People of faith are called by that faith
to speak for all children.
April 15, 2010
ICM GENERAL MEETING
April 20, 2010
United Methodist Church
1200 Ponce de Leon Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30306
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) Georgia: According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in 2008, an estimated 772,000 children in the U.S. were determined to be victims of abuse or neglect. In recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, DePriest Waddy, CEO of Prevent Child Abuse Georgia (PCA), will present a special program for faith communities to get involved in stopping the cycle of child abuse. Please make plans to attend this meeting and receive the guidance and resources that PCA is offering.
Celebration of Excellence: This is the 18th year that Georgia's foster care children who are graduating from high school, college, technical school or receiving a GED will be recognized and celebrated. Come out and hear from ICM and others who have been involved in this phenomenal tribute to perseverance and hope. Then, get involved.
ICM Welcome & Celebration: We are coming together for all children on May 13. We welcome new and old friends and celebrate you. We welcome all children and celebrate them. We welcome your commitment to ensuring the well-being of Georgia's children and celebrate the work that we do together. Learn more at Tuesday's general meeting.
Legislative Update: This legislative session has been a challenging one. Come out and let's talk next steps.
***Light refreshments are always served.***
JUVENILE JUSTICE MATTERS
Senate to Vote on HB 1085 - Fostering Connections
HB 1085 supports the efforts found in SB 292 - Child Protection and Public Safety Act
HB 1085 (Fostering Connections) has been scheduled for a vote by the full Senate, Monday, April 19, 2010. This is the final step needed to pass this legislation. Please contact your state senator and ask him/her to vote FOR HB 1085.
This bill is designed to bring Georgia into compliance with the federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. Compliance with this federal legislation is tied to approximately $80 million in federal Title IV-E funding annually.
Click here for an overview of HB 1085.
To find your Senator, go to: http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/FindLegislator.htm.
Forgotten Children Program - Georgia's Foster Care Children
The "Forgotten Children" Program, featuring Judge Glenda Hatchett, Mark Washington of the Georgia Department of Human Services, and a former foster youth, will be held Friday, April 16, 2010, from 12:00 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. in Woodruff Park (located on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta).
This program is being held in conjunction with the National CASA Conference. Five hundred life-size cut-outs of foster children will be on display to represent the average number of children who entered Georgia's foster care system each month during the state's 2009 fiscal year).
SPIRITUAL WITNESS FOR CHILDREN
One of the most important things faith communities can do for children is to pray for them.
Every child is a child of God and deserves justice and compassion. Every child deserves our prayers.
ICM encourages every faith community to become a spiritual witness for children. Hold a worship service in your church, synagogue, mosque or temple and invite others to join in praying for the well-being of all children.
ICM Mission and Goals
The Interfaith Children's Movement was formed in 2001 as an intentional association of individuals and communities of faith from all religious traditions.
The Interfaith Children's Movement strives to be a voice for all Georgia children, but especially the poor and marginalized whose voices are often unheard.
ICM works closely with Georgia's policy-oriented child advocacy organizations, such as:
Voices for Georgia's Children,
The Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic at Emory University,
Prevent Child Abuse Georgia and
A Future.Not a Past. (child prostitution prevention).
These organizations set the agenda for our advocacy work for children.
ICM's faith community members provide a megaphone to the legislature about what needs to be done for children.
ICM CALLS UPON FAITH COMMUNITIES TO SUPPORT THE "CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE"
The "Celebration of Excellence" is an annual statewide event that honors and recognizes youth in Georgia's foster care system who will graduate from high school, vocational school, GED programs or college. This year's event will celebrate some 400 foster care youth and will be held Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. at Georgia State University's Rialto Center for the Arts in downtown Atlanta.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
ICM is calling upon faith communities to help us support this joyous occasion by participating in the following ways:
1. Start a $1 per member scholarship campaign at your faith community to help give scholarships to graduating foster care children who will be attending college or technical / vocational school. Less than three percent of foster care children go to college after graduating high school. (The scholarships will be given to the post-secondary institution on behalf of the student.)
2. Donate gift cards in increments of $25 to help students with purchasing supplies they will need for school, work and home. Please remember that children who turn 18 while in foster care are said to have "aged out" and transition into independent living status. Our goal is to give each of the 400 children a gift card.
3. Join the COE Volunteers Team and commit to assisting at the event on June 9.
4. Come to the celebration and give love and support to these well-deserving youth. It is free and open to the public.
Let us help make June 9, 2010, an especially positive and memorable day. Please contact Pamela Perkins at 770-498-2141 or send an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org sign up as a volunteer and to find out more information about the $1 per member scholarship campaign and donating gift cards.
STREET GRACE HOSTS SPECIAL SHOWINGS OF "PLAYGROUND"
Street GRACE has put together two special showings of the movie, "PLAYGROUND," both on May 2, 2010 (5:00 PM and 7:30 PM).
Directed by Libby Spears, executive produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Steven Soderbergh, and punctuated with poignant animation by Japanese pop artist Yoshitomo Nara, "PLAYGROUND" gives viewers an alarming look into the insidious world of child sex trafficking in America, specifically in Atlanta.
This event is being underwritten by partners of Street GRACE. Tickets are required and seating is limited. To secure your tickets, please visit www.StreetGRACE.org. Questions? Call (678) 990-9513 or email Playground@StreetGRACE.org.
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