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Ways to Keep Your Child Safe

Posted by Sandra On February - 14 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Ways to Keep Your Child Safe with Crucial Road Safety Tips

Over and over, the little girl bounces the ball off a pavement. The toy then bounces off the surface awkwardly and begins to head to other side of the road. All the sudden the sound of tires screeching is heard throughout the neighborhood. The car comes to an abrupt stop and the driver watches the ball continuously bounce across the road. Fortunately, the little girl was only determined to cross the street where a pedestrian crossing was located because that is what her mum taught her.

With the number of vehicles increasing on our roads, it is important that a child is taught and understands road safety. By being taught child road safety signs when you are young, you will remain safe whether you are playing with toys as a child, or when preparing to get your driving license using practice theory tests on Top Tests.

In fact, there are particular road safety guidelines that will help you remain safe when you are in various situations. These guidelines can be taught to your children also.

Stop. Look. Think. Listen

The first thing that your child should be taught is to stop before crossing the street. Your child should look to the left and then the right for any traffic before they cross the street.

It is also important for the child to think about whether the road is clear enough for them to cross the street. Finally, as your child crosses the street, they should be constantly listening and looking for any cars or vans on the street.

Stay in Safe Areas

Teach your child where the safe areas are located. These are the areas where they can safely play. Some areas you may designate as safe are a fenced-in garden or driveway where they are away from moving vehicles.

Set a Good Example

Kids often imitate what adults do rather than listen to what they say. This means it is crucial that you set a good example for your child. Your child needs to see you practice road safety every day. This means that you need to use a seat belt when driving or riding in a vehicle. Car seats should also be correctly installed for your child to use during road trips.

Use Safety Gear Whilst Playing

Make sure your child wears safety gear whenever they are playing. Protective gear should be worn when playing with toys that have wheels such as bikes, skateboards, roller skates and scooters. Although helmets are an important protective gear because they help to reduce the risk of head injuries, knee pads and elbow pads are also important.

Hold Your Child’s Hand

You should always do this when the two of you are walking in public, around parked vehicles or near a road. Your child is still learning how the world works around them, and they do not have the mental capacity to make important decisions regarding road safety. They should always be under supervision when they are near traffic.

Whether your child is outside playing or walking across a car lot, it is critical they know and practice safety. Implementing these guidelines will make playtime safer and more enjoyable.

 

Ten Strategies for Keeping Kids Safe on the Road (PDF)

Back To School | Top 5 Tips to Keep Your Children Safe

How to Keep Your Child Safe on the Road – Speak Now For Kids

10 tips to keep your child safe in a car seat

13 Important Road Safety Rules To Teach Your Children

Going to College after a Bad School Experience

Posted by Sandra On February - 7 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Going to College after a Bad School Experience

If you were bullied at school, then it’s understandable that the thought of attending college may worry you. However, when it comes to advanced education, college students are often more mature and many individuals who had a bad experience at school go on to have the time of their lives at college, meeting people who become their best friends. Anxiety about going to college can be difficult, as not attending could make it more difficult for many people to pursue their chosen career. If you experienced bullying as a child and it’s affecting you as you transition to college life, here are some ways that you might choose to deal with it.

Seek Professional Help

First and foremost, it’s important to note that if you’re suffering from anxiety that is affecting your ability to do everyday tasks and even make rational decisions, you should seek the help of a medical professional straight away. Although it’s normal for us as humans to feel stressed and/or nervous about things at times, it’s unnatural to have crippling anxiety levels that hinder and affect other areas of our life. It’s very hard to beat anxiety without the help of a professional. Your doctor should be your first call as they can refer you to a therapist or prescribe medication if needed.

Study Online

Some people who suffered bullying and abuse in school often grow up with social anxiety. This makes the whole college experience extremely difficult, and it’s not uncommon for students with social anxiety to drop out under the pressure. If you’re currently suffering from social anxiety and find it difficult to connect with or even speak to other people, the first thing you need to do is seek help from a doctor or counsellor who can help you overcome this issue. In the meantime, options to earn your MBA online with online MBA learning resources can help to take some of the pressure off. Many colleges offer online versions of most if not all of their programs.

Have a Support Plan

Colleges today must understand that some students will need help and support throughout their time at university. Whilst studying for your degree, it’s important that your mental health is a main concern, as being mentally unwell will make it far more difficult for you to succeed academically. Colleges offer support in the form of counsellors and on-campus clinics for students to attend. Many colleges have qualified therapists on site to offer CBT and other talking therapies to students suffering from anxiety and other problems. Not only will signing up for services such as this help you to overcome your current anxiety, it can also help you to figure out things from the past and let go of painful memories, feelings, and emotions that you’re holding on to, which is going to make you feel better straight away. Your college may also be able to offer extensions on deadlines or private exam rooms if necessary.

Being the victim of bullies at school doesn’t mean that you need to have the same experience at college.

Overcoming a Troubled Childhood With The Power Of Education

Posted by Sandra On February - 7 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Overcoming a Troubled Childhood Background with the Power of Education

Not all children grow up thinking of anything but escaping their tumultuous family lives. These children have no dreams of being supported while attending college, nor do they generally get help from their guardians in preparation of applying for various schools. After getting to safety, only then can they begin to chart out the rest of their lives, making solid plans to further their education. Institutions of excellence such as Washington State University have aided adults of various backgrounds to beat the odds and put the memories of childhood abuse and neglect to rest. If you have survived childhood abuse and want to build a future that is healthy, safe and free of further trauma, education needs to come first in your life.

Beating the Odds of Childhood Abuse and Neglect

It is unfortunate, but statistically, those who have been abused and or neglected as children often do not do as well in life as those who come from more stable backgrounds. Besides being financially disadvantaged, children in abusive households are not optimistic about the future because they aren’t allowed to dream. While other kids are given online MBA program details, abused children generally try to stay invisible. One of the best ways to prove that you are capable of success is to develop into an adult who is not limited by his or her regrettable childhood.

Discovering What You Want To Do With Your Life

It is during the time that people attend college that they start to see the world in a more mature way. Instead of just hoping or dreaming that you will be able to make a modest amount of money one day, you can finally accept the fact that it is possible for you to do even more. Whether your goal is to show others that you are intelligent enough to complete an online MBA curriculum, or to have a family of your own with children who are loved and free of abuse, choosing the type of degree you want to earn is an important first move. As an adult, no one can tell you what to do with your life, and if you want to make choices that are ambitious, daring or even challenging, no one will be able to stop you.

Inspiring Other Survivors of Childhood Abuse

There are children still growing up in abusive households, and they may not think that they will ever grow up to be happy. By working on a degree and speaking about your experience with abuse and neglect as a child, others will want to help and learn more about this terrible reality. You do not have to feel fearful of failure, or of your abusive parents or guardians anymore, now that you are fully autonomous and in charge of your present destiny.

The transition from childhood to adulthood can be rife with difficulty for people who grew up not knowing what it feels like to be pushed to do their best, and instead were treated poorly. Therapy can help to heal the wounds that were inflicted during an abusive childhood. On the other hand, taking action and working towards getting a degree can be just as therapeutic and fulfilling.

How To Beat The Bullies

Posted by Sandra On January - 31 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Some 3.2 million children globally have been bullied within the past year. If you’re a parent of a teased child, it’s easy to feel helpless and at a loss to know how to help. But there are some scientifically proven methods to improve the situation. Psychologists have revealed five steps parents should take to beat the bullies. READ MORE HERE

What You Can Do | StopBullying.gov

Here are some more ways to beat bullying at your school:
  1. Stand up for people who are bullied. Bullies often want an audience and approval. …
  2. Take an anti-bullying pledge. …
  3. Take action. …
  4. Talk to other kids. …
  5. Talk to your teachers or principal. …
  6. Talk to your parents or guardians. …
  7. Speak (and write) up! …
  8. Get creative.

 

The Cost of Child Abuse

Posted by Sandra On January - 26 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Study Says $400K Over a Lifetime

Child maltreatment is often measured by lives forever scarred by trauma and families torn apart, but a new study estimates that each case of abuse also carries a hefty price tag. According to researchers with the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center in collaboration and the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, each incidence of child abuse costs the public $400,533 over the course of a victim’s lifetime.

For the city of San Francisco, the total cost of child maltreatment was $301.6 million, a number that factors in the 753 cases of substantiated child abuse in 2015. In the “The Economics of Child Abuse: A Study of San Francisco,” a study released on Thursday by the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, the economic burden of child maltreatment is examined long after the child abuse has occurred. READ MORE HERE

Early Signs of Child Abuse

Posted by Sandra On January - 12 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

How To Identify Early Signs of Child Abuse

Children experience different types of abuse including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Many of them suffer silently for a long time before their parents discover their pain. In most cases of child abuse, the abuser threatens the child against disclosing his or her acts to anyone. Sometimes abuse comes from a close relative or parent, which makes it difficult for the other parent or relatives to learn about it. However, parents and pediatric nurses can look out for some early signs of child abuse. These include:

1. Withdrawal

A child experiencing abuse may seem withdrawn from his or her peers and family. Some withdraw out of fear while others withdraw because of shame, especially in the case of sexual abuse. A child may lose interest in social and outdoor activities, suddenly or gradually.

2. Poor Performance in School

A child’s performance in school is a good indicator of his or her state of mind. If a child’s grades begin to decline without an obvious reason like sickness or absence, it is possible that the child is experiencing neglect or abuse.

3. Fear or Uneasiness while Interacting with a Parent

The ability of nurses to identify child abuse cases largely depends on their pediatric nurse practitioner specialties. Nurses and teachers can identify child abuse cases by observing the interactions between children and their parents. Children undergoing abuse from their parents are often afraid when talking to their parents. The children try to do everything right to avoid upsetting their parents. They are not free to express themselves or play around their parents.

4. Stunted Development

A child undergoing any form of abuse shows signs of abnormal growth and development. The child may not possess the skills and abilities that other children of the same age possess. Sometimes children lose some of the skills they had attained after experiencing abuse. Stunted physical development is also an indicator of abuse and neglect. For instance, a child may gain weight and height at a slower rate than his or her peers.

5. Unexplained Injuries and Bruises

Nurses can learn how to become a pediatric nurse practitioner to improve their effectiveness in helping victims of child abuse. Unexplained physical marks, injuries, and bruises are obvious signs that a child is experiencing physical abuse. A child may try to cover the injuries with inappropriate clothing or give conflicting information on the source of the physical marks.

6. Extreme Behavior

Children undergoing abuse may display extreme behavior. They may become excessively demanding for care and attention or extremely passive. An abused child may become extremely compliant or extremely deviant.

7. Mental Health Issues

All forms of abuse lead to negative emotions and feelings. Abused children often suffer from depression, anxiety, and a low self-esteem. Some experience suicidal thoughts and may attempt suicide on several occasions. An abused child is always alert or watchful as if he or she expects something bad to happen.

Pediatric nurse practitioners and parents can use the signs outlined above to identify cases of child abuse. However, with the exception of physical injuries and bruises, one sign is not sufficient evidence of abuse. Parents and nurses should rule out other possible causes before concluding that a child is experiencing abuse.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Signs & Symptoms of Child Abuse

Child Abuse & Neglect: Recognizing the Signs and Making a Difference

Child abuse Symptoms – Mayo Clinic

How to Recognize Child Abuse

Child sexual abuse warning signs

Tip Sheet: Warning Signs of Possible Sexual Abuse

Choosing the Right School

Posted by Sandra On January - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Choosing the right school and the right field of study to focus on is more important than ever. Whether you’re trying to acquire a bachelor’s degree or you want to pursue an MBA from the best online MBA schools available today, taking the time to choose a school and major that suits you is a must. A specific specialization will help you perform better as you enter the job market. Employers also value MBA students with specific sets of skills that are aligned with the position they are filling perfectly.

Fortunately, the education landscape is responding beautifully to the increasing demand for specialized professionals. Top universities such as Northeastern University, for example, are making specializations such as international marketing and finance available to their MBA students. Choose the correct specialization and you’ll be shaping a better future for yourself.

To learn more, the How to Choose the Right School for Your Career Path infographic by Northeastern University has all the information you need.

Northeastern University’s Master of Business Administration Online Program

Grants & Scholarships for Survivors – Dreamcatchers for Abused Children

Education – Dreamcatchers for Abused Children

Scholarships For Sexually Abused Children – Grants – Financial Aid

 

5 Keys to Combat Trafficking

Posted by Sandra On December - 30 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Five key tools to combat trafficking in 2017

downloadWith the power of technology and legal clout, many experts agree that 2017 could be the tipping point in the global fight against human trafficking. An estimated 45.8 million people live in some form of slavery across the world, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index by human rights group Walk Free Foundation. Yet pressure and awareness are now building, big business is starting to lead the way, new laws are being put in place and potentially game-changing technology is available. We asked experts what they see as the five most important tools in the year ahead to tackle the illegal trade in humans that is worth an estimated $150 billion a year – READ MORE HERE

NEED HELP? CALL NOW: 1-(888)-373-7888

National Human Trafficking Resource Center

SMS: 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”)
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Languages: English, Spanish and 200 more languages

 

Devastating Child Abuse Impacts

Posted by Sandra On December - 26 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

images-2Abuse and neglect during childhood are linked to poor mid-adulthood socioeconomic outcomes, with greater risk for those who experienced multiple types of maltreatment, researchers reported. According to findings from a population-based study of 8,076 adults in the U.K., 21% experienced one type of maltreatment and 10% experienced two or more types during childhood, wrote Snehal M. Pinto Pereira, PhD, of the University College London Institute of Child Health, and colleagues in Pediatrics. READ MORE HERE

Child abuse ‘affects health decades later’

New Study Shows Victims Of Child Abuse Have Future Health Issues

Death Penalty Info Center

Posted by Sandra On December - 13 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

capture-20161213-210815Vindication for victims and closure for victims’ families are often held out as primary reasons for supporting the death penalty.  However, many people in this community believe that another killing would not bring closure and that the death penalty is a disservice to victims. READ MORE HERE

What crimes are punishable by death in the US?
The United States federal government (in comparison to the separate states) applies the death penalty for crimes: treason, terrorism, espionage, federal murder, large-scale drug trafficking, and attempting to kill a witness, juror, or court officer in certain cases.
How many states still have the death penalty?
Only 31 states currently allow for the death penalty, and seven states have repealed the punishment since 2004. Today, there are about 600 fewer prisoners on death row than there were at the end of 2000.

Studies Say Death Penalty Deters Crime – Washington Post

Capital Punishment: Deterrent Effects & Capital Costs

The Death Penalty Deters Crime and Saves Lives – Heritage Foundation

Death Penalty for Child Molesters? – TIME

States Weigh Punishing Child Rapists With Death | Fox News

 

Were You Abused as a Child? This Might Interest You

Posted by Sandra On December - 5 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

crying-child-20160520145555-jpg-q75dx720y432u1r1ggcOne of the most common fears among adults who were abused as a child is the fear of being an abusive parent themselves. They have heard it said time and again that children who were abused often grow up to be abusers themselves, and though it would be misleading to say this never happens, it doesn’t need to be the case and often isn’t true at all. If you were among the tens of thousands of young adults who was abused, physically, emotionally or even sexually as a child, here is some information that might interest you. Before writing off having kids of your own, know this.

Not All Abused Children Grow Up to Be Abusers

Oddly, whenever a story surfaces about a child who has been abused, the first thing people say is that the offending adult must have been abused as a child. Sometimes this is the case but not always. According to cureviolence.org, their research indicates that approximately 1/3 of those who were abused as a child will carry on the tendency based on their personal history. This means that 2/3 of abused children grow up to be a perfectly ‘normal’ parent with no tendencies towards abuse as an adult. However, how can you know which group you fall within until you have children? Is it safe to become a parent now knowing?

The Best Place to Find Your Answers

There are people who specialize in counseling adults who were abused as a child, and although you might simply consult with a psychologist, social worker or even a psychiatrist, there is someone who might even be better suited to finding the answers you seek. Believe it or not, a counselor with a masters criminal justice dual major who is now working as a criminologist would probably be your best bet. The reason for this is because they are not only trained in psychology but are also expert in criminology, or in plain English, the study of the criminal mind. And, yes, child abuse is a crime and it takes a criminal mind to perpetrate horrors such as child abuse.

Why a Major in Criminal Justice?

You may be confused because most of us equate a degree in criminal justice with the legal system. We think of a criminal justice masters program from top ranked schools like Boston University Metropolitan College as preparing students to rise within the ranks of police departments or within the legal profession, but many psych undergrads go on to major in criminal justice to offer a better foundation in criminal psychology. Many counselors see the need to study how the criminal mind works, patterns of behavior, social causes and societal demographics that lead to being an abuser. These are the counselors, often within the legal system, who deal with the abusers themselves as they re-enter society after incarceration, as well as counseling the victims of abuse.

Because they are trained to spot those triggers more keenly than a counselor with a general psych degree, they would be best equipped to help you determine if you are prone to being an abuser and if so, how to get the treatment and therapy necessary so that the pattern stops here and now in your generation.

Inside The Brain of a Pedophile

Posted by Sandra On October - 25 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

MRI scans reveal how child molesters may be wired differently

BRAINPedophilia is often thought of as synonymous with child molestation, but this is not always the case. Not everyone diagnosed with pedophilia will commit child sexual offences, and some people who sexually offend against children are not pedophiles. Now a new study has shown there are differences in the brains of those who attack children and pedophiles who have never molested anyone, and the findings could help predict whether or not a pedophile might go on to offend. READ MORE HERE

 

 

Grants & Scholarships for Survivors

Posted by Sandra On October - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Scholarships for Survivors of Crime

istock000001667961mediumSince the pursuit of education is one of the most vital parts of healing, empowerment, self-esteem, and independence, many public and private organizations have established scholarships for survivors of crime to help get on the right track to a brighter future. Due to the devastating impact of violent crimes on human development, many victims often suffer from long-term effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiousness, fearfulness, and other disturbing symptoms that make it difficult to function, let alone pursue a degree. Luckily, the following are 25 of the best scholarship opportunities that are available to provide crime survivors with the financial support and resources for recovery in pursuing their dreams. READ MORE HERE

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR CHILD ABUSE SURVIVORS:

National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
Scholarships For Sexually Abused Children – Grants – Financial Aid
Dr. Phil Foundation – Grants for Victims of Abuse
Grant Links | Pandora’s Project
Money & Help For Victims of Crimes
Scholarship Fund – The Genesis Alliance
Sexual Abuse Specialist Training Scholarship Program
College Scholarships for Students Living with PTSD or Mental Illness
Children Impacted By Crime Scholarship Fund
Funding Opportunities | National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Financial Aid and Scholarships : Kids Matter Inc.

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Educational Opportunities for Survivors of Domestic Abuse

The best thing that a battered woman can do for herself is to further her education. This way, she can become independent so she can support herself and her children all on her own; but the first thing she must do is to get out of the abusive relationship that she is in. Once she finds the courage and the help that she needs to get out of the situation she is in, she will want to better her chances of finding stable employment through higher education. For this she will need funding. Fortunately for her, there are several organizations that provide scholarships and grants to survivors of domestic violence. With a little research, women will find that there are many groups out there that want to help them get the education they need in order to turn their lives around. READ MORE HERE

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR DV SURVIVORS:

Domestic Violence: Grants for Survivors and Advocates
National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
College Scholarships for Domestic Violence Victims
College Grants & Scholarships for Domestic Violence Abuse Victims
Domestic Abuse Victim College Scholarships – FinancialAidFinder
Find College Scholarships and Grants for Domestic Violence Victims

September: Suicide Awareness Month

Posted by Sandra On September - 17 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

suicideA recent study revealed that the U.S. has seen an alarming rise in suicides. In fact, with the rate now at 13 suicides per 100,000 people, it’s at an all-time high since the mid-1980s. The idea that anyone could feel life is not worth living anymore — let alone thousands of Americans each year — knocks the wind out of me.

September 2016 is also known as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month which helps promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention, how you can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm.

Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people and is often the result of mental health conditions that effect people when they are most vulnerable. Suicidal thoughts and suicide occur too frequently but should not be considered common and can indicate more serious issues. In many cases the individuals, friends and families affected by suicide are left in dark, feeling shame or stigma that prevents talking openly about issues dealing with suicide.

Crisis and Information Resources

  • I’m in crisis or am experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts: National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
  • I’m looking for more information, referrals or support: NAMI HelpLine 800-950-NAMI (6264)

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately. READ MORE HERE

How to Cope with Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings – In Yourself & Others

Anger, Depression, and Disability: Adapting to a New Reality

The Guide to Rebuilding Bridges With Your Loved Ones After Battling Addiction

Earlier Than Too Late: Stopping Stress and Suicide Among Emergency Personnel

Teens and Peer Suicide: Dangerous Potential After-Effects

After a Suicide Attempt: A Guide for Family & Friends

Left Behind After Suicide

National Suicide Prevention Week | American Association of Suicidology

RecognitionWorks also had the opportunity to meet with addiction survivors who shared their stories about overcoming their substance abuse.

UNICEF: 50 Million Children Displaced Worldwide

Posted by Sandra On September - 7 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Number of unaccompanied minors applying for asylum tripled in past 2-years

article-doc-fx4n2-51bCj80hVn19db279f1176943611-796_634x422Nearly 50 million children throughout the world are ‘uprooted,’ forcibly displaced from their home countries by war, violence or persecution, UNICEF has revealed. In its analysis of global data, UNICEF found there were also one million asylum seekers whose refugee status is pending and approximately 17 million children displaced within their own countries lacking access to humanitarian aid and critical services. Children are also increasingly crossing borders on their own: more than 100,000 unaccompanied minors applied for asylum in 78 countries last year, tripling 2014’s numbers. READ MORE HERE

UNICEF | Children’s Rights & Emergency Relief Organization

UNICEF | Facebook

Nearly half of all refugees are children, says Unicef

UNICEF: 50 million children uprooted by crises

Nearly 50 million children are refugees or migrants, says UNICEF

 

 

National Child Abuse Registries

Posted by Sandra On July - 3 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Bills_introduced_to_create_child_abuse_r_3537870000_25032680_ver1.0_640_480The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act requires states to “check any child abuse and neglect registry maintained by the State for information on any prospective foster or adoptive parent and on any other adult living in the home of such a prospective parent, and request any other State in which any such prospective parent or other adult has resided in the preceding 5 years, to enable the State to check any child abuse and neglect registry maintained by such other State for such information, before the prospective foster or adoptive parent may be finally approved for placement of a child” and to ‘‘comply with any request described…(above) that is received from another State.”

Adam Walsh Information and Forms

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7/3/2016 – GEORGIA – Georgia is the latest state to launch a child abuse registry. The Division of Family and Children Services on Friday launched a registry allowing employers of certain child-serving agencies to find out if a job applicant was deemed an alleged child abuser by the division. The central child abuse registry, called the Child Protective Services Information System, will include names of people who allegedly abused a child. The registry will only be accessible to certain child caring employers and agencies, allowing these employers to learn if an applicant has a substantiated allegation of abuse with the division. READ MORE HERE

State Child Abuse Registries

Child Abuse Registries in Foreign Countries and Geographic Entities

MDHHS – Central Registry – State of Michigan

Disclosure of Confidential Child Abuse and Neglect Records

Beyond Background Checks – Perform A Child Abuse Registry Check

Establishment and Maintenance of Central Child Abuse Registries

Dissecting a Pedophile

Posted by Sandra On June - 18 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Why are some people attracted to children?

What is a pedophile?

200569163-001Pedophiles (as defined by the fifth Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) are individuals who are preferentially or solely sexually attracted to prepubescent children, generally 13 years or less. There are distinct classifications for other attractions to children, depending on the developmental stage the adult is sexually attracted to. Those who find children on the cusp of puberty sexually attractive are known as “hebephiles”. “Ephebophiles” are individuals who are sexually attracted to children who have reached puberty.

Not all pedophiles are child sex offenders, and conversely not all child sex offenders are pedophiles. Some people who sexually abuse children are not preferentially attracted to children at all. The abuse is a matter of opportunity: the child is a sexual surrogate for an unavailable adult or the abuse represents a need to dominate and control another human being.

So, to de-muddy the water, I will restrict this discussion to those with an attraction to children: preferential child sex offenders. READ MORE HERE

International Child Abduction

Posted by Sandra On May - 3 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Everything You Need to Know About International Child Abuse

2007_report_child_planeBeing in the situation where a partner has taken your child to another country can be stressful enough, but it can be made much, much worse if you have reason to believe that your child may be coming to harm in their care. International child abuse cases can often be quite difficult and extremely stressful, especially if you have little or no contact with the child. A common example of this type of case is a violent partner who has fled the country, taking your child with them. Getting custody in the case of international child abduction by a partner can be difficult, however if abuse is suspected it may be easier to get your child back.

Report to the Authorities

The first thing that you should do on discovering that an abusive partner or ex partner has fled the country with your child is report it to the authorities. If you have records of your partner/ex partner being abusive towards either you or the child in the past, your case with undoubtedly be stronger. If you have never reported any abuse before, now is the time that you must. Going straight to the police can help you ensure that you get the best assistance in returning your child safely to you and dealing with your partner accordingly.

Get a Lawyer

You will also most likely need to get legal help in the case of international child abduction by a partner, and definitely if abuse is involved. The country where your partner or ex partner has fled to can sometimes cause problems, therefore if they have gone to a non-extradition country it may be more difficult for you to get your child back home, even if the partner has a history of abuse or violence. Getting the help of an international child custody lawyer from a law firm such as Ideal Legal Group as soon as possible can help you to build a strong case against your partner or ex partner quickly. They will also be able to offer advice and assistance on the type of trial or custody hearing which you can expect to attend, and which country it will need to be held in.

Your Child

In most cases, the parent at home will win in the case of parental international child abduction where abuse is suspected. However, there are some things which could lessen the chances of this happening, for example if your child has extended family in the country which they have been taken to, or if they are a witness to a crime in that country. Whatever happens, maintaining your relationship with your child is crucial. If possible you should speak to them often, whether it be over the phone or by sending letters and gifts. Being taken to another country can often be a confusing experience for a child, and they need to be reassured that the parent left back home has not abandoned them. However, you should never discuss the case with your child.

There are many ways in which you can get your child back from a partner or ex partner who has taken them abroad. Don’t suffer in silence, get help as soon as you can.

MORE RESOURCES:

International Parental Kidnapping | CRIMINAL-CEOS

International Parental Child Abduction

 

Kids: Surviving An Abduction Attempt

Posted by Sandra On April - 12 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Teach your child how to survive an abduction

Protection expert gives tips on best way to fight, stay alive

download (1)Montgomery Texas Police Chief Jim Napolitano, a former Secret Service agent to four different presidents, is an expert in protection and security.  With his advice and the help of child and adult actors, News 6 set out to teach parents exactly, step by step, what you need to do to escape from a child abductor in four typical scenarios.

Scenario No. 1: A predator approaches a child at the playground. There are others around, but the attacker snatches the child quickly.

What do you do?

Napolitano says two things:

1. Scream as loud and fast as you can to attract attention
2. Fight, punch, kick and claw
“They have to fight,” he said. “Fight with everything they have inside of them to get away from this person that wants to do them harm.”

READ MORE HERE

How to Thwart an Abduction Attempt: 11 Steps

How to Survive an Abduction or Hostage Situation

How to Teach a Child to Escape or Prevent an Abduction

Articles: How to Survive a Kidnapping

Child Safety Tips – Kidnapping Escape

April: Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted by Sandra On March - 27 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Child-Abuse-Prevention-LogoApril has been nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month since 1985. April also recognizes Sexual Abuse Awareness as well. Each year, there are nearly 3 million reports of child abuse and neglect. Child abuse cases are vastly under-reported, as adults often fail to recognize or respond to warning signs of child abuse, and abused children suffer in fear and silence afraid to report. National Child Abuse Prevention Month offers each of us an opportunity to highlight child abuse facts, be pro-active in educating the public on child abuse, explain the importance of reporting child abuse, encourage community involvement, and support abused children.

DID YOU KNOW?
*1 in every 3 girls will be sexually molested before the age of 18
*1 in every 5 boys will be sexually molested before the age of 18
*Every 10 SECONDS a child is raped or killed in the U.S.
*Today up to 5 children will die from abuse or neglect
*In 13 seconds, another child will be abused in the U.S
*There were 2.9 million child abuse reports made in 1992
*ONLY 28% of the children identified as harmed by abuse are investigated
*Boys are at a greater risk of serious injury and of emotional neglect than are girls
*85% of the 1.2 – 1.5 million runaways are fleeing abuse at home
*80% of perpetrators are biological parents
*60 % of male survivors report at least one of their perpetrators to be female
*Children in mother-only households are 4 times more likely to be fatally abused
*Female abusers are typically younger than male abusers.
*The median age was 30 years for women and 33 years for men
*Today 6 children will commit suicide
*Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death (ages 15-24)
*Untreated child abuse increases the likelihood of arrest for a violent crime by 38 percent
*60 MILLION survivors are former victims of child sexual abuse in America today
*71 % of child sex offenders are under the age of 35
*38% of women & 20% of men have been sexually abused during adolescence
*It is estimated that 3%-6% of the clergy population has abused a child
*Natural mothers are the perpetrators of 93% of physical neglect, 86% educational neglect, 78% emotional neglect, 60% physical abuse, 55% emotional abuse
*The typical pedophile molests an average of 117 children–most of whom do not report the offense

~Imagine the outcry if these statistics represented a disease, which was wiping out 5 children per day, victimizing millions, and who’s by-products where disabilities & expanding violence. Youth rights are really about human rights, and simple empathy is a giant first step to the benefits of increased awareness. The high jump in child abuse statistics shows the importance of youth rights by showing cases of frightening lack of knowledge!!~
Go ahead….
IT’S TIME TO GET ANGRY ABOUT CHILD ABUSE IN OUR NATION!!

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Take Action

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Each of us needs to take action to help prevent child abuse and neglect! Whether you donate to organizations advocating against child abuse, participate in a fundraising event, or join forces by contacting your local office, your contribution makes a huge difference.

What can you do right now? Anything you do to support kids and parents can help reduce the isolation and stress that often leads to abuse and neglect.

How YOU Can Help:

Be a friend to a parent you know. Ask how their children are doing. Draw on your own experiences to provide reassurance and support. If a parent seems to be struggling, offer to baby-sit or run errands, or just lend a friendly ear. Show you understand.

Be a friend to a child you know. Remember their names. Smile when you talk with them. Ask them about their day at school. Send them a card in the mail. Show you care.

Talk to your neighbors about looking out for one another’s children. Encourage a supportive spirit among parents in your apartment building or on your block. Show that you are involved.

Give your used clothing, furniture and toys for use by another family. This can help relieve the stress of financial burdens that parents sometimes take out on their kids.

Volunteer your time and money for programs in your community that support children and families, such as parent support groups, child care centers, and our state chapters and local Healthy Families America sites.

Advocate for public policies, innovative programs and issues that benefit children and families.

Purchase a STOP CHILD ABUSE t-shirt (Campaign runs 3/28/2016 – 4/11/2016)    Purchase a STOP CHILD ABUSE t-shirt or hoodie for April’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month! Campaign hosted by www.holdontohope.org. 25% of all sales will be donated to our nonprofit organization. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Purchase a STOP CHILD ABUSE Blue Silicone Bracelet – Show your support by wearing this stylish bracelet.

Purchase Pinwheels for Prevention –  The pinwheel is the nationally recognized symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention. It also symbolizes the belief that every child has the right to grow and flourish to his/her full potential within a nurturing environment.

**DONATE**
If you are considering making a contribution, DREAMCATCHERSFOR ABUSED CHILDREN has many programs and services that would benefit from your generosity. Your tax-deductible contribution will be designated to promote child abuse awareness, intervention & prevention, along with support services for abuse victims. Any contribution you make will help us to fulfill our mission to prevent child abuse. If you have any questions or would like more information please email us at: dreamcatchersforabusedchildren@gmail.com — Please click here for more info!

**IN-KIND DONATIONS**
Donate an item, service or gift card/gift certificate to help aid abused children or our organization. If you would like to learn more about in-kind donations, please click here!

**DONATE A VEHICLE**
Donate your automobile, boat, motorcycle, jet ski or almost any other mode of transportation, working or not. Your donation will help benefit DREAMCATCHERS FOR ABUSED CHILDREN. If you would like to learn more about donating a vehicle, please click here!

**LEAVE A LEGACY**
“Leave a Legacy” is a campaign to help educate people from all walks of life about the possibility of making an estate gift to their charity of choice. Those of you who are able to give generously during our lifetime, and those who have been unable to make lifetime gifts, can discover ways to make major contributions through thoughtful, well planned wills and other gift techniques. Gifts may be in the form of money, property, investments or a portion of an estate. Learn more by clicking here!

**IN MEMORY–TRIBUTE MEMORIAL DONATIONS**
Commemorate a friend, family member, loved one, or an abused child by making a donation in their memory–give a lasting gift that fights back against child abuse and lives on for years to come. Learn more by clicking here!

**DFAC MERCHANDISE**
Our shirts themselves are part of our story, as DFAC has sparked countless conversations that begin with the question, “What does your shirt stand for?” We love hearing about these conversations, the ones that change lives, create friendships, and promote child abuse advocacy. You can find these T-shirts and all our other merchandise on the front page of our domain website by the shopping cart or by clicking here!

**PURCHASE “BRAVELETS” JEWELRY**
“BE BRAVE” ~ Dreamcatchers for Abused Children STOP CHILD ABUSE “Bravelets” Jewelry!! $10 from each product purchased will be donated to our organization. Check out our jewelry items by clicking here!

**DREAMCATCHERS FREE E-BOOK **
Free–Immediate Download: The Dreamcatchers for Abused Children Child Abuse Handbook is an educational self-help tutorial with information pertaining to all aspects of child abuse & neglect. It will teach you child abuse signs/symptoms, facts/ statistics, effects, intervention, reporting, prevention, and provide resources to help victims & survivors locate the help they need to obtain a full recovery. This handbook also provides state & local hotline numbers and contact agencies. Please visit this link to download your FREE e-book.

**PROMOTE–SPREAD THE WORD–EDUCATE THE PUBLIC**
One way is to try to get as many people as you can to look at our website & let your friend’s know that you are helping us promote child abuse awareness–it will help us to educate the public faster!! You will then be doing your part to help these children. Even if your friends only log on & read our site ONCE….they will remember the signs/symptoms to look for, who to contact, intervention, prevention & recovery of child abuse. JUST THINK OF HOW MANY CHILDREN’S LIVES COULD BE SAVED IF ALL INDIVIDUALS WERE TRAINED ON WHAT TO LOOK FOR!!! Education & knowledge is the key to prevention!!!!

**TALK TO YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL**
Talk to your local school and find out what programs they have implemented for child abuse awareness, sexual abuse awareness and/or anti-bullying programs. If they do not have any programs in place, ask them to consider one and help them to research how to implement one. This is VITAL for all communities and for the lives of our children!! Click here to learn more!

**DONATE YOUR TIME LOCALLY**
You could also look in your area @ your local resources to see if they need volunteers (@ the shelters, hospitals, DHS/CPS offices, schools, etc.) This would be a way for you to learn more about the statistics of child abuse & to help your community. Recently, one of our members used our website as a POWERPOINT PRESENTATION at his church. He not only received a huge, positive response from his missionary, but also had a child come forward to report molestation that had been taking place in the nursery—THE MAN WAS ARRESTED!!! All because she saw our website, was educated, and KNEW to report this crime!!!

**VOLUNTEER**
We encourage the public and other child abuse advocates to “volunteer” to help DREAMCATCHERS. We ask that you help to promote child abuse awareness & education, distribute our literature, publications and information and think of unique ideas/fundraisers to help us raise funds so that we may continue our mission successfully. We need the public to be actively involved in our child abuse advocacy—we cannot do it alone. Consider becoming a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Volunteer!! CASA volunteers are desperately needed. Learn more here!

**FUNDRAISE**
We are an official non-profit 501(c)3 organization and are funded by donations, grants & charity benefits. You could organize unique fundraisers such as car washes, bake sales, community garage sale, art contests, 50/50 raffles, etc. ALL proceeds collected are directly donated back into the organization to help to help educate the public on how to help these abused children!!! Why not involve everyone in your community? Organize a community fund raiser & donate a percentage of the funds towards a child abuse organization of your choice. Learn more about fundraising here!

**SPONSORSHIP**
You could also ask businesses in your area if they might be interested in sponsoring us either directly or by holding a fund raiser or charity event. We accept gift items, monetary donations, in-kind donations and/or goods & services. Learn more about our sponsorship packages by clicking here!

CLICK for More Ways “YOU” Can Help

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Child Maltreatment is Preventable

CDC works to stop child maltreatment, including abuse and neglect, before it initially occurs. In doing this, CDC promotes the development of safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments between children and their parents or caregivers. Children’s experiences are defined through their environments (such as homes, schools, and neighborhoods) and relationships with parents, teachers, and other caregivers. Healthy relationships act as a buffer against adverse childhood experiences. They are necessary to ensure the long-term physical and emotional well-being of children.

Join CDC’s Initiative to Prevent Child Maltreatment

Safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments are essential to prevent child maltreatment and to assure children reach their full potential. The Essentials for Childhood initiative has a technical package that proposes evidence-based strategies communities can consider to promote relationships and environments that help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens.

The Essentials for Childhood downloadable package is intended for communities committed to the positive development of children and families, and specifically to prevent child abuse and neglect. While child maltreatment is a significant public health problem, it is also a preventable one. The steps suggested in the Essentials for Childhood package—along with your commitment to preventing child maltreatment—can help create neighborhoods, communities, and a world in which every child can thrive.

Downloadable Materials

Web-based Resources

Online Training

Building Community, Building Hopeis a video series showing real-world, collaborative solutions to the problem of child abuse and neglect.

PDF Download (PDF – 2,027 KB)

OSHS’s Safe and Supportive Schools TA Center  provides resources and support to help schools and communities develop rigorous measurement systems that assess school climate and implement and evaluate programmatic interventions. We welcome you to explore and discover, ask questions, and share your perspectives.

The Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime outlines strategies for how to respond if a child tells you that he or she has been abused.

Click Here  for information about child maltreatment and ways to prevent it in your home, school and neighborhood. The packet is compiled by our Families Are Magic Coordinator with the latest and most effective information and activities to empower community members to fight child abuse and neglect.

Presidential Proclamation — National Child Abuse

Child Abuse Prevention Month – CASA for Children

Prevent Child Abuse America

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month – Childhelp

National Child Abuse Prevention Month: 2016

 

Child Welfare Information Gateway

The 2016 Prevention Resource Guide

2016 Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

2016 Child Abuse Prevention Month Awareness Actitivites

 

 

 


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