KARA has been reporting and speaking on critical issues impacting abused and neglected children for many years.
this article submitted by long time CASA guardian ad Litem Mike Tikkanen
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Are children property of their parents even if those parents are violent, addicted, severely mentally ill or criminal?
This leads to an even harder question.
Do teen and preteen mothers own their fetuses & babies even if they themselves are abused children,
often addicted and out of control with little understanding of how or ability to raise a child safely?…
Is this child’s child doomed prior to birth?
Children have no voice at the legislature, the media or in the home they are born into. They have no choice in who raises them or what is done to them.
They don’t even know when what is being done to them is against the law. What would a three year old say and to who if she knew?
Over 2.5 million children and adolescents have been born to 17 year old …and younger girls. There were almost 250,000 births to 15 -19 year old’s in 2012 and 89% of those births were to single mothers.
When a 13 year old becomes pregnant, is the baby her property to do with as she pleases or does the baby have any rights to health and safety?
Many teen moms become pregnant a second and third time while using drugs and not having acquired safe parenting skills. Their children suffer immensely.
Should the U.S. government ratify the INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS OF THE CHILD TREATY of 1989?
We are the only nation ON THE PLANET not to have done so.
This is most likely because Southern states refuse to quit sending 12 year old’s to military school and the treaty forbids militarizing children.
Do religious parents have the right to kill their children by withholding lifesaving medical care?
27 states presently allow the practice of withholding medical care and children do die.
From 2001 to 2018, the number of unvaccinated children grew by a factor of 4
Average number of Americans that died from the flu;
from 2010 to 2017: 36,714
In 2018: 79,400
Or, does a child have a right to health and safety?
By most standards, children in the U.S. have the same rights as chattel, pets or women prior to 1918 (when they achieved full person status).
Is it right to punish children for behaviors learned and practiced in their birth homes?
About 200,000 youth are tried in adult courts each year and most teen prostitutes are criminalized.
The U.S. only recently ended executing youth and those who committed crimes as youth (Texas has ignored the federal mandate).
Should we expect children to change behaviors because we have removed them from the toxic home they were born to?
Behaviors learned at home as a child are normal to the child – it can be no other way (there were no other examples of how to live)
Sex and drug use practiced in the home at 5, 6 and 7 years of age can make life in a foster or adoptive home dangerous and a constant crisis for the caring family trying to help and lead to dozens of placements for a troubled State Ward child.
Normalized sex and drugs are child habits not easily discarded. Habit and addiction are real. Not knowing effective ways of dealing with these behaviors serves no one and further demonizes the child.
Should law enforcement punish child prostitutes and drug users who are victims of caregiver rape and parent drug addicts?
Most of these information and better questions come from Jack Westman’s powerful new book;
In Minnesota it has been easier to find;
1 billion dollars for a new Stadium
1 billion dollars for transportation
1 billion dollars to rebuild a bridge that fell in the river because we did not have $5 million to
repair it before it collapsed
than it has been to find 1% of that number for children’s mental health until
MN Sheriff’s threatened to sue the state to provide mental health services as a wake up call which seems to be working.
Unhealthy parents raising traumatized children cost our communities 2.8 MILLION for each child in lost earnings and taxes. 45% of county expenditures are related to troubled families and their children
About four million adolescent children have contracted sexually transmitted diseases – 64,000 spread AIDS.
Parents that raise healthy children create productive citizens that produce 1.4 M in adulthood earning and taxes (and often other social good/volunteerism etc).
ALL ADULTS ARE THE PROTECTORS OF ALL CHILDREN