National Child Protection Training Center receives federal support


From: Congressman Gil Gutknecht (MN-01)

I am pleased to announce the successful authorization of federal funding for the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC) at Winona State University in Winona, Minn. The authorization was included in the Department of Justice Reauthorization Act passed by the House over the weekend.

Since its inception, NCPTC at Winona State has never received authorization for annual federal support. I'm happy to say that we have changed that tradition. This authorization will give them the resources they need to train child abuse investigators, social workers, and prosecutors.

The American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI), the parent organization of NCPTC, is recognized as one of the nation's premier training organizations for child abuse professionals. Last year, APRI provided training and technical assistance to more than 20,000 child abuse prevention officials in nearly 40 states, which in turn bettered the lives of thousands of American children.

With the passage of this legislation, the National Child Protection Training Center will have the resources necessary to combat child maltreatment throughout the United States. Without question, hundreds of thousands of hurting children will benefit from Congressman Gutknecht's work on this issue.

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