The Governor's Task Force on Children at Risk
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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
Jim Baugh, Boise--Advocate for Disabled Children JoAnn Gemar, Twin Falls--Homeless Youth Advocate
Galen Carlson, Boise--Prosecutor Hon. Mark Rammell, Rexburg--Criminal Magistrate
Sheila Sturgeon Freitas, Meridian--Mental Health Provider Jill Robertson, Pocatello--Parent
V. Susan Bradford MD, Meridian--Pediatrician Nadine McDonald, Grangeville--Juvenile Justice Services
Hon. Stephen Clark, Salmon--Civil Magistrate Molly Vaughn, Boise--Victim Services Coordinator
Jennifer Bergin, Twin Falls-- Attorney Michelle Weir, Boise--Department of Health and Welfare

2018-2020 Task Force Goals

1)      Continue development and enhancement of Multidisciplinary Teams (MDTs) for each Idaho county in accordance with Idaho Code Section 16-1609. Support development of training in core competencies for professionals involved in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and neglect.

2)      Review and make recommendation to improve current and proposed legislation and rules pertaining to the child protection process.

3)      Evaluate and improve the investigation and prosecution process for civil and criminal cases involving child abuse and neglect.

4)      Oversee the Statewide Child Fatality Review Team to examine child deaths.


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