Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
|Formation||May 17, 1977|
|Founded at||Arkansas, United States|
|Legal status||501(c)(3) nonprofit organization|
|Headquarters||Little Rock, Arkansas, United States|
|Mission||To work for the protection, education, and well-being of all children in Arkansas by disseminating information to the public on issues and various governmental programs and operations affecting children and families, preparing research reports, sponsoring educational programs, and assisting other organizations of similar purpose.|
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families was founded in 1977 by attorney Hillary Rodham as a non-partisan 501(c)(3) group, and continues to be supported by a wide variety of individuals and organizations.
Policy positions and advocacy
In 1992, Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker wanted to end its policy of increasing Aid to Families with Dependent Children payments for additional children born into families on welfare. Governor Tucker said that the proposed policy would encourage women on welfare to use state-provided birth control rather than conceive, and it would save the state of Arkansas one-million dollars per year. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families opposed the governor's proposed policy, saying it would punish children and their mothers.
In 1994, Governor Tucker proposed expanding the number of crimes for which 14- and 15-year-olds could be tried as adults. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families opposed the proposed policy, saying it would do nothing beneficial, and it would send more juveniles into the overburdened adult judicial system.
The Arkansas House of Representatives debated a bill that would allow police officers to stop, arrest, and interrogate children without notifying their parents in 1994. Prosecutors were in favor of the bill, saying it was necessary for police at crime scenes to question children who might be witnesses or suspects. The Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families said the bill was clearly unconstitutional because minors lack the legal understanding to waive their constitutional rights without consulting an adult adviser such as their parents.
In 1997, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families advocated for increasing the number of eligible children participating in the summer lunch program. The group said that just six percent of eligible children participate in the summer lunch program, a rate much lower than any other state. A state agency said the low rate was a result of children having no transportation to serving locations as well as a new state law that students who failed classes were no longer required to attend summer school.
In 1998, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families advocated for increased availability to child care, saying that families with two parents working needed additional help from the state with childcare so the parents can work.
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families described Arkansas state income taxes as too high in 2000. The group said that Arkansas state income tax was regressive and put too large a burden on families with lower incomes. The group advocated for a zero-percent income tax rate for families with low incomes, refundable earned income tax credit for low-income families, and elimination of the state sales tax on groceries.
- "Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families". Arkansas Secretary of State. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
- "Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families". Exempt Organizations Select Check. Internal Revenue Service. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
- "Board". Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. Archived from the original on June 17, 2016.
- "Staff". Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. Archived from the original on June 17, 2016.
- "Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax". Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. Guidestar. December 31, 2014.
- Cimons, Marlene. "Shifting Toward a Mainstream Approach to Children's Issues". Los Angeles Times. December 24, 1992. p. 5.
- Duffy, Joan I. "Tucker Plan Halts AFDC to Subsequent Children". The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee). December 3, 1992.
- Duffy, Joan I. "Tucker plan on juvenile crime lauded, questioned". The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee). August 12, 1994.
- Duffy, Joan I. "Ark. panel OK's bill letting cops question kids". The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee). August 17, 1994.
- "Ark. Group Wants to Beef Up Lunch Line". Associated Press. The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee). July 11, 1997.
- "Tenn., Ark., Miss. Fall Short on Kids' Care, Survey Finds". Associated Press. The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee). May 6, 1998.
- "Study: Taxes unfair to poor". Times Record (Fort Smith, Arkansas). May 11, 2000.
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