Do you believe that Ohio’s children should feel safe in their own home?

Help us this Thursday by participating in the Advocates for Ohio’s Future call-in day to the Ohio Senate.

Many children and seniors are abused, neglected and exploited across Ohio.

In April, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 483, which includes $20 million to strengthen protection for children and older adults. The House version includes:

  • a $10 million investment in Adult Protective Services to improve the state’s capacity to protect older Ohioans from abuse, neglect, and exploitation and help ensure Ohio seniors live with safety and dignity.
  • an additional $10 million for Child Welfare to build on improvements and outcomes for over 100,000 children and their families and address critical disparities among counties to provide child welfare services.

If finalized, the Adult Protective Service allocation would be nearly four times more than the state has everprovided for Adult Protective Services. The child welfare funds would also be the first new state child welfare dollars in nine years.

We need your help to work with the Ohio Senate to make sure that the Senate decides to make these critical investments. You can also help us build support for additional investment to keep children and seniors safe.

How You Can Help

Join the statewide call-in day this Thursday!

Step 1: Get Your Senator’s Phone Number

Find the phone number for your state senator at:
http://www.ohiosenate.gov/members/contacting-your-senator

Step 2: Make One Call

Use the script below during your phone call to ask your senator for their support. When you call, don’t be surprised if you speak to an aide or staff person in the senator’s office or to their voice mail. Please still use this script to make your request.

Your senator needs to hear from you this Thursday. Thank you for getting involved to make Ohio safer for all of our children and seniors!

Phone Script:

Hello, my name is ____________ and I live in ____(city name or address)___.

I am calling to ask you to support children and seniors in House Bill 483.

I believe seniors in Ohio should be able to live with safety and dignity. Our state needs to do more to protect older Ohioans from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The Ohio House added $10 million in HB 483 for Adult Protective Services. This is a great first step, and I urge you to support an additional $10 million investment to help ensure Ohio seniors live with safety and dignity.

I also believe Ohio needs to ensure our children and youth have a safe and permanent family to become healthy, educated and competitive adults. The Ohio House added $10 million in HB 483 to address critical disparities among counties to provide child welfare services. I urge you to provide an additional $10 million investment to ensure equal access to services in all counties and improve outcomes for children and families across the state.

I urge the senator to support both issues. Will the senator bring this up in the caucus?

Thank you for helping make Ohio a great place for all Ohioans to live and work.

Step 3: Log Your Call

Log your calls below so we can track how many calls Senators received in support of children and seniors and share your advocacy work. You can log multiple calls, simply refresh this page after submitting each one.