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.
Children and Family: What You Should Know December, 2021-February, 2022
How we’re failing children of color during COVID-19
Barbara Robles-Ramamurthy, MD February 23, 2021
Black and Latinx children have witnessed more illness and death during the pandemic than other kids. A child psychiatrist describes how to protect their mental health, boost their resilience, and promote health equity.
Editor's note: The opinions expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the AAMC or its members.
As a child psychiatrist in an urban clinic and a juvenile detention center in San Antonio, I often witness the devastating mental health challenges faced by children of color.
These children must cope with multiple layers of obstacles rooted in racism and poverty, including discrimination, under-resourced schools, and community violence. The COVID-19 pandemic has only thickened these layers.
Black and Latinx children have seen more COVID-19-related infection and death in their communities than White children have. Their families have suffered disproportionate economic setbacks as well, with Hispanic women and immigrants among the groups most affected by job loss during the pandemic, according to the Pew Research Center. Young people in these hard-hit families are at risk for food insecurity, unstable housing, and even the effects of domestic violence, which rises during tough financial times.
The stress on the adults in these communities may also make it harder for them to be available for their children, and they may be less likely to have access to healthy stress management approaches. A national survey found that Black and Latino/Hispanic adults reported higher rates of negative mental health consequences from the pandemic — including suicidal thoughts — than did White people.
All this affects children’s mental health. And it shows.
I see this among the patients I treat in the juvenile detention center, for example, where most are children of color. (Black and Latinx young people are more likely to be held in juvenile facilities.) Delayed court hearings and fewer opportunities to connect with their families can cause these youths significant anxiety, and the fear that infected relatives could die while they are in detention can result in unthinkable distress.
Black and Latinx children require a strong response from all of us, clearly demonstrating that they matter, that they belong and are valued, and that their safety and human rights are protected in this country. What’s more, recent worries about race-based police violence and heightened awareness of racial injustice only increase the stress on children in communities of color. After the police killing of George Floyd, a 13-year-old girl I treated told me she was worried that her brother “could be next.”
The fallout of stresses on children of color terrifies me at times. For example, the suicide rate for Black children ages 5 to 12 is nearly twice as high as among White children in that age group. And some experts expect such numbers have worsened during the pandemic. But even more concerning to me are the invisible, long-term effects that reduced learning and social development from school closures and family stress can have on children’s psychological development. And though I know how resilient communities of color are, it is unjust for us to stand by idly when we know how severely racism affects the health care Black and Latinx families receive. Black and Latinx children require a strong response from all of us, clearly demonstrating that they matter, that they belong and are valued, and that their safety and human rights are protected in this country.
Toward a better future
So much needs to happen to protect the mental health of children of color. Here are just some of the many ways forward.
Build trust. Children and families of color may be hesitant to get mental health treatment, partly because of biases they see in the health care system. It is up to us to regain their trust.
To read the full article go to: https://www.aamc.org/news-insights/how-we-re-failing-children-color-during-covid-19
Get In Touch and Stay In Touch
For the sake of our children, get involved, be patient and stay connected.
Months of: December, 2021- February, 2022
Part I: Devotion December 5, 2021 and as needed
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an
end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.
Part II: Motivational and Inspirational Quotes from the Public Domain
Week of 12th: If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. ~ John Quincy Adams, American former president from 1825 to 1829
Week of 19: Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and statesman, 1749- 1832
Week of 26th: For success, attitude is equally as important as ability. ~ Walter Scott, Scottish novelist and poet, 1771-1832
Week of 2nd: Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. ~ Plato, Ancient Greek philosopher 2017 Presentations
Week of 9th: The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll, American political leader, 1833-1899
Week of 16th: A great man does not seek applause or place; he seeks for truth; he seeks the road to happiness, and what he ascertains, he gives to others. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll, American political leader, 1833-1899
Week of 23rd: The great aim of education is not knowledge but action. ~ Herbert Spencer, English philosopher, 1820-1903
Week of 30th: It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. ~ Aristotle, Ancient Greek philosopher
Week of 6th: A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it. ~ Jean de La Fontaine, French poet, 1621-1695
Week of 13th: True happiness is... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman philosopher
Week of 20th: Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community. ~ Andrew Carnegie, Scottish businessman, 1835-1919 As
Week of 27th: I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do. ~ Andrew Carnegie, Scottish businessman, 1835-1919
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.