Child abuse is a serious problem that we need your help with to overcome. On average, five children die every day from child abuse. When confronted with child abuse the inclination of many people may be to ignore it so as not to get involved. But with your help we can overcome child abuse. We need to be proactive when it comes to child abuse and do all that we can to overcome it. We must ensure all children get the future they deserve.
Inspirational speaker, Rhonda Sciortino is a proactive advocate of Foster homes and child welfare organizations. In 1995 Rhonda founded Child Welfare Insurance Services, an insurance operation created to help insurance brokers actively help children in their communities. She is also an influential supporter of the Child Welfare League of America. Join inspirational speaker Rhonda Sciortino now, and with your help, we can overcome child abuse.
Help kids…Here’s how
Child Abuse Reporting Hotlines:
If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected:
Please don’t turn your back and pretend it isn’t happening! Make an anonymous call if you aren’t comfortable giving your name, but please let someone trained in evaluating these issues make a determination. Your phone call could save a child’s life!
The most significant way to make a difference in a child’s life is to establish a relationship.
Kids accept advice and correction from people they believe care about them. If you have the time to invest in the healing of a child, consider becoming:
There are so many ways to help kids. There are one-time options, annual, monthly, weekly, or daily ways to get involved – and your involvement can make all the difference in a child’s life.
- Donate gift cards, clothes, books, or games to a children’s home near you
- Volunteer yearly to organize a birthday party or bake a birthday cake for a child who may never have had one
- Volunteer monthly to mentor a kid or help out at the children’s home
- Volunteer weekly to do a Bible study, pizza party, tutor or play with foster kids
Child welfare organizations need your help.
The costs of homeless services, entitlements, mental health services, health care, substance abuse treatment, juvenile detention and incarceration have been estimated at a staggering $24 billion annually. The intangible cost of lost productivity and criminal behavior is estimated at three times that amount!
Your support of your local child welfare organization can result in a measurable return on investment in the lives of the children helped, in your community, and in your sense of fulfillment that comes from touching the lives of hurting kids.
To find a child welfare organization in your area:
Different child welfare organizations will offer different volunteer opportunities depending on the kids served. Don’t be discouraged if the first one you contact isn’t right for you or says they have no way for you to help; it is possible the kids they serve aren’t ready. Please try the next one.
If you wish to check out a children’s home’s financial need before choosing which one to help, you can gather and evaluate information at www.guidestar.org.
Other Resources for Helping Children
Interested in learning how your church can reach out and help disadvantaged kids and/or their families in your area? Click here to contact SSF Faith Based Initiative.
For some of the best training for social workers, child care workers, and foster parents, check out Corky Kindsvater’s RELATIONSHIP IS EVERYTHING
For character building and work ethic training for youth, contact Molitor International
Helpful Articles Written by John DeGarmo, Ed.D (Click here)
If you want some advice on raising kids in foster care, read these helpful articles that include information on the following topics:
- Promoting healthy relationships with children in foster care
- Rules and expectations with your foster child
- Aging out of foster care
- Challenges that social networks pose for foster families
- Danger of online technology for kids in foster care
- How to handle grief and loss with foster children
- Helping foster children transition into a new home
- The value of respite care to give a foster family a temporary break
- The challenges foster children face while attending public school
Foster Children & Family Support
If you’re a foster youth or foster alumni in need of support or wishing to connect to others who understand, check out Foster Care Alumni of America
If you’re a foster parent in need of support, contact The National Foster Parent Association
You are not in this alone!