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 February, 2022 -May 2022
As Covid-19 is yet current in this year of 2022, discussions continues regarding the safety and education of our children. Below is a segment of President Biden’s plan in combining safety and student’s school attendance.
(see more in PDF at: https://www2.ed.gov/pubs/COVID%20Guidance_Handout_Final_508.pdf )
JANUARY 2022 : Staying In School In-Person
Implement Test to Stay and Provide Screening Testing
As part of President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan, the Administration called on all schools to set up regular testing in schools for students, teachers and staff. The Administration provided $10 billion in funding for COVID-19 screening testing, in addition to the $130 billion from the American Rescue Plan provided to states and school districts that also may be used for testing.
Test to Stay: We know that quarantining can significantly interrupt students’ learning and make it challenging for parents to work. If someone tests positive for COVID there is no longer a need to ask those in close contact to quarantine at home. Test to Stay (TTS) strategies allow exposed students to remain in school, wear masks and test repeatedly in the days following exposure to identify and contain the infection. The CDC studied TTS approaches and found that – when implemented along with other prevention strategies – TTS limited transmission of COVID-19 in school buildings, while also saving valuable in-person learning time for students.
The CDC found several key factors in successful TTS programs, including:
Frequent testing of close contacts after exposure – repeated at least twice during aseven-day period post-exposure;
Consistently wearing masks while in school while participating in TTS;
Robust contact tracing;
Staying home and isolating for anyone who tests positive or develops symptoms; and
Continued implementation of layered prevention strategies as described in the CDC K-12 guidance.
Screening Testing: Screening testing is a critical strategy to rapidly identify positive cases of COVID-19 in students and staff. The Department is partnering with the CDC and the Rockefeller Foundation to help districts accelerate school-based testing for students and staff. As part of this effort, the Rockefeller Foundation published a testing how-to start-up guide for schools and the CDC launched a directory and website to make it easy for schools to identify testing providers within their state. The directory points schools to the contracted provider(s) their state is working with, the state’s landing page for how to get started with provider(s) and a point of contact with clear contact information for schools and districts to reach out to if they have any questions. Strong school-based screening testing programs rely on robust participation from the school community to ensure that they can identify and remove infected individuals from the school before any COVID-19 infection can spread. The Department released a fact sheet on how funding from the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund can be used to provide incentives to parents or guardians whose children participate in school-based COVID-19 screening testing. The resource can be found on the Department’s website.
Get In Touch and Stay In Touch
For the sake of our children, get involved, be patient and stay connected.
Months of: February, 2022- May, 2022
In honor of black history, below are inspiring quotes.
Black excellence quotes
“I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that’s how I operate my life.” – Oprah Winfrey
“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.” – Michelle Obama
“I am America. I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.” – Muhammad Ali
“Have a vision of excellence, a dream of success, and work like hell.” – Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook
“The very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being.” – Toni Morrison
“Those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.” – James Baldwin
“To me, we are the most beautiful creatures in the whole world. Black people. And I mean that in every sense.” – Nina Simone
“We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent.” – Barack Obama
“The things that make us different, those are our super powers.” – Lena Waithe
“If you can be the best, then why not try to be the best?” – Garrett Morgan
“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” – Dr. Mae Jemison
“The soul that is within me no man can degrade.” – Frederick Douglass
“We will all, at some point, encounter hurdles to gaining access and entry, moving up and conquering self-doubt; but on the other side is the capacity to own opportunity and tell our own story.” – Stacey Abrams
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.