State of Arkansas Archives: on Families & Children

Asa Hutchinson: Reformed child welfare system with faith-based partners

We have reformed our child welfare system. Three years ago, you approved $24 million additional funding for our child welfare programs, and the result is a 30 percent increase in foster beds; the result is 22 percent increase in caseworkers; and the result is nearly 1,000 fewer children in foster care. We initiated the Restore Hope Summit where our faith-based leaders and government partners figured out ways to work together.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Arkansas legislature Jan 15, 2019

Asa Hutchinson: More funding for foster children

Let's not leave anyone behind, and that is why I am asking your support for a higher level of funding, also, for our foster children in Arkansas. We need to improve the system. We need to adequately provide for our foster children that are in our care. We need to address their needs, and hopefully, provide a way out and restore family relationships. But we need to provide the additional funding that is being requested in the budget.
Source: 2017 Arkansas State of the State address Jan 10, 2017

Tom Cotton: Domestic violence victim funding pushes ideological agenda

Mark Pryor released a new campaign ad criticizing Cotton for voting against legislation to aid victims of domestic violence. The ad cites that Cotton "voted against protecting women and children from domestic violence."

Domestic violence has gotten a spate of national attention with the release of video showing former NFL player Ray Rice beating the woman who is now his wife. The issue had been before Congress in 2013 when the federal Violence Against Women Act came up for renewal. Before the House passed a 5-year extension of the law, it rejected a GOP alternative. Cotton voted against both versions.

His campaign website explains that he believes the federal program spends too much money to "fund liberal organizations to carry out an ideological agenda without effective results in reducing violence against women." A Cotton spokesman said the ad was a part of Democrats' effort to claim Cotton was waging a "war on women," and to distract from "Obama-Pryor economic policies."

Source: Wall Street Journal PacWatch on 2014 Arkansas Senate debate Oct 1, 2014

Asa Hutchinson: Reform divorce laws to increase waiting period

Question topic: Where minor children are involved, divorce laws should be reformed to include mutual consent of both parents and an increased waiting period, unless there is fault or abuse.

Hutchinson: Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2013 Arkansas Governor campaign Sep 28, 2014

Mike Huckabee: Supports “covenant marriage”

We’ll propose initiatives in the area of divorce reform, hoping to see that people will have the option in this state of a covenant marriage where they can have more information. Back to school, if you will, making a deeper commitment. It will be their option. Shouldn’t we give people the option of making that marriage vow even stronger?
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Arkansas legislature Jan 9, 2001

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