Children need love, care, and safety; they need families

The Greatest terror a child can have is that he is not loved, and rejection is the hell of fears...... And, with rejection comes anger, and with anger some kind of crime in revenge for the rejection, and with crime, guilt - and there is the story of humankind. John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Friday, January 29, 2010

Help Virginia's Chidlren - Ready to get involved in politics? It is easier than you think!

I admit I am not too knowledgeable about the workings of government and in the past have not written to my congress women and men all that often.  (I'm reforming and working to alter this... smile).

Can you relate?

Do you wish you could get involved and help make some changes?


Let me help you... it is really easy.  How about one quick email to a Senator?  I'll give you all the information and you just have to click, write, and send it off.  Two minutes that is all it takes!

First let me tell you about a bill that has been introduced... a horrible bill initiated by Senator Marsden.

Basically it goes like this:

"Child welfare; placement of children. Provides that the Department of Social Services shall consider residential placement of children when reunification with the family is not in the best interests of the child."

Now, for anyone who is familiar with Virginia and the Transformation that has occurred over the last two years, you will know that this is a truly horrible idea.

We need children to be in families.  We cannot even consider residential placements as a home  for children.  Residential Centers do not replace a family.   We can't go back to the day when an institution was considered a family.  It is unconscionable for a civilized Country to even consider this as an option.

Residential Treatment Facilities are to be used on a very, VERY limited bases as a means to treat children so they can return to a family.  Any residential or congregate placement should be a last resort when every other possible option has been exhausted and then a temporary placement to prepare the child for a home.  We in Virginia must be committed to keeping children in the least restrictive environment as possible.  This is non-negotiable in my mind.

So... here is how you can help:

1.  Click on this link:  Stop this horrible Bill
2. Scroll down a bit and write an email in the little box.

Simple as that.

Spread the word!

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