Category Archives: Good Parenting

Give A Child A Voice Foundation

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Cindy Dennis

Springfield Mom Creates Foundation To Fight Child Abuse

Springfield, Missouri – Cindy Dennis, author of child abuse prevention books, is creating the Give A Child A Voice Foundation.

By forming a nonprofit foundation, Dennis said she hopes to reach more children, parents, grandparents, foster parents and educators. As a foundation, she will be in a better position to raise funds and apply for grants.  And she can get cheaper “nonprofit” publishing rates.

The Springfield mom presented her plans Wednesday at the 1 Million Cups meeting, where entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts to an audience.

“Our objective is to reduce and eventually end all forms of child abuse, neglect and molestation,” she told the audience.  “We will achieve this by teaching kids to stand up for themselves, be vigilant and become a crusader for their own well-being.”

“Children will learn that their bodies are sacred and no one has a right to victimize them.  They will learn tactics and strategies that can lead to prevention.”

Dennis said as the foundation raises money, she will be able to create a high-quality video “that is engaging to children with animation and songs.”  Dennis also wants to distribute the book “Friend Manual” to kindergarten through third-grade classes, preschools and churches.  “Friend Manual” teaches kids about safety, the difference between good secrets and bad secrets, and what to do if a stranger approaches or tries to grab them.

Dennis said the foundation will be run by volunteers and the office (in her home) is free.

“Someone asked if I will get burnt out,” she said.  “I’ve been doing this for 15 years, so I really don’t think I’ll be getting burnt out.

“We did have an incident in my family and that is why I’m so devoted to this,” she added.

The Give A Child A Voice Foundation board of directors includes Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott, KGBX’s Liz Delany, Erik Dennis, Councilwoman Kristi Fulnecky, April Harrell, Stacy James, Sam Sandora, Dawn Schaffer and Lauren O’Reilly.

Dennis said they are working to obtain 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Dennis has said her inspiration for her book series came from a relative who was molested at the age of 3.

Find out more about her books and watch videos featuring local celebrities like Jeff Houghton and Doug Pitt reading her books at cindylubooks.com.

Upcoming Fundraiser

A private concert featuring the band “Members Only” will be on April 30 at the Hotel Vandivort.  The venue was donated by Hotel Vandivort owner John McQueary, Dennis said.  Tickets will be $100 with proceeds going to the foundation’s video project.

Dennis said she is looking for businesses and individuals to sponsor the event.  If interested, email giveachildavoice@att.net.

Indiana Child Abuse Registry

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Stop Child Abuse

Bill creating Child Abuse registry
moves forward

Indiana  –  Angie Garza stood in front of lawmakers on Wednesday with a tearful plea.  She asked them to prevent another child from dying as her 19-month grandson did.

Those lawmakers responded.

With a unanimous vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee took the first step toward creating what may be the nation’s first public registry of people convicted of child abuse and neglect.

The bill, authored by Sen. Carlin Yoder, R-Middlebury, requires the state to create a publicly searchable website that lists all persons convicted of crimes against children, akin to the sex offender registry.

Such information exists but access is limited to police and employers doing background checks for workers in licensed child care facilities.

The origins of the proposal lie in the tragedy of Garza’s family.

Her grandson, Kirk Coleman, died in October 2014 while in the care of an Elkhart County woman whom Garza later learned was previously charged with battering a toddler and temporarily barred from caring for children.

While the woman told Garza that her grandson accidentally choked while eating, a pathologist later ruled his death a homicide caused by blunt-force injuries to the head.

“We’ve been trying to get justice ever since, not only for him, but for all children,” Garza said during emotional testimony.

Yoder said he was approached by Garza last fall, after Jackie Rolsten of New Paris, Ind., was charged in Kirk Coleman’s death.

Garza said her family had known Rolsten for many years, but they had no knowledge of her criminal history.  In 2006, Rolsten was arrested on a felony child-battery charge involving a 2-year-old.  She later pleaded to child neglect.

Though her prison term was suspended, Rolsten was ordered by a judge to stop her in-home childcare business while on probation. That order expired before she started taking care of Kirk.

“We had no idea,” Garza said.

Rolsten, now awaiting trial in Elkhart County on a charge of felony-battery resulting in death, didn’t need a state license to care for Kirk. Because she never cared for more than five children in her home, she fell outside of state licensing requirements.

Officials say thousands of such unlicensed childcare providers operate across the state.

Yoder said a registry will fill a gap by giving parents a place to see if someone coming into contact with their children has any prior child-abuse convictions.

“If there’s any good that can come from this, this may be it,” he said.
Still, the bill faces hurdles.

On Wednesday, a State Police official estimated it may cost up $300,000 a year to create and maintain such a registry.  At this point, Yoder’s bill comes with no funding.

Supporters of the idea – including Senate Judiciary Chairman Brent Steele, R-Bedford – promised to find it a way to pay for it.

“I don’t care about the fiscal impact,” said Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis.  “When it comes to the safety of children, I don’t care if we have to spend a million dollars.”

Other states have child abuse registries, but public access is limited.

Michigan lawmakers debated creating a public registry like the one Yoder wants after lawmakers there heard testimony from a family with a story similar to Garza’s.

That measure stalled when the American Civil Liberties Union raised concerns that the registry could have an unintended consequence: Someone may be less willing to report a spouse or family member suspected of abuse because they know the individual will be placed on the registry.

The ACLU also argued the registry is a kind of perpetual punishment, not allowing for people who’ve been rehabilitated to get off the list.

Larry Landers, head of the Indiana Public Defender Council, said a public child-abuse registry may face similar challenges.  He noted that Indiana’s sex offender registry, a public website that lists the names and addresses of persons accused of sex crimes, has faced multiple court challenges.

Those issues matter little for Kirk’s mother, Anissa Garza, who wept quietly Wednesday as she sat with a dozen family members to watch the hearing.

The measure must still pass the Senate, then move to the House for a hearing, but Garza said she is relieved that it is gaining support.

“I wouldn’t want to see this ever happen to any other parent,” she said.

THE REAL CRIME

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Make A Difference

Life Without Parole For A Whole
Lot Of People

It is well past time to see the end of Planned Parenthood, and all the evil and misery they deal out.

MISERY????

OH, LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE, LET ME COUNT THE WAYS….

Selling illegal body parts is just the tip of the iceberg, and must carry a heavy FELONY FOR EACH BODY PART.

BUT, selling illegal murdered babies body parts, for illegal research on fetal body parts should draw life as we know it sentences for a whole lot of people from planned parenthood all the way up to a whole lot of people in Washington.

But that still doesn’t begin to address the Dr Frankenstein mentality at work here behind the scenes, not having to rob graves, but simply finish growing illegally harvested baby body parts, for very illegal transplants.

ACCORDING TO WHO’S DATA????

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Dr Martin Luther King Jr

New Federal Data Shows Nearly 3 Percent Rise in Child Abuse

The number of U.S. children victimized by abuse and neglect increased by nearly 3 percent in the latest annual reporting period, according to new federal data.

According to the report released Monday by the Department of Health and Human Services, the estimated number of victimized children in the 2014 fiscal year was 702,208 — up from 682,307 in 2013.

The report estimated fatalities attributable to child abuse and neglect at 1,580 — up from 1,530 in 2013.

HHS said Rafael Lopez, commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, had sought input from child welfare officials in states with the increases in reported abuse and neglect.

According to Lopez, the officials cited substance abuse, mental health issues and domestic violence as factors contributing to the increased maltreatment.

I Can’t Help But Say It….

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How could our Children NOT MATTER????

Quiet Possibly A Statement From The
Master Architect And Master Builder

We hope everyone caught in this bad weather is safe and warm tonight, and before I continue, I want every single one of you to know that you are in my Prayers.

I am quiet sure that there will be more than a few that takes exception  to my choice of words….  SO, just so they don’t have to think too hard, I want to call your attention to HEADING #2, and I am talking about THE MASTER ARCHITECT AND MASTER BUILDER OF THIS EARTH, AND EVERY OTHER THING.

You see, I Happen To Know That HIS SON Cares A Great Deal About Children!!!!

Our Children are still being ignored by Washington.

But I do want to say THANK YOU!!!! to the state of Colorado, to Law Enforcement, and TO CPS, this is a VERY POSITIVE thing for CPS to work so closely with Law Enforcement for THE GOOD of Children, Parents, and in fact EVERYONE in Colorado,

I find it ironic that “someone” STRETCHED THE TRUTH by saying temperatures had risen since the 1800’s, and ocean temperatures had risen.

What’s ironic????  (I got 1 little thing to say first)

I will say that a whole lot of people should be glad for “The Climate Change” (LOL), otherwise this could very well be the next ice age beginning….

OK, what is ironic is the fact that the last time there was this much snow around NY was in 1859.

SO, without further ado, I have one (1) Award to hand out tonight, and I’m quiet sure you all will figure out the recipient.