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We need more support for those who speak out about rape and assault, and we must believe in what the victims tell us. Regardless of their gender, income, background or anything else, we must demand that investigations take place and we must punish those who engage in this behavior. The Catholic Church is a good example of a group that is beginning to take responsibility for the rape and assault of our children. Finally this criminal behavior is being made read more…

Posted: October 18, 2018 in: Child Health Care, Criminal Justice Reform

Promise the Children recently wrote about the decrease in public school funding—and the simultaneous increase in the number of students—that makes teaching so challenging today. Fortunately there are many charities that have dedicated themselves to helping with homework and strengthening the literacy skills of our nation’s children, like the Boys & Girls Clubs, Girls Inc., The YMCA, The YWCA and many others. One of our favorite partners focused on literacy is The REAL Program, a charity that works closely with Brickett Elementary read more…

Why is the right to life trumped by the right to bear arms? Those believing in life should consider joining the following organizations. Their 501(c)(4) designations allow them to lobby for stronger control on ammunition and guns. Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence: Today former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords is working to change our culture of accepting gun violence. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence: The Brady Campaign focuses on strengthening gun control laws and finding sensible solutions to end gun violence. Coalition to Stop read more…

Posted: September 18, 2018 in: Action Alerts, Curb Gun Violence

Promise the Children is partnering with The Real Program of Lynn to help enable their free children’s literacy program to thrive and flourish! If you’re interested in supporting these efforts, please consider donating to The REAL Program via the Promise the Children website or by purchasing raffle tickets—where you’ll also be given a chance to win prizes! Join Promise the Children in supporting The REAL Program!  Donate Online: Promise the Children PayPal Donation Purchase Raffle Tickets: If you’re interested in purchasing raffle tickets, email rkr@promisethechildrenuu.org and let us read more…

Posted: September 10, 2018 in: Action Alerts, Child Literacy

Children are back in school, and many parents are scared. (Note: This article is about the variation in funding for public schools; our next article will discuss the fear of gun violence.) Parents are afraid for their children who attend poorly maintained schools and learn in underfunded classrooms. Oftentimes there are leaks from ceilings and windows, overcrowding in rooms and hallways, severely limited school supplies and a whole host of additional challenges. Many public school children are not getting the read more…

Kathy Lique and Becky Richardson invite you to drink a toast, eat a bit, and join with friends to celebrate the launch of a partnership between: Promise the Children and The REAL Program When: Friday, July 27th 2018 Where: 58 Winter Street, Nahant, MA, 01908 Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m. RSVP: Please RSVP as soon as possible to kmaod@verizon.net or call (978) 922- 6874. Space is limited. Childcare will be provided! The REAL Program and Promise the Children are non-profits that need donations read more…

Posted: July 16, 2018 in: Uncategorized

Prison reform is a frequent subject of discussion in our newsletters, and with good reason. Incarceration for minor crimes, such as drug possession, can break apart families and leave children without parents. Another added problem is that minorities such as African Americans and Latinos are incarcerated at a higher rate than white people. Reforming America’s prison system can create major positive changes for inmates who have committed nonviolent crimes. America can draw inspiration from foreign countries’ prison systems, particularly Scandinavian read more…

Posted: July 2, 2018 in: Child Poverty, Criminal Justice Reform

With summer just around the corner, many children happily anticipate the end of the school year. However, the end of the school year can cause serious problems for lower income children. Schools often provide free or reduced cost breakfast and lunch to children in need. Without schools providing essential meals, children are at risk of going hungry. Despite the three-month break from school, children can still receive meals through programs hosted by organizations and local outreach programs. The YMCA has read more…

On a day to day basis, the trauma of parental separation with and without additional adversity, takes many forms.  In the urban elementary school in which I work, it is the kindergarten boy who becomes unable to physically manage his body when his teacher mentions that the class will be making Mother’s Day cards. When the rest of his classmates begin to work on their cards, this boy throws himself on the rug and begins to roll around and growl. His read more…

Posted: June 6, 2018 in: Child Health Care, Immigration

Two major crises in the United States—new immigration policies and the opioid epidemic—are causing children to suffer incredible hardship as they are forcibly separated from, or tragically lose, a parent at alarming rates. Families Separated by the Trump Administration Since the enactment of the Trump Administration’s Zero Tolerance Policy for illegal border crossings, the number of immigrant children separated from their parents and placed in U.S. Government custody increased by an alarming 21% in a little over a month. At read more…

Posted: June 6, 2018 in: Action Alerts, Immigration


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