The Governor's Task Force on Children at Risk
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About The Task Force

A Multidisciplinary Approach

The Governor's Task Force on Children at Risk (CARTF), a nonpartisan, broadly representative organization with concerns related to children at risk in Idaho, is dedicated to providing informed recommendations to the Governor of the State of Idaho regarding the full scope of issues related to child abuse and neglect. In 1988, by Executive Order, Governor Cecil Andrus established the Governor's Task Force on Children at Risk. The group's first assignment was to review research on sex crimes against children and develop recommendations to address the issue. This included reviewing testimony from public hearings, national research, and interviews with investigators, treatment providers, law enforcement personnel, perpetrators, citizen advocates, victims and their families findings and recommendations were published in "A Report on Idaho's System for Protecting and Serving Children at Risk of Sexual Abuse," Containing 14 specific recommendations. Most of these have been followed to completion. Since 1988, the Task Force has continued to make recommendations to the Governor on issues pertaining to Idaho's children.

How the Task Force is Funded
The Governor's Task Force on Children at Risk is funded through a Children's Justice Act grant under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is the lead agency and provides support for the task force as funding is available.

Meet the Task Force Members

Joshua Wickard, Chair, Boise-- Public Defender 
Jennifer Tachell, Vice-Chair, Middleton--Educator 
Doug Giddings, White Bird--Sheriff
Galen Carlson, Boise--Prosecutor 
Jennifer Bergin, Twin Falls-- Attorney 
Jill Robertson, Pocatello--Parent 
Jim Baugh, Boise--Advocate for Disabled Children 
JoAnn Gemar, Twin Falls--Homeless Youth Advocate 
Lisa Nordstrom, Boise--Child Advocate Attorney 
Hon. Mark Rammell, Rexburg--Criminal Magistrate 
Melissa Osen, Twin Falls--Foster Care Representative
Michelle Weir, Boise--Department of Health and Welfare
Molly Vaughn, Boise--Victim Services Coordinator 
Nadine McDonald, Grangeville--Juvenile Justice Services 
Sheila Sturgeon Freitas, Meridian--Mental Health Provider 
Hon. Stephen Clark, Salmon--Civil Magistrate 
V. Susan Bradford MD, Meridian--Pediatrician 
Tahna Barton, Twin Falls--CASA


Task Force Support

Task force support is provided by Mindy Peper.  Mindy can be contacted at

1 CARTF 2018 Child Justice Act Report
2 CARTF 2018-2021 Strategic Plan