INDIANAPOLIS (Jan.26, 2016) – House members voted unanimously today in support of State Rep. Denny Zent’s (R-Angola) bill providing additional resources to military families.
Zent said HB 1271 would require the Department of Child Services (DCS) to notify the United States Department of Defense Family Advocacy Program (FAP) if a child of an active duty military member is the subject of a substantiated investigation of abuse or neglect. DCS could also seek assistance from the program in providing services.
“Involving the Family Advocacy Program would better ensure the safety of children and help military families overcome the effects of violence and change destructive behavior patterns,” Zent said. “Because FAP staff members are trained to respond to incidents of abuse and neglect, support victims, and offer prevention and treatment, they have the tools and experience they need to help Hoosier families.”
The FAP works to prevent domestic abuse and child abuse and neglect by providing education and awareness programs for all members of the military community.
“This bill would be a win-win for both veterans and their families,” Zent said. “In some cases, abuse can result from posttraumatic stress disorders and traumatic brain injuries of veterans who have been recently deployed and have returned home from service. This bill would help provide families and service members with the resources they need to get help.”
The House of Representatives approved Zent’s bill, which can now be considered by the Senate.
Rep. Zent (R-Angola) represents most of LaGrange and Steuben Counties.