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.
Who doesn't love the Weiner Mobile?
|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.