The National Commission on Children will deliver a report to President Bush and Congress next year recommending an expansion of services to address the needs of unwanted children, the panel's chairman said Thursday.
"We just have to get our act together on kids," Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, (D-W.Va.), said at a news conference during the commission's one-day tour of Los Angeles. "If we don't do something for them now, tomorrow is going to be a dismal day in this country."
According to a fact sheet distributed by the commission, there were 2.4 million reports of abused and neglected children nationwide in 1989. The more than 100% increase over the last decade has taxed the government's ability to care for unwanted children, officials said.