For information: Tabitha Blackwell, Legislative Assistant,(202) 547-6227

EMBARGOED UNTIL JULY 19, 2020 AT 12:30 P.M.

Seven States Honored For Helping Children and Families

Washington, D.C.--Seven states, Montana, Kansas, Connecticut, Wisconsin, California, Oklahoma, and Florida, are being recognized by the Children’s Rights Council for outstanding efforts to keep both mothers and fathers in their children’s lives.The awards cover a range of services to help parents before marriage, duringmarriage, and where parents are separated, divorced, or never-married.This is the first time such national awards are being given by CRC.A press conference will be held Wednesday, July 19, 2020, at 12:30 p.m. in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building by David L. Levy, J.D., President of the Children’s Rights Council.A reception will follow the press conference and conclude at 3:00 p.m.

In the report on “Helping Children and Families,” the award categories were:

·The most innovative state laws:Oklahoma’s Parenting Act and Florida’s Marriage Preparation and Preservation Act.

·The best state for marriage counseling and mediation: California.

·The states with outstanding shared parenting: Montana, Kansas, Wisconsin, and Connecticut.

These states were chosen for their efforts to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to have a meaningful relationship with both parents.The goals of these awards are to acknowledge the fact that “The Best Parent is Both Parents.”

A complete report on the selection of these states can be obtained from the Children’s Rights Council, a national, non-profit child research and information organization with chapters in 31 states, Washington, D.C., Europe, Asia, and Africa. Click here for full report.