Gov Signs AW Solages’ Legislation Allowing Contributions Towards Child Abuse Prevention on Personal Income Tax Return Forms

Cuomo signs bill making it easier for people to contribute towards child abuse prevention

VALLEY STREAM, NY — Assemblywoman Michaelle C. Solages announces Governor Cuomo signed her legislation to provide for the inclusion of a check-off box on personal income tax return forms for the purpose of making a gift to the William B. Hoyt Memorial Children and Family Trust Fund.

Under Bill A.2456, taxpayers will have the option to support New York children and families by donating to the William B. Hoyt Memorial Children and Family Trust Fund, which funds child abuse and family violence prevention programs. Research shows that as the number of adverse childhood experiences increases, the risk for numerous long term health problems increases significantly. Investing in prevention programs will lead to better outcomes for individuals and can reduce the need for costly intervention services resulting from abuse and maltreatment.

“I am always looking for innovative ways to provide our most vulnerable New Yorkers with the proper investment and support that they deserve. I am thankful to Governor Cuomo for recognizing the critical importance of supporting child abuse prevention programs. We must continue to utilize unconventional methods to engage constituents on the issues that matter most,” explained Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages.

The William B. Hoyt Memorial Children and Family Trust Fund is administered by the Office of Children and Families. In 2013, 27 programs received funding from the Trust Fund which helped over 167,554 adults and children in the State. The Trust Fund programs have positive outcomes for individuals served, such as improved factors that protect against child abuse and neglect, improved safety for children, adults and elders exposed to family violence, and reduced incidents of Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome).

“Working collaboratively to prevent family violence in all its forms (child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse and prevention) should be our utmost priority. I want to thank organizations, like Prevent Child Abuse New York, for always working to ensure that the issues affecting our children and families take precedence,” stated Assemblymember Michaelle C. Solages.