- By the time you go to bed tonight, 1,837 new children will have entered our nation’s child protection service as confirmed victims of abuse or neglect. Source: Children’s Defense Fund. The State of America’s Children 2014. www.childrensdefense.org
- Every five hours while you’re sleeping (and also while you’re awake) a child dies of maltreatment; nearly half are babies. Source: US Department of Health and Human Services. 2013 “Child Maltreatment 2012”. www.acf.hhs-gov.
- 38% percent of the children in Ohio who died from abuse or neglect from 2006-2010 had a prior history with the child protection service. Source: Ohio Child Fatality Review Board. (2012, September 30). 12th Annual Report, p. 45.
- 22% of these children were being actively monitored by children’s services. They died anyway.Source: Ohio Child Fatality Review Board. (2012, September 30). 12th Annual Report, p. 45.
Holly Schlaack – Full Bio
Founder & Executive Director
Invisible Kids Project
and author of Invisible Kids Marcus Fiesel’s Legacy
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Invisible Kids Project Launch: August 16, 2014
An effort to protect children in foster care kicked off on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. The Invisible Kids Project launched on Saturday afternoon. It’s made up of foster and adoptive parents, caseworkers and others. The goal is to ensure children in protective services have a healthy relationship with their caregivers.
Holly speaks to Dan Hurley from Channel 12 about Invisible Kids and the legacy of Marcus Fiesel.
Inspired by Marcus and wanting to make a difference, Holly Schlaack wrote the book “Invisible Kids.” It details successes and failures of the foster care system. Published on Jul 25, 2014 on WLWT Cincinnati.
Scott Sloan (700WLW) talks with Holly Schlaack about improvements in the foster care system since Marcus Feisel’s death in 2006 and launch of Invisible Kids Project.
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