Hello, I'm Jennifer and I hope you and your loved ones are doing well this holiday season. Unfortunately, many children won't be having a happy and safe holiday because they are suffering from maltreatment and neglect. As a Mom of a beautiful 13 year old child, I want to make a personal request that I hope you will seriously consider.
Out of the nearly 5 million child abuse cases reported to local health departments in the U.S. every year, only about 1/2 of those children receive post-response services. Examples of post-response services include medical treatment, emergency foster care, crisis counseling, and educational support. Unfortunately, the reason so many abused children do not receive services essential to their health and well-being is the severe lack of funding for state and local child abuse agencies.
Every day, an estimated five to 10 children die from physical abuse and neglect. The majority of these children are under three years old living in a one-parent household. In addition, it's likely these numbers are higher. Experts think that at least half of all deaths due to child abuse are not accurately recorded on the child's death certificate.
The epidemic of child abuse in the U.S. encompasses all educational, religious, cultural, and socioeconomic demographics. The reasons why parents or guardians abuse their children are complex and varied, ranging from poverty and mental illness to authoritarian parenting styles. Studies have also clearly shown that the majority of parents who abuse their children likely suffered physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse themselves at the hands of their parents.
Preventing child abuse starts with having enough social workers, doctors and psychologists working to provide necessary treatment and assistance for abused children and their parents. Although abused children are often put into foster care, the goal of addressing each child abuse case is to get the parents the help they need, to have their children returned, and to start the healing process together as a family.
November 19, 2021, is Child Abuse Prevention Day, and this year, we are asking everyone to consider donating to our GoFundMe page to help us with our journey in stopping Child Abuse. Whether it's a $1, $5, $10, or more, every penny goes towards saving a child's life and making that child's future as hopeful and bright as possible. You can make a difference right now by donating to our GoFundMe campaign to help prevent child abuse.
I currently work on developing technological solutions intended to prevent child abuse and identify possible child abuse cases. I am proud to work for: i-Guardian - a nonprofit group dedicated to child safety and prevention. I am thankful they have given me the chance to create the kind of technology that could save thousands of innocent children from being neglected and abused. But, as with all nonprofit organizations, our ability to exceed our goals depends on giving people like you to contribute to our mission.
By contributing today, you'll have the opportunity to help abused children escape the hopelessness and pain they endure. By donating or sharing the link , it would be extremely helpful to our charity, as all of our successes so far have been due to the kindness and generosity of our many donors.
Thank you so much for finding it in your heart to help stop child abuse. Your contributions and our solution helps families around the world who struggle with child abuse.
- Donald Newton
- Amervis Lopez Cobb
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