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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: KANSAS REPRESENTATIVE RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR PROTECTING KIDS IN CRISIS
AWARD HONORS LEADERSHIP ON REFORMS EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES TO HELP FAMILIES IN NEED
Kansas Rep. Marc Rhoades was honored with the Foundation for Government Accountability’s 2015 Champion of Children Award Monday for his leadership in the state to protect communities who help families and children in crisis.
Rhoades supported legislation in Kansas to enable community-based organizations to train and prepare volunteer families to take in children whose parents are experiencing a temporary crisis, such as hospitalization or homelessness. Strong partnerships with the FGA and leaders like Rhoades will save thousands of children from being caught up in the foster care system, ensuring families are reunited more quickly and at higher rates.
“Many children experience neglect because their parent don’t know where to turn in a desperate situation, and they’re often afraid of asking the state to step in and help because they don’t want to break up their families,” said Tarren Bragdon, FGA CEO.
“Leaders like Rep. Rhoades are ensuring Kansas families have options that allow them to ask for help before a situation spirals out of control using proven reforms that have helped thousands of families across the country.”
Rhoades is one of a handful of state leaders being recognized from around the country for their work in 2015, and they are the first group of legislators to be honored with this annual award.