Tim Kaine on Families & Children

Democratic Senate Challenger; previously Governor


Teach Safe Relationships: prevent sexual assault

Tim believes we must do more to prevent sexual assault on and off our college campuses. Thanks to passage of a key provision of Tim's Teach Safe Relationships Act, federal funding can now be used for teaching safe relationship behavior among students as a strategy for preventing sexual assault and dating violence. Tim is married to Anne Holton, a former juvenile court judge who has advocated on behalf of foster children and currently serves as Virginia's Secretary of Education.
Source: Virginia 2012 Senate campaign website KaineForVA.com , Feb 29, 2012

Pushed faith-based agencies into letting gays adopt kids

In a monumental victory for religious liberty the state Senate on Thursday passed SB 349, a bill that protects private child placement agencies in Virginia from being forced to violate their faith principles when placing children. The Senate passed the legislation 22-18. The House passed an identical bill last week.

Patroned by Senator Jeff McWaters (R-8, Virginia Beach), the bill protects the organizations and agencies that facilitate the majority of child placements in Virginia, helping hundreds of children and families every year. The bill was necessitated after an effort by homosexual rights groups and former Governor Tim Kaine to coerce faith-based agencies into adopting children to homosexual individuals regardless of those agencies faith principles.

Source: FamilyFoundation.org, "Religious Liberty Victory" , Feb 10, 2012

Provided a strong vaccination opt-out provision for parents

Virginia is at the forefront of mandating that school-age girls be vaccinated against HPV, the sexually transmitted disease that can cause cervical cancer. Fortunately for parents, Kaine amended the legislation to provide a strong opt-out provision. Plenty of people object to having their sixth grade daughters vaccinated against a virus they can catch only by having sexual intercourse.

It's not that the vaccine is without merit. But there is no reason to make Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations mandatory for school attendance. But in Virginia, mandatory HPV vaccinations are the order of the day. And some of us will exercise our opt-out options. I imagine my daughter will get the HPV vaccine at some point, after it's been more thoroughly tested. But she won't get it when she's 12. I am her mother. With her, I will decide when the time is right. That's my responsibility, not the Legislature's nor Governor Kaine's.

Source: Media Research Center, "Not With My Kid," by Kristen Fyfe , Apr 20, 2007

Prevent childhood obesity by improving health education

We must take special steps to instill healthy habits in young Virginians. Too many Virginians of all ages are overweight and our obesity rate is soaring, particularly among our kids. Obesity brings on diabetes, heart disease and many other severe problems. Every parent listening knows what I mean. Our kids aren't active enough and they don't eat the right things. They're not to blame. We adults are to blame. We've got to make preventing childhood obesity a major priority.

Accordingly, I have tasked my Secretary of Health and Human Resources and my Secretary of Education to work together to improve health education in our schools and improve the food that is available to our students every day.

Source: 2007 State of the State address to Virginia Assembly , Jan 10, 2007

More funding & services for victims of domestic violence.

Kaine co-sponsored Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

Introduction by co-sponsor Sen. Kay Hagan (D,NC):
We have a serious responsibility to ensure that women and families are protected. The rates of violence and abuse in our country are astounding and totally unacceptable: domestic violence affects more than 12 million people each year. In my home state, 73 women and children are killed on average every year because of domestic violence.

Since 1994, the STOP Program has provided grants for services, training, officers, and prosecutors, and has transformed our criminal justice system and victim support services. And this bill includes the bipartisan SAFER Act, which helps fund audits of untested DNA evidence and reduces this backlog of rape kits. I ask you: What other victims in America have to identify the attacker before authorities will take action? None.Introduction by Sen. Chuck Grassley(R,IA):
I urge my Republican colleagues, as I will do, to support the motion to proceed. There has long been bipartisan support for the Violence Against Women Act. Too many women are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence. There is overwhelming bipartisan support for 98% of what is contained in S. 47. [Since our negative vote last session], controversial provisions have been removed. The key stumbling block to enacting a bill at this time is the provision concerning Indian tribal courts. Negotiations are continuing, and compromises would allow the bill to pass with overwhelming bipartisan support. Introduction by Sen. Pat Leahy (D,VT):
Our bill will allow services to get to those in the LGBT community who have had trouble accessing services in the past. The rates of domestic and sexual violence in these communities are equal to or greater than those of the general population. We also have key improvements for immigrant victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Source: S.47/H.R.11 13-S0047 on Jan 22, 2013

Sponsored recognition of National Foster Care Month.

Kaine signed Recognizing National Foster Care Month

RESOLUTION recognizing National Foster Care Month as an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges of children in the foster care system, and encouraging Congress to implement policy to improve the lives of children in the foster care system.

Source: H.Res.577/S.Res.442 14_SRes442 on May 13, 2014

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