My kids are adults now (officially – both of them – wahoo!!), but I remember when they were young how nervous I was the first time they wanted to ride their bikes to the corner alone, or stay overnight at the house of a friend I didn’t know very well. I was always careful to protect them as much as possible, while still letting them have their freedom. We were very lucky to live in a safe neighborhood where most everyone knew each other. We were blessed to have food on the table every evening, and both of my children received a quality education.
Don’t all America’s children deserve to be safe? Don’t they all deserve to have healthy food to eat, a safe place to play and a quality education?
The sad truth is, we live in a country where:
- nearly 1 in 4 children lives in poverty*
- nearly 1 in 5 of our children are clinically obese (a body mass index of 30 or more)**
- Approximately 1 in 8 children in the US never graduates from high school***
- Over 3 million American children are reported as victims of abuse every year.****
In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., Save the Children, together with Children’s Health Fund, Every Child Matters, First Focus, Harlem Children’s Zone and Share Our Strength, has launched a petition urging the Obama Administration and Congress to establish a National Commission on Children. The partner organizations will send their signed call for action to the White House prior to the President’s State of the Union address on Feb. 12.
The first National Commission on Children was formed by President Reagan and Congress in 1987 and ultimately led to the enactment of the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit and the creation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, among other important initiatives. Twenty-five years later, it’s time for another Commission to develop bold, new ideas to tackle today’s challenges.
Save the Children, which has made child protection a top priority throughout its nearly 100-year history, recommends that the new Commission should be tasked with creating a national policy on children and setting goals for reducing childhood poverty, obesity, illiteracy, and violence.
What Can We Do?
Join with Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Catholic Charities USA , Child Care Aware® of America, Girls Inc., KaBOOM!, National Association of School Nurses and the YMCA of the USA, along with me and the other Mom Bloggers for Social Good, in signing this petition today.
Let’s keep America’s children safe!!
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