Valley Woman Fighting to Change Federal Regulations for Children's Health and Safety

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG -- A Valley woman is sharing her story in an effort to change federal regulations in children's health and safety.

Elly Lafkin lost her daughter to sudden infant death syndrome last year. Ever since, she's been an advocate for new child care regulations. Lafkin represented parents across the country at a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services event held in the nation's capital.

"It was fantastic, especially on my daughter's one year angel-versary, to hear that these federal laws are being changed. The federal government does care about the safety of our children. I was fortunate enough to be asked to attend to tell my daughter's story on behalf of all the grieving parents in America," said Lafkin.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius proposed new health and safety guidelines for child care settings. This would include fingerprint background checks of providers. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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