BANGOR, Maine (AP) – A couple of senators want to support a national helpline that handles child abuse calls.
Republican Senator Susan Collins from Maine and Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona proposed a bill that would allow the federal administration for children and families to donate $ 2 million annually to a nonprofit group to support the hotline. The Senators said the National Child Abuse Hotline is the only major national hotline with no special federal funding.
The hotline is operated by Childhelp, a non-profit group based in Phoenix. The senators said the hotline received more than 100,000 calls in fiscal 2020.
Collins said the federal hotline would “improve our ability to reach children of all ages as well as parents or caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond”.