Editor:

The tragic death of two innocent baby boys prompts this letter. On Jan. 4, we will be launching the Sanctuary Movement for Children at Spirit of Joy United Methodist Church. This is a movement to make our children safe from abuse in our churches, schools, homes and everywhere. Two important parts of the movement is a commitment to report suspected abuse, and a commitment to educate ourselves on child abuse and child welfare issues. Posting of the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline and your commitment in your home, school, or church makes a visible reminder and spreads information on the hotline.

I made a report of abuse and neglect on my own granddaughter, and DCS removed her children. We are the stewards of our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and also of the child next door. You can educate yourself on the signs of abuse at Childhelp’s website at Childhelp.org. If you are not sure if you should make a report, you can talk to a Master’s Level Social Worker or counselor on the hotline by calling 1-800-4-A-Child and discuss what your concerns are and who to make a report to, and what to include in the report. If you are a parent struggling to take care of a crying child, you can call and get advice and support.

On April 24, Imagine Elementary will be hosting an event and become the first school that will be a Sanctuary Movement for Children School. If you are interested in participating and supporting this movement, or would like further information please e-mail me or call me, heidijean1958@yahoo.com or 480-336-0279. We need to do better by our children.

Heidi Miller

Executive Director

Sanctuary Movement for Children

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