well-trained child welfare workers and improve outcomes for at-risk youth.

“It’s so important for Congress to strengthen America’s child welfare system to better protect vulnerable children and help them overcome the devastating impacts of abuse. Child welfare workers, LGBTQ children, and other vulnerable youth must have the necessary resources and assistance to succeed, and I urge my colleagues to support these bills so we can ensure our system best supports those in need.”

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)

Careers in child welfare work are often difficult to sustain and result in high turnover rates due to their relatively low compensation and work benefits.

In Virginia, the annual turnover rate is around 30 percent.

View the Child Welfare Workforce Support Act below.

View the Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act below.

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