Generational child abuse in America today is a public health crisis costing cities, states and counties exponentially more money every year. Huge parts of County and State budgets are dedicated to the chaos child abuse creates.
This reporting over the last 45 days is a fraction of
the child self-harm & suicide in our communities today
AZ: Child-welfare cases are private. Does that protect the kids, or the state officials? (Commentary)
Arizona Republic – May 03, 2019
When news broke that a Maricopa woman had been accused of starving, pepper-spraying, and otherwise abusing seven adopted children, questions immediately turned to what the Department of Child Safety knew and when the agency knew it.
Group homes are the State’s stop gap keeping children from living under bridges and prostitution.
The shortage of foster and adoptive homes for state ward kids is a sad reality in every state.
Every child needs a family.
Every child needs a place to call home.
The trauma experienced by a child forcibly removed (unattached) from a birth home because of violence, trauma and abuse needs to reattach to someone – somewhere – somehow.
WHAT IS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS?
Polio, smallpox & measles were public health emergencies – policies & programs were created to end these crisis.
FIRST, A conversation.
A conversation about identifying and understanding the issues is a first step to discovering the policies & tools to interrupt generational child abuse and heal troubled children and families.
Once policy makers recognize the depth and scope of the problem, it becomes possible to divert resources and attention from policies and programs that don’t work to policies and programs that do work.
Until then, cities will suffer levels of violence, school failure, racial inequities and all the sadness and failure trauma survivors bring to the communities they live in.
Kids At Risk Action invites you to start the conversation in your community with KARA’s INVISIBLE CHILDREN Campus program.
Please take a moment and connect to your legislator through this Safe Passage Link and let your legislator know you want children to have access to quality early learning. It only takes a few minutes and gets the message to your representative.
This program reduces child abuse and builds healthy children and communities (and we all want that).
Life before foster care was hard. Life in foster care is disconcerting and hard.
CASA Cares grants make life a bit easier for children in foster care.
These grants are made for dance lessons and the many other things the State does not fund. It may seem like a small thing – unless you are a state ward child that knows how different they are from other children.
Then it’s a really big thing.
Almost half of Canada’s youth correctional services is made up of Indigenous youth, but they represent less than 10% of the general population. Self-harming behaviors and suicide rates among Indigenous youth are 11 times the national average and are the highest in the world.