Children's Coalition of Indiana is excited to announce that Indiana Department of Child Services Director Mary Beth Bonaventura will be the guest speaker at this year's annual meeting. CCI will hold its annual meeting on Monday, June 10th from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the United Way building, 3901 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis.
Several bills have been introduced in the 2013 session of the General Assembly that are being closely followed by the members of the Childrens Coalition of Indiana. Check back frequently throughout the session for more information and download CCI's 2013 Legislative Priorities.
~6News series by Joanna Massey regarding DCS budget cuts
~Bill Glick, CCI Board President
~Dan Carpenter, Indianapolis Star
~6News Report by Kara Kinney featuring interview with David Sklar, CCI Board Member and Public Policy Committee Co-Chair
Too Many Children Die in America as a Result of Abuse and Neglect. We Can Do Better.
In late October 2009, Every Child Matters released a report “We Can Do Better: Child Abuse and Neglect Deaths in America” during a public rally on the lawn of our nation’s capitol. According to the report, nearly five children die in America every day from abuse or neglect. In fact, federal data show that 10,440 children in the U.S. died from abuse and neglect between 2001 and 2007, but experts say the real number may be as many as 5,000 higher. A weak economy and resulting state budget cuts are putting even more children at risk, as evidenced by the multitude of newspaper stories from across America that link an increase in child abuse to the worsening recession.
The Children Defense Fund’s Protect Children, Not Guns 2010 (released August 20, 2010) is a compilation of the most recent and reliable national and state data on gun violence in America. This report provides the latest statistics on firearm deaths by race, age and manner; highlights state gun violence trends and efforts to prevent child access to guns; dispels common myths about guns; and explains the significance of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on gun ownership.
With over 280 million guns in civilian hands, the terrible truth is that there is no place to hide from gun violence. Children and teens are not safe from gun violence at school, at home, or anywhere else in America. According to this report, 3,042 children and teens died from gunfire in America in 2007—one child or teen every three hours, eight every day, 58 every week. Almost six times as many children and teens—17,523—suffered non-fatal gun injuries and the often lifelong emotional aftermath that follows. Gun violence, especially in poor communities, drives thousands of vulnerable young people into the pipeline to prison. This report encourages America to help dismantle the pipeline to prison by standing up and taking action to help protect children from the fatal effects of gun violence.