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The Governor’s Task Force on Children at Risk (CARTF) will hold its regular meeting at 9:00am (MDT) on Friday, March 08, 2019 at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott located at 424 E. Park Center Blvd., Boise, ID 83706A draft of the tentative agenda is attached.



About The Task Force

A Multidisciplinary Approach

The Governor's Task Force on Children at Risk (CARTF), a nonpartisan, broadly representative organization with concerns related to children at risk in Idaho, is dedicated to providing informed recommendations to the Governor of the State of Idaho regarding the full scope of issues related to child abuse and neglect. In 1988, by Executive Order, Governor Cecil Andrus established the Governor's Task Force on Children at Risk. The group's first assignment was to review research on sex crimes against children and develop recommendations to address the issue. This included reviewing testimony from public hearings, national research, and interviews with investigators, treatment providers, law enforcement personnel, perpetrators, citizen advocates, victims and their families findings and recommendations were published in "A Report on Idaho's System for Protecting and Serving Children at Risk of Sexual Abuse," Containing 14 specific recommendations. Most of these have been followed to completion. Since 1988, the Task Force has continued to make recommendations to the Governor on issues pertaining to Idaho's children.

How the Task Force is Funded
The Governor's Task Force on Children at risk is funded through a Children's Justice Act grant under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is the lead agency and provides support for the task force as funding is available.

Meet the Task Force Members
Joshua Wickard, Chair, Boise-- Public Defender Sheriff Doug Giddings, White Bird--Sheriff
Jennifer Tachell, Vice-Chair, Middleton--Educator Melissa Osen, Twin Falls--Foster Care Representative
Lisa Nordstrom, Boise--Child Advocate Attorney Tahna Barton, Twin Falls--CASA
Bart Adrian MD, Twin Falls--Pediatrician JoAnn Gemar, Twin Falls--Homeless Youth Advocate
Jim Baugh, Boise--Advocate for Disabled Children Hon. Mark Rammell, Rexburg--Criminal Magistrate
Galen Carlson, Boise--Prosecutor Jill Robertson, Pocatello--Parent
Sheila Sturgeon Freitas, Meridian--Mental Health Provider Nadine McDonald, Grangeville--Juvenile Justice Services
V. Susan Bradford MD, Meridian--Pediatrician Molly Vaughn, Boise--Victim Services Coordinator
Hon. Stephen Clark, Salmon--Civil Magistrate Michelle Weir, Boise--Department of Health and Welfare
Jennifer Bergin, Twin Falls-- Attorney

Task Force Support
Task force support is provided by Anthony James. Mr. James can be contacted at cartf-support@jaalanai.com.


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