OUR MISSION

Raising a community voice for kids in the child welfare system.

OUR VISION »

WE CAN DO BETTER

Our elected officials can do better to address our nation’s broken child welfare system. We need YOUR voice to make sure they Step up and Fix It.

USE YOUR VOICE THIS NOVEMBER »

ARE YOU ALL IN?

The time is now.  We need YOU! Are you in? Learn what you can do to drive real change to fix our very broken child welfare system.

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Hey Hamilton County, Ohio Voters:

DID YOU KNOW?

Three Hamilton County Commissioners are directly responsible for the 1,700+ abused and neglected kids in the Hamilton County child welfare system.

Two are up for re-election this November. Each faces an opponent.

Where do they stand on prioritizing abused and neglected children?

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Learn more, ask questions, demand answers.

READ THE FACTS ON HCJFS

“Turning a blind eye is not an embarrassment, it’s a betrayal.”
—Hamilton County Resident to Hamilton County Commissioners

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Ten years ago we promised better. We failed.

The appalling state of the child welfare system in Hamilton County and the boy that started a movement.

TEN YEARS , TEN HEART-BREAKING FAILURES
Marcus Fiesel: An Open Letter from IKP

Three ways to be heard and address the broken
child welfare system in Hamilton County.

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USE YOUR VOICE

Send an email to current Hamilton County Commissioners and candidates. Let them know you prioritize the safety of abused and neglected kids and expect them to do the same. Ask them how they plan to fix child welfare in Hamilton County.

BE HEARD »

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ASK QUESTIONS,
DEMAND ANSWERS

Engage Hamilton County Commissioners via email or weekly meetings open to the public. As a citizen, you can also request to meet with your elected officials at any time. Details here.

CANDIDATES THIS NOVEMBER »

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BUILD A VOICE TOGETHER

We can fix it. We need YOU. Learn more about IKP and the collective power we have to make reform of this failing system.

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System failures around the country

IN THE NEWS

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Shame On U.S.

Failings by All Three Branches of Our Federal Government Leave Abused and Neglected Children Vulnerable to Further Harm.

Released January 25, 2015. Published by the Children’s Advocacy Institute of the University of San Diego School of Law

Shame On U.S.

Have you ever wondered exactly how our child welfare system became such a train wreck? The leadership at Children’s Advocacy Institute and First Star spent the past three years determined to figure it out. And they have. This quote sums it up best:

“Combine weak, inconsistent, underfunded, and piecemeal laws from the legislative branch with ineffective executive branch implementation, oversight, and enforcement, and add a judicial branch that seems increasingly willing to reject private efforts to protect children’s rights and interests, and you have the U.S. child welfare system.  How this plays out in the states for our children is a national disgrace.”

Now that we have a 110 page roadmap for improvement, all we need is your help to raise awareness and help us build a community that puts these kids FIRST.

We can do this.

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NOW YOU KNOW

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