I want to learn all I can, live as wisely as I can, and savor every moment on the journey.
I’d like to occasionally use my blog to feature causes and organizations who are working hard to relieve suffering and improve our world. I’ll begin with child abuse, which not only causes horrendous in-the-moment suffering for its helpless victims, but also haunts its victims for life through the effects of early trauma. The most horrible thing of all is that it happens so much, even in our supposedly advanced culture. Here are some organizations who are doing something about it.
Prevent Child Abuse America operates chapters in every US state to educate the public about child abuse and take action to protect local victims. According to its website, “A major organizational focus is to advocate for the existence of a national policy framework and strategy for children and families while promoting evidence-based practices that prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring.”
Childhelp provides intervention and treatment for victims of child abuse, in addition to operating prevention programs. It facilitates a national child abuse hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD.
The National Children’s Alliance organizes local children’s advocacy centers across the country, providing intervention and preventative resources to communities.
Safe Horizon “is the largest victims’ services agency in the United States,” according to its website. At its 57 program locations it provides rescue, recovery, and legal aid to victims of child abuse and domestic violence.
The Child Welfare Information Gateway is a service of the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its website provides comprehensive information about matters relating to child welfare.
Other websites that provide information pertaining to child welfare include:
The National Child Abuse Coalition, among other things, educates Congressmen and women about issues affecting children’s welfare.
The National Council of Child Abuse and Family Violence also exists (but from their limited website I could not quite understand what they do).
The National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse is an establishment of the National District Attorneys Association that provides support and information for lawyers who prosecute child abuse perpetrators.
Military OneSource’s Family Advocacy Program provides resources to military families on matters of child and family welfare.
Bikers Against Child Abuse is a body of bikers who advocate for protecting children and support local and state officials who work to protect children from abuse.
I think that last one is awesome because it’s so unexpected! But all of these organizations are doing good and important work. This is a shout-out to them and a call for increased awareness of the needs they are working to address.