Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Roofsit For Child Abuse Prevention

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Roofsit For Child Abuse Prevention

Every year our local radio station DJ’s live on top of one of our supermarket roofs for an entire week, hoping to raise awareness and funds for the prevention of child abuse. Child Protective Services sometimes get a bad wrap as “baby snatchers” or people think they are out to ruin families lives. I do not believe this, just as I do not believe that every parent who has their children removed from child protective services are bad parents.

I have been involved with CPS, directly for a year, and indirectly for the past 2 1/2 years. My sister is a drug addict. Because of her addictions, she is not able to properly care for her daughter, and thankfully, CPS stepped in and removed her child because of neglect. I raised her daughter for 1 year, and in that time I got to see how the money raised helps to get families back on their feet, and provides them with the right tools and resources needed to lived stable lives, not only for themselves, but for their children as well. My sister was offered free drug rehab (something she never could have afforded on her own), as well as after care classes. The money also helped to pay for supervised visits in my home, individual counseling for her daughter, as well as family counseling sessions, and drug tests to ensure she was sober and not a danger to her child at the visits.

I firmly believe these programs work for those who really want to put the effort forth and change their life. Unfortunately, my sister is not one of those people, and shortly after her daughter returned home, she returned to using. Her daughter is now in the care of my mother, and has been for the past 2 years. My mom is now in the process of adopting her, and the monies raised also help with some of the expenses my mother is out for the adoption, which is great, since my mom is a single grandma already raising another grandchild. Expenses really add up and can be a hardship on her.

If you ever wonder if your donation makes a difference, I say yes it does! If your local area has similar fund raising for the awareness and prevention of child abuse, I highly encourage you to donate!
I’d like to share some of our photos from yesterdays KIDS DAY fundraiser. The girls get such a kick out of going every year, and many great companies help sponsor the food and activities, making it such fun for all the kids.

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Who doesn't love the Weiner Mobile?

  Body Art
 
Fun Games
                                                


Local companies put on performances. This is my best friends daughter's dance troop braving the 95 degree heat.


And I just have to share last years face painting. The face painting girls did a phenomenal job, but the wait was over 2 hours! I think that's why they just stuck with arm drawings and small check pictures this year lol. 

12 comments:

  1. I hope your sister can finally overcome the drug demon and you are right, not all of them are bad parents. I am glad that at least your sister's daughter is with your mom, that she is with her own family because sometimes unfortunate children end up in foster care who are completely strangers.

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    1. I am thankful every day that my niece was blessed with family members who are willing to take care of her while her mother works on cleanig up her life.

      I am also in awe of foster parents who take in children who are not so lucky. It is no easy job raising a child, especially one that isn't your own, so those folk have my utmost admiration!

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  2. What an awesome post! I'm so glad you wrote this. So many ppl think negatively of CPS and you're right, they're just trying to help! Not all parents are bad, and CPS really would rather see kids back with their parents in their own home if possible. It's not always possible, but at least they try to provide the help that is needed and resources when things don't turn out as such. You're so awesome for raising your niece for a year and how awesome is your mom for wanting to adopt her??!! And being a single Grandma already raising another grandchild! Wow, she's an inspiration :) I hope someday your sister will change her bad habits, but if not, it's great to know her daughter is in good hands :)

    p.s. you are seriously way too young looking to have 2 kids, let alone a 13 year old! LOL. You could really pass for their sister!! :)

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    1. Yes, reunification is always the goal of CPS. My sister has had more chances than I think she should have to set things right, but still more chances are always handed out to her because they want nothing more than the parent to raise their child. So I get angry when people start bashing them calling them kidnappers and such. I am very thankful we have them to look out for our children!

      I think I get judged a lot by my 13 year olds friend's parents because I don't look like I'm old enough to be her mom. When I introduce myself, there is always a quick expression of shock and horror, quickly covered by big smiles. I always catch it, but find it quite amusing when it happens lol.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this story. Being a family member of someone who is addicted to a substance is never easy. Kudos to you for stepping up and helping your niece! Kids somehow always end up with the short end of the stick, but family members like you (and your mom) are wonderful for coming to the rescue. As an elementary school teacher, an occasional case comes along where I get to interract with CPS. Some don't turn out as well as your story. It's so sad to say the least, and it really effects their performance in school. I pray that your niece is a resilient little one! I'm sure she is with such a supportive family around her. Our community hasn't had any fundraising yet, but if/when they do, you've definitely inspired me to donate!

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    1. I appreciate teachers like you who look out for our children and are able to report suspected abuse!

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  4. Oh Theresa what a story! And I believe the program does help, and your story of your personal experience certainly proves that.

    Hope all turns out well :)

    Paula

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    1. Thank you for your well wishes Paula! It's certainly been a long run, and the battle isn't over just yet. I am also hoping all turns out for the best :)

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  5. Looks like a fun day for a great cause. You sure have seen a lot with your niece. It's good to know that money raised is going where it needs to go.

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  6. Hi! I found your blog on your blog hop. So great of you have that fundraiser and so good for your kids to learn about giving back!
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  7. thank you for your example of helping others.

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  8. You really went to bat for them, and rightfully so. How wonderful that they help. I'm really sorry to hear about your sister. How wonderful that your niece has an auntie and a gram who love her and took her in. I hope your niece has found peace in her home with her grandma.

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Thanks for your comments! I appreciate every one of them :)

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