State of Alaska Archives: on Families & Children
Background checks for guardians of incapacitated individual
HB 5: Authorizes a Relative to be the Guardian of an Incapacitated Individual: Vetoed by Governor Bill Walker
Legislative Summary: [A court may appoint as guardian or conservator] an adult related by blood, marriage, or adoption
(instead of being the spouse, adult child, parent, or sibling), or an unrelated person if the court finds no conflict of interest.
Veto Message:I have vetoed HB5 [because it ends the requirement that any] potential conflict of interest
is insubstantial. The most common type of conflict of interest is when the person to be appointed is also serving as a service provider. The bill would remove the requirement that a person with a potential conflict of interest be a family member.
In short anyone--related or not--could have legal control over the vulnerable person's legal affairs and finances. Requiring a background check, for example, would be needed in order for me to be assured that vulnerable Alaskans will be protected.
Source: Alaska legislative voting records: HB 5
May 16, 2015
First Lady will chair Alaska Children's Trust
The well-being of Alaska's families, especially our children, is something my wife Donna and I--and each of you--care about deeply. In 2009, Donna worked as a caseworker for the Office of Children Services. She saw firsthand the heartbreaking
neglect and abuse being suffered by our most vulnerable population, Alaska's children.
Her first official act as First Lady was agreeing to serve as Honorary Chair of the Alaska Children's Trust, an organization that works to provide real solutions
to preventing child abuse and neglect.
I also ask that this legislature make Alaska the next state to pass Erin's Law.
This is a bill that will enable our schools to further implement a proven, age-appropriate program to help children identify sexual abuse and seek help. We will take an important step toward protecting the lives of so many young, precious Alaskans.
Source: State of the State address to 2015 Alaska Legislature
Jan 22, 2015
Committed to supporting strong families
The widowed father of three children in college and high school--Tim, Will and Natalie--
Mead Treadwell is a concerned parent who is committed to supporting strong families
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website www.treadwellalaska2014.com
Jun 6, 2013
Choose Respect: $12M to eradicate domestic violence epidemic
Increasing public safety remains a core priority--and that will not change. Increasing public safety means shining the light of justice and a ray of hope into places where domestic violence and sexual assault have ruled, for we will not rest until every
Alaskan lives safe from abuse and terror.
Our administration's budget includes nearly $12 million to eradicate this epidemic. The Choose Respect initiative focuses on prevention and enforcement, and it provides services for victims and survivors.
But Choose Respect is more than just a government initiative--it is a personal initiative. It is about each of us honoring the dignity and value of every human being.
It is about setting people free from generations of abuse.
Source: Alaska 2012 State of the State Address
Jan 18, 2012
Caring for special needs kids is part of culture of life
One of the great privileges given to me last year was the chance to be a witness for the truth that every child has value; to say to special needs children that they are beautiful and loved. And needed. We learn more from them than they from us.
Across America, a great change is coming in public policy affecting these children, and Alaska can lead the way. This is a part of the culture of life where every child is cherished and protected.
Source: Alaska 2009 State of the State Address
Jan 22, 2009
Recognize the vital role of family child care homes
Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “Child Care”
Mar 28, 2008
- WHEREAS, family child care provides a vital service for Alaska families, neighborhoods, and communities. By caring for the youngest Alaskans in home-based environments, family child care providers ensure that children are able to grow and learn
where they are also happy, safe, secure, and stimulated.
- WHEREAS, family child care providers understand the importance of family & home; ensure long-term stability; and give parents convenient support close to home, among other benefits.
family child care is thus able to nurture children across a broad spectrum of development. With help from neighborhoods and communities, they can uniquely cater to, support, and include children of all levels of ability, need, activity, and curiosity.
- Family Child Care Week in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to recognize the vital role family child care homes play in the lives of our children.