Idaho Voices for Children advocates for policies and practices that have been proven to be effective in promoting learning from birth on.
Idaho Voices supports policies that further strengthen families and communities so children are able to thrive.
Idaho Voices supports policies that support healthy living and access to medical, dental and mental health care for Idaho children and their families.
- Healthy Children
Each child brings the promise of a healthier, stronger future for Idaho. To make good on that promise, Idaho needs to make sure that children can grow up healthy from start to finish.
Kids need to be able to see a doctor, have good nutrition and opportunities to run and play. They need healthcare that prevents problems later in life. Families, communities, schools, and child care settings all can help ensure healthy first years.
Early Care and Education
Children are our most valuable natural resource, and the investments we make in them, particularly in their earliest years, will benefit us all in the long term.
Children are our most valuable natural resource, and the investments we make in them, particularly in their earliest years, will benefit us all in the long term. Every family and individual should have access to an affordable, evidence-based, and high-quality prenatal and cradle-to-career system of care and education. Investing in a life-long educational continuum is the most effective way to ensure that Idahoans have the best opportunities to succeed in school and throughout life.
- Child Well-being and Safety
Idaho Voices for Children is committed keeping our children safe and strengthening Idaho families so every child in every family has the opportunity to thrive.
Strengthening Families is a research-based, cost-effective strategy to increase family strengths, enhance child development and reduce child abuse and neglect. It focuses on building five Protective Factors that also promote healthy outcomes.
Those five protective factors are parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need and social and emotional competence of children.
Grandparents who find themselves parenting their grandchildren are presented with many challenges. Most importantly, they often lack legal authority to make decisions for the child. Thus grandparents may encounter difficulties enrolling grandchildren in school, obtaining medical care for grandchildren, obtaining medical insurance for grandchildren, and filing for public assistance benefits for grandchildren.
In 2010 IVC worked for passage of legislation called “De Facto Custodianship”. This legislation establishes a new custodial remedy for grandparents or other relative caregivers seeking legal custody of grandchildren or relatives. It provides a process for a court to use when deciding whether or not to grant de facto custodian status to a grandparent or other relative.
Further, it specifies standards and incorporates by reference present statutes to be applied when evaluating best interests of a child when considering whether or not to award custody rights to a de facto custodian. The legislation sets out content requirements of a petition or motion to be filed with the court to commence a de facto custodianship proceeding, and it sets forth written requirements for notification to parties that may have an interest in the child.
Child Fatality Review Process
Idaho Voices for Children was the driving force to establish an Idaho Child Fatality Review Team. We promote the team’s annual report and improve child safety by advocating for policies that reduce their identified causes of child deaths in Idaho.