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Protecting Our Children

President Bush’s Commitment to Increasing Children’s Safety

For FY 2003, President Bush has proposed a 26% increase in funding for the Missing and Exploited Children's Program, which provides training for state and local enforcement on handling missing child cases. As a result, the President’s budget request would almost double funding for the Department of Justice’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICACTF) program.

In August, the President also announced the release of a new guidebook – the “Parent’s Guide to Child Safety.” The guidebook is designed to help parents take specific steps to improve the safety of their children, and it includes information that children of all ages can understand.

The guidebook reflects the work of experts on child safety from the Department of Justice, the Department of Education, the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It is available online in English and in Spanish at

The Department of Education sent a copy of the English and Spanish version to every public and private school and all main public libraries in the country, reaching over 110,000 schools and more than 6,000 libraries.

In the two weeks following the mailing, the Department of Education took orders for more than 1 million additional copies of the English version and nearly 200,000 copies of the Spanish version.

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Speeches and News Releases
June 25, 2003
President Bush Signs "Keeping Children Safe Act"
President George W. Bush signs S. 342, the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003, in the Oval Office Wednesday, June 25, 2003. The act reauthorizes the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program and other related programs. White House photo by Susan Sterner.
May 23, 2003
National Missing Children's Day, 2003
April 30, 2003
President Signs PROTECT Act
President George W. Bush greets Tamara Brooks after signing the S. 151, PROTECT Act of 2003, in the Rose Garden Wednesday, April 30, 2003. Brooks, 17, was rescued after an AMBER Alert was issued throughout Orange County, Calif., alerting the community of her abduction. Donna Norris, left, embraces her son Ricky after the bill signing. The AMBER Alert system is named in honor of her 9-year-old daughter, Amber Hagerman, who was abducted while playing near her Arlington, Texas, home and later found murdered.  White House photo by Paul Morse
April 30, 2003
President's Signing Statement
April 10, 2003
Statement by the President
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