People of faith are called by that faith
to speak for all children.
July 15, 2010
NO ICM GENERAL MEETING, THURSDAY, JULY 15
There will be no general meeting, Thursday, July 15. The next scheduled ICM general meeting is August 31, 2010, at 6:30 p.m.
JUVENILE JUSTICE MATTERS:
NEXT HEARING ON SB 292 - CHILD PROTECTION AND PUBLIC SAFETY ACT (ARTICLE 6 - CHINS)
The next hearing on SB 292 - The Child Protection and Public Safety Act will take place August 9, 2010, in Room 450 of the Georgia State Capitol from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Juvenile Code Rewrite Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee will convene to hear testimony on Article 6 - Children in Need of Services (CHINS). CHINS is a new article and a 21st century approach to prevention, intervention and rehabilitation in this rewrite of Georgia's juvenile code.
"The proposed Children In Need of Services (CHINS) article of Senate Bill 292 - The Child Protection and Public Safety Act will provide more immediate support services and intervention to at-risk children and their families, without formal court involvement. By doing so, these children can be treated in a non-punitive, non-criminalizing way. The purpose is to recognize that a child may not always be responsible for problematic behaviors. By providing appropriate service-focused interventions, a child is more likely to be deterred from future delinquency and involvement in the juvenile and criminal justice systems," reported Julia Neighbors, project manager for JUSTGeorgia."
A concerted focus on prevention and intervention is long overdue. As a member of the JUSTGeorgia coalition, ICM sees the measures included in the CHINS article as necessary and logical steps to building stronger families and reducing the overwhelming number of Georgia's children entering the juvenile justice system.
CHINS makes children less vulnerable to opportunities of being preyed upon by those who would steer them into criminal. For example, it is reported that truancy is a leading indicator of educational failure and a predictor of early entry into the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems. With CHINS, intervention would occur at this critical juncture in a child's life with restorative services for both the child and the child's family.
Therefore, if you support improving the well-being of children so that they can thrive and fulfill their potential, then you should join ICM in giving support to JUSTGeorgia, to The Child Protection and Public Safety Act and in attending the next hearing on SB 292 on August 9.
JOIN US AT COBB FAITH PARTNERSHIP MEETING
ICM will present at the Cobb Faith Partnership meeting, Wednesday, July 28. The meeting will begin at 11:45 a.m. and will be held at Turner Chapel AME Church, 492 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060. Please join us as we continue our work for children across Georgia.
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.
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