March 10, 2016
ICM General Meeting - Tues., March 15, 6:30 p.m.
Join us at ICM' general meeting, Tuesday, March 15, 6:30 p.m., for "The Final Countdown" of the legislative session and to kick off April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Location:  Druid Hills United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 1200 Ponce de Leon Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA 30306.

As you know, there are 40 legislative days on the calendar, and Tuesday, March 15, will end the 37th day.  That will leave us three days of this session to advocate on behalf of Georgia's children.

Come out and learn where there is traction in education, human trafficking, juvenile justice, child welfare, etc., and what more we need to do.

We need you to make passing the constitutional amendment SR 7 - Safe Harbor Fund for Sexually Exploited Children a priority in your advocacy for Georgia's children.  Join us at the general meeting and learn more about your critical role in this groundbreaking effort to provide services to child victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking.
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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month!  Come to the general meeting Tuesday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m., and learn how you can help raise awareness throughout the interfaith community and across the state of the needs of children who have been abused and/or neglected.  Learn how our faith communities can be a great part of the solution in preventing child abuse and healing broken families.

Please RSVP here for the general meeting and let us know that you are coming.  As always, all are welcome and light refreshments are served!

ALSO...

Please make plans to attend a screening of the Signature Hour of "The Raising of America," April 12, 7 p.m., at Georgia State University's, Cinefest, 66 Courtland Street, SE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
The Raising of America is a powerful five-part documentary series that explores the importance of early childhood education and the future of America.

This event is part of the #GaEarlyEd100 Challenge, a local campaign, made possible through the Georgia Early Education Alliance for School Ready Students (GEEARS) and the Blank Foundation, aimed at starting a conversation about what it means to make Georgia a better place for children and families.
HB 1100 - Raise the Age:  A Big Step Forward in Juvenile Justice 
Bravo! Representative Mary Margaret Oliver Takes a Bold Step in the Right Direction on Raise the Age

House Bill 1100, introduced by Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver this session, seeks to change the jurisdiction of the juvenile court to include children who are under the age of 18 years.  What does this mean?  It means that the state of Georgia would join more than 40 other states in recognizing that children do not become adults by merely turning 17 years old.  

Currently, Georgia automatically treats a child who is 17 and commits a delinquent act as an adult.  In contrast, HB 1100 builds on Georgia's success in updating the juvenile code and further aligns the state with best practices around the country.  

Why is "Raise the Age" necessary?  As a state, we need to understand that:
  • Allowing 17-year-old offenders to be dealt with in the juvenile system is a logical next step to support reforms already universally supported by Georgia's lawmakers.
  • Studies about brain development support the idea of keeping young offenders in juvenile court until at least age 17.
  • Numerous health experts confirm that the brain's frontal lobe - referred to as the "executive" part of the brain - is not fully developed until the mid-20s. This part of the brain regulates decision-making, planning, judgment, and impulse control.
  • Current law shuts out parents of 17-year-olds.  These children - and their parents - will benefit from the right of parental support as they navigate the court system. In many cases, parents do not find out about their child's arrest until it becomes a barrier in college applications.
  • In juvenile court a 17-year-old is likely to be mandated to attend school, make restitution to victims and attend community-based rehabilitative programs that focus on the causes of the problem behavior.
Atlanta Public School Board Member Jason Esteves agrees with "raising the age."   He comments in his op-ed, "As a member of the Atlanta Board of Education and a former middle-school teacher in Texas, I am acutely aware of the damage that can be done if we treat high school students as adults. In jail, the only advice they'll get is from the adult prisoner next to them. We must do better than that....In the Atlanta Public Schools, my colleagues and I are moving aggressively to support the idea of 'restorative justice.'"  (Read full article)

What does HB 1100 not do?  HB 1100 does not reduce or minimize current law for youthful offenders who commit serious crimes.

This is the time to do the right thing.  Please contact Rep. Oliver  at mmo@mmolaw.com and let her know that you stand with her in recognizing children as children. 
ICM 40-Day Legislative Prayer Calendar
GA State Capitol
2016 Legislative Session
January 11, Beginning of Session
February 29, Crossover Day
March 24, End of Session

Each year, ICM hosts a 40-day prayer/meditation calendar for the 40 days of the legislative session.  Don't hesitate, please submit your prayer / meditation / reflection here on behalf of Georgia's children today.  ICM 40-Day Legislative Prayer Calendar
OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO BE INFORMED AND ENGAGED





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ICM Mission and Goals

 

The Interfaith Children's Movement (ICM) is a grassroots, advocacy movement dedicated to improving the well-being of children in Georgia.  ICM 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 children in Georgia, but especially the poor and marginalized whose voices are often unheard. 

 

ICM works closely with Georgia's policy-oriented child advocacy organizations, such as: 

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Sign ICM's petition today to the Entertainment Software Rating Board to change the rating of this video game.  

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Prevent Child Abuse Georgia

GA HELPLINE

1-800-CHILDREN

Please share this number widely.

 

Contact PCA of GA if your agency or organization would like to be included in the Helpline Resource and Referral Database

 

Contact Person:

Julia Neighbors

404-413-1419 or jneighbors@gsu.edu

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Wednesday's Child Georgia

   

 

Wednesday's Child, sponsored by the Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption, is a weekly television feature about adoption that helps find permanent, loving, adoptive families for children in foster care.
 
Wednesday's Child Georgia is a partnership of the Georgia Department of Human Services, Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption  and Fox 5 TV - Atlanta.
Foster Parents Needed

The need for foster families is great. Children escaping abusive or neglectful situations need a safe place to stay while their future is determined. Could your home be that safe place for children who are hurting and vulnerable?

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For more information about foster parenting in Georgia, call 1-877-210-KIDS.or visit the Division of Family and Children Services

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

 

 

One of the most important things faith communities can do for children is to pray for them.

 

Every child is a child of God.  All children deserve justice, compassion and our prayers.

 

ICM encourages every faith community to become a spiritual witness for children. Hold a worship service in your church, synagogue, masjid / mosque or temple and invite others to join in praying for the well-being of all children.