WASHINGTON, DC -- President Obama has announced his intention to appoint Michael R. Petit, whose home state is Maine, to the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. The commission, which was established by the "Protect Our Kids Act" (H.R. 6655), is charged with developing a national strategy and recommendations for reducing fatalities resulting from child abuse and neglect. Obama selected Petit to be one of the six commissioners he has the authority to appoint to the new commission.
"For more than four decades, Michael Petit has committed himself to improving the welfare and wellbeing of our nation's children and families," said Michaud, who wrote a letter to Obama in support of Petit earlier this year. "Mr. Petit has become known as a national leader on child welfare and child protection issues, and his experience is a perfect match for this commission. I applaud the President's appointment and know it will greatly benefit the mission of this important commission."
Additional biographical details supplied by the White House.
- Michael R. Petit, Appointee for Member, Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities: Michael R. Petit is the President and Founder of Every Child Matters Education Fund, a position he has held since 2001. Previously, Mr. Petit served as Deputy Director of the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) from 1995 to 2001 and as the Director of the CWLA National Center for Excellence in Child Welfare from 1990 to 1994. From 1987 to 1990, Mr. Petit was Principal at Michael Petit Associates, where he consulted on child welfare issues to states and child welfare agencies. Mr. Petit was Commissioner for the Maine Department of Human Services from 1979 to 1987 and a member of the National Governors Association Staff Advisory Council on Human Services from 1985 to 1986. Mr. Petit received a B.A. from Bowdoin College and an M.S.W. from Boston College.