- Children don’t have a voice – in their homes, in the media or in the courts that too often fail to keep them safe from harm. They need your voice.
Colleges are a critical voice in the community to engage. Within ten years, today’s college students will comprise 30% of all the child welfare & child protection officials throughout the nation.
KARA Trauma Informed*
Make your college a catalyst for ending child abuse and saving abused children where you live.
Changing the way America treats at risk children
KARA’s INVISIBLE CHILDREN Campus Program collaborates with students & departments within the college to research child abuse & child protection inviting service providers and the community to participate through conversation & volunteering.
- KARA builds awareness of the realities of child abuse where you live & creates support for parenting classes, ACES/Adverse Childhood Experiences, and trauma informed mental health services, Crisis nurseries, Quality day care and other family friendly and early childhood programs.
- KARA’s exhibit is a catalyst for volunteerism within the student body as well as the outside community. Long after the exhibit has moved to another college, local organizations will still be working with volunteers that joined at the exhibit.
- KARA exhibits demonstrate the need for improving child protection systems, better reporting, more accountability, and transparency, and always have the best interests of the child in their decision making..
- Participants will better understand why they should work for, volunteer for and vote for child friendly initiatives like crisis nurseries, early childhood programs and quality daycare.
- By involving students, college departments and community members and organizations, KARA will promote continued information sharing and support for ongoing efforts that promote child well-being. KARA’s efforts are intended to enhance legislative efforts as well as financial and personal (volunteer) involvement in the causes of child well-being.
- Reporting of child abuse in the media is sporadic and most often only child death and the most egregious harms are reported.
- Insufficient understanding of & support for multi-generational child abuse and child neglect has had a continued and growing impact on the numbers of at risk children.
- Lack of transparency and accountability within our child protection systems has allowed long standing problems to go unrecognized allowing abuse to continue.
- A severe lack of understanding and awareness with too little public support for mental health services needed by abused children & the overuse of psychotropic medications in their place
- Shortage of foster and adoptive parents and growing problems with alternative group homes
- Continued shortage of mandated Court Appointed Special Advocate guardians ad litems for children in the system
- Inadequate support and training for educators facing students that have experienced the traumas of abuse and neglect
- Juvenile Justice and law enforcement professionals are currently hamstrung by the lack of adequate facilities and mental health services for the people in their jails and squad cars.