More Than Our Future
Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
From the heart and voices of abused, neglected and exploited children, birthed More Than Our Future. This may sound a bit corny, but sometimes the truth sounds that way. Indeed, there are many children programs around in this country, yet, when it comes to children, it doesn’t seem to be enough. In addition to any support that More Than may have for such existing organizations, we aim to be an online go-to site for people to be aware of the plight of our children and to responsibly be a part of their solution.
More Than Our Future wants to be a vital part in awareness of the need for all of us to be an instrumental part in significantly lowering (best case eliminating) the rates of delinquent, neglected, abused, exploited and abandon children in this country. The deep needs in them are too good for our prisons and the early graves that lay open in wait for them. More than Our Future’s mission, through regular blogs, community and national involvement, is to keep the awareness of children in the foremost of our minds as we give our hearts, time and attention to the needs in this blessed country of the U.S.
More Than has a God-inclusive base, which opens its door to people of all good-will faith.
Our More Than blogs can range from, input from our staff to concern citizens. Some of our blogs are commentary and others may be from statistical sources. Either way, More Than is about OUR children.
The need for commitment back towards our children is not in the future, but it’s now.
What Can You Do?
What Can You Do?
Any contact with any of the listed agencies, organizations or individuals are the responsibility of those who contact them. Research of their background and accountability is left to those who make contact with them. Their listing is for informational purpose only and not an endorsement. The organization of this website will not be held liable for any adverse outcome.
In a continuing effort to help our children, visit our new website for Mentoring Professionals for Leadership. Go to: mentoringprofessionals.org
CHILD USA is the leading non-profit think tank working to end child abuse and neglect in the United States. CHILD USA engages in high-level legal, social science, and medical research and analysis to derive the best public policies to end child abuse and neglect. Unlike an organization engaged in the direct delivery of services, CHILD USA produces evidence-based solutions and information needed by policymakers, organizations, media, and society as a whole to increase child protection and the common good. CHILD USA’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect and to help kids stay kids. #SoKidsStayKids
WHAT CAN YOU DO ?
Save the Children USA
Every Child Deserves a Future.
For 100 years, we’ve been giving children in the U.S. and around the world a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We do whatever it takes to save children, transforming their lives and the future we share.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Foster Care Alumni of America
The vision of Foster Care Alumni of America is that all people in and from foster care are connected, empowered, and flourishing.
This vision for Foster Care Alumni of America was developed by alumni of foster care—adults who once were in foster care:
Our mission is to ensure a high quality of life for those in and from foster care through the collective voice of alumni. We intend to erase the differences in opportunities and outcomes that exist for people in and from foster care compared to those who have not experienced foster care.
We believe that opportunities to improve outcomes for alumni of foster care continue beyond age 18 (typical emancipation age) or even age 25 (typically considered the upper end of transition age) and that a significant way to improve the quality of life for alumni is to provide opportunities for us to connect with each other, reducing isolation and increasing the likelihood of permanent family and community.
We also believe that alumni of foster care possess an expertise about foster care that is not available anywhere else. Alumni bring the perspective of having lived in foster care and being part of the foster care culture—the shared experience that comes from being in foster care. We believe this perspective and expertise, and our presence and voice, are essential for influencing public will, creating the best public policy, and continually improving foster care practice.
What Children Learn
Saving Our Children
History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.
- Nelson Mandela
Children Are Our Future is more than a song. It is a reality as each generation repopulates the earth. With awareness of this reality, each generation must prepare and guide their children for such an existence. From the first day they come into this world until they reach the age of independence, they need the love, guidance and support of responsible adults. Are adults prepared for such a task? Are today's children prepared for their next step? These are the concerns and questions that must be answered and remedied.
We are faced with risk factors involving young children and youth that includes a continued need of our attention and action. We can’t just drop the ball and move on to other matters while we yet have children who are troubled, delinquent, abused and/or neglected.
More than Our Future wants to be a vital part in awareness of the need for all capable responsible adults to be an instrumental part in significantly lowering (best case eliminating) the rates of delinquent, neglected, abused, exploited and abandon children in this country.
Lowering this rate can be done by means of community support, as well as, safe and responsible individuals as they educate themselves on the needs, care and safety of children. As a result, they can become enablers for successful children and family outcomes.
This site will provide information and updates involving the needs, problems and, of course, progress of our children. We will post information on a weekly and monthly basis. We encourage our readers to view our site regularly for education, awareness and action as it relates to OUR children.
The need for commitment back towards our children should not just be in the future, but now.
The Power of Knowledge
What's to Know?
Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
CHILDREN AND RESPONSIBLE ADULTS
Usually when we think of children, we may think of babies or young people who are unable to fully take care of themselves. They are people who are new or still fairly new to the world around them; and supposed to be under the direction and training of more mature, advanced aged, responsible others who will look out for their well-being. it is the parent’s responsibility to raise children safe, secure as they prepare them for independence. Unfortunately, such well-rounded
definition is not always the case.
Children are our future is more than a song. It is a reality of life that repopulate our existence. Yet they are more than our future, they are fellow human-beings, citizens and foremost, our responsibility as adults. They deserve to be treated with love and decency as responsible adults protect them from those who may exploit, neglect or abuse their trust and need for them. This love and decency are not for the future, but right now.
We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. -Stacia Tauscher
The problems our blessed country of the U.S. face with risk factors involving young children and youth, continues to be in need of our attention, observation, evaluation and answers. We can’t just drop the ball and move on to other matters while we yet have children who are troubled, delinquent, abused and/or neglected. It’s one thing to not want to sit next to a mother with a crying baby; be annoyed at “bratty” kids in the supermarket or not want teens in your neighborhood, but to dismiss all children because of these behavior has and will continue to negatively affect us as a country.
Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
The everyday cry of children is a continuous dripping tear into the hands of adults. Whether you gave birth to a child or not, there are yet too many of our children in this country who are in continued need of responsible adults. Establishing various children-helping programs throughout the country is good, but its not enough. Our children can use responsible individuals who may be people in or outside of their community who could legally and responsibly be a support and role model for them.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.
May- June, 2021 Guest Corner Children and Family: What You Should Know
From Pediatric Perspective
Advocating for Children During the COVID-19
Abbey R. Masonbrink, MD, MPH, Emily Hurley, PhD, MPH
Nationwide closures of elementary and secondary schools due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have severed nearly 60 million students from critical educational and health resources. As the impact of COVID-19 unfolds, pandemic-related trauma and economic instability will disproportionately impact children in poverty, who most heavily rely on school-based services for nutritional, physical, and mental health needs. Yet amid months of public health and political discourse and the passage of 4 federal relief bills, including the historically unmatched $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, measures to mitigate risk for educational and health disparities among children have been woefully lacking. Beyond provision of clinical and infection control guidance, the pediatric community must advocate for stronger action to ensure the educational, nutritional, physical, and mental health needs of children are met during periods of school closures and addressed during plans for reopening (Table 1).
Action is needed to offset the risk for educational losses among all children as well as exacerbated educational disparities among children in poverty. Unforeseen extended school closures can lead to lower test scores, lower educational attainment, and decreased earning potential.1 During closures, students need reliable access to technology, a stable learning environment, and parents with the necessary time and skills to support for remote learning. Although remote learning presents a challenge for all families, those in poverty are at greater disadvantage and thus at increased risk for widening educational disparities. One in 7 children lacks home Internet access, with a twofold higher rate among low-income communities.2 Parents in poverty are facing their own pandemic-related stressors (eg, unemployment, at-risk jobs) and may lack the time or resources to support remote learning. However, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act provided merely $30 billion for education emergency relief, a fraction of the $500 billion requested by national education organizations, with less than half dedicated to elementary and secondary schools. No funds are specifically allocated for remote learning capacity building, universal technology access, or planning to address educational gaps after reopening. Furthermore, the effectiveness of proposed mitigation strategies for reopening (eg, classroom modifications, in-person classes for certain groups, staggered scheduling) is still widely uncertain. Additional research is critically needed to guide safe reopening while ensuring health and educational equity for vulnerable children. To offset the risk for widening disparities, we must prioritize research to plan for safe and equitable school reopening and mobilize resources for capacity building to support the continued need for universal remote public education.
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Month of: May-June, 2021
10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
Covid19- Prayer of Protection
1. He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
3. Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.
4. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6. nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
8. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
9. If you make the Most High your dwelling-- even the LORD, who is my refuge--
10. then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.
11. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
12. they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14. "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
16. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."
Prayer: Father God, with these words, we look to you as our source of safety and deliverance. God bless and help America and all other countries that are in need of your divine intervention. We believe in you as the source of our continued life. We trust in you that control of life will not be in the power of others. Thank you already for deliverance from fear and an outcome of victory.