Legislative Action

  • MACA works with our members, partner organizations, and individuals for better resources and legislation in our state. We advocate for proper funding and bills for services for the most vulnerable population in our Commonwealth: child victims of sexual and physical abuse. We need your help, and it’s really easy to pitch in! Here are some examples of how you can support our initiative.
    • State Funding and Legislation: Services for child victims of sexual and severe physical abuse in Massachusetts are supported through line item 4510-0810, which provides funding to MACA and CACs.

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      Contact your State Representative TODAY to help support our work!

      Please contact your state Representative by April 20, 2018 to ask them to sign onto Representative Paul Mark’s amendment (#1389) to the FY’19 House Ways and Means Budget (H.4400) to increase funding for Children’s Advocacy Centers statewide through line item 4510-0810. This additional funding is critical to meet increasing demand for CACs, which have increased the number of children served by 20% in the past 5 years.
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    • Federal Funding and Legislation: The federal Victims of Child Abuse Act provides critical funding to MACA and CACs throughout the state, as well as nationwide. CAC advocacy and mental health services are also supported by the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds. MACA works to make sure our Senators and Members of Congress preserve funding for these essential services.
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      MACA will post helpful talking points at key times during the legislative process, to help make your phone call or email as easy and effective as possible.
  • In honor of April being both Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, MACA hosts its annual Children’s Advocacy Center Awareness Day event at the Massachusetts State House. Join us as we honor that year’s “Legislative Champions” who have shown their commitment to protecting children by being a tireless advocate for them in the State House. More information on how to attend and volunteer opportunities coming soon.
  • Each year we meet with our legislators at the National Children’s Alliance Leadership Conference. National Children’s Alliance holds its annual Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. allowing its membership to meet with their Federal and State officials on “Hill Day’. We use this opportunity to educate our elected officials about the effectiveness of Children’s Advocacy Centers and answer any questions they may have.