Did you see Sheila McLaughlin's article in the Enquirer on Sunday, 12/27 about Lifeway for Youth, the foster care agency responsible for Marcus Fiesel’s death? It reopened in four other states under a different name and is a 35 million a year company with 198 violations for the exact reasons Marcus died. That’s just plain bad and wrong. It’s time to build a community to resolve these and other foster care problems.
What’s it like to be in foster care during the holidays? This aged out foster kid gives us a glimpse. Thanks to all of you who open your hearts and homes to abused and neglected kids all year. What a gift you have been! http://www.imafoster.com/2011/12/christmas-in-foster-care.html
Isn’t it interesting that retailers can track our purchases, google can track our clicks, and the government can track our income but no one’s figured out how to track the number of abused kids who died while being monitored or overseen by child welfare authorities? It’s true. There’s no single, complete set of data regarding the number of children who died while actively involved in the child welfare system, which means a child was a confirmed victim of abuse or neglect and was being protected from further harm. Except it didn’t work out that way for AT LEAST 786 of them over a six-year span.The exact opposite happened. They died. Thanks to the efforts of the Associated Press, we have a ballpark figure now, although it is likely much higher. Surely if our clicks can be tracked, so can our invisible kids in the child welfare system. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/18/ap-us-child-abuse_n_6346966.html
An Ohio Family Violence Prevention Project report says more than 30,000 children and 105,000 elderly people are abused or neglected each year and more than 82,000 women are physically assaulted by their intimate partners. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said at a conference on Friday that state officials must work on prevention and identification of family abuse situations. The head of the Family Violence Prevention Project says the statistics were drawn from reporting by victim-services organizations and represents only a portion of Ohioans who are abused or neglected. If you're still not convinced that we need your help, read this article.
Holly Schlaack leads a group of Anderson teens and parents in writing letters as part of our national movement to send 1,837* letters to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, who is responsible for overseeing the foster care system nationally. These letters will help ensure that our system leaders realize the importance of stable relationships for kids—especially those who have been abused and neglected. The letters will also send a message that people care deeply about—and will not ignore—the ongoing trauma our nation’s foster children experience in the very system designed to protect them. Learn how to host a letter writing group.
This three-year-old was beaten to death in his paternal grandmother’s home allegedly despite concerns reported to authorities. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/22/nyregion/sons-killing-prompts-woman-to-seek-child-welfare-inquiry.html?ref=topics&_r=0
Kids are like trees. They must be rooted in order to grow in strong, life-giving ways. More than 100,000 kids in foster care are waiting to be adopted by loving families. They’re waiting to be rooted so they can grow and thrive. Could your family be their place of belonging? http://www.nationaladoptionday.org/
The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act was signed into law today, promising new hope of permanent families for children and more support for kids aging out of the system. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marian-wright-edelman/good-news-for-children-wh_b_6005368.html
Babies as young as age four months can read emotions in others. It’s time to use these findings and others to make better decisions about the care and treatment of babies in foster care. http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/10/when-do-babies-learn-self-co
When: October 8, 2014, 7-8 PM Where: 4848 Duff Drive Suite A Cincinnati, Ohio 45246 Ever wonder what happens to abused and neglected kids once they enter the system? How long do they stay? Where do they go? Who decides? Join the IKP team for their insider views on all things related to the system including foster care and adoption. Our experiences with the system have been life-changing and powerful. We invite you to learn more and consider how you can help improve the lives of very vulnerable children. Holly Schlaack will be available to sell and sign copies of Invisible Kids: Marcus Fiesel’s Legacy, a book written to educate and empower the general public to get involved and help kids and families in the system. RSVPs appreciated but not required. Just shoot a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 513.452.8050.