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Child abuse forum attracted mostly social service providers – Metro Voices

In Family Rights on July 26, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Preaching to the choir does not work.  Real child abuse comes when these bastards steal children from good homes, both moms and dads lose children for innocousous, and ludicrous child abuse allegations that would not stand up to the “clear and convincing” evidence standard, let alone guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt” that only a jury can determine.

Why don’t state laws allow juries to decide if a parent is abusive?  Because the states would lose $billions in CAPTA dollars for such lies perpetrated by do-gooder, job-keeping social workers.

Child abuse forum attracted mostly social service providers

Posted by Maureen Sieh /The Post-Standard July 22, 2009 9:04PM

Imani Jennings

Syracuse, NY.—–About 45 people attended the first Keeping Kids Safe community forum at People’s AME Zion Church tonight. It’s the first in a series of community forums designed to engage the community in a conversation about child abuse and neglect.

The United Way of Central New York created a coalition comprising a number of social services agencies and community groups in response to the death of Imani Jennings, the 20-month-old girl who was beaten to death by her mother’s 15-year-old boyfriend.

The coalition began meeting in December after it was reported that some neighbors, family members and the child’s daycare provider knew she was being abused, but did not report it.

The goal is to give pregnant and parenting teens information of services and programs that can help them, so they don’t abuse their children.

I applaud the organizers, but I was disappointed by tonight’s turnout. Read my full report in Thursday’s Post-Standard.

The majority of the people who attended the forum were service providers and community members who regularly attend meetings. They were basically preaching to the choir. That’s typical of most forums designed to discuss some of the social issues plaguing the community. If the community wants to address child abuse and neglect, the people most affected by the problem should be in the room.

Sheria Dixon, outreach director at the Salvation Army’s Barnabas House, challenged service providers to bring some of the young mothers they work with to the next forum planned for Aug. 11 at Bethany Baptist Church, 149 Beattie St.

“Our clients are the ones that need this,” she said. “They need to sit in the room with the commissioner of social services and ask him questions. We can sit here and talk until we’re blue in the face, it’s not going to make a difference.”

Others in the room also shared Sheria’s concern.

Lakesha Martin-Hargrett, constituent service representative for Congressman Dan Maffei, D-DeWitt, said she was outraged by the low turnout. More people in the community, she said, should be attending community forums. People in the community need to intervene when they see a mother hitting her child, she said.

“We need to step up,” she said.

Marion Ervin, who volunteers with a numerous organizations, said teen pregnancy is an epidemic in the community. If the community doesn’t begin to address it now, the problem will get worse when the children who are being born today enter their teen years.

“I don’t know what agency needs to blow a horn and say in this community that ‘we’ve got a problem,” he said. “This is our problem.”

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Posted by spiderwm on 07/23/09 at 9:26AM

why in the world would the commissioner of social services need to be at this forum. There are dozens of programs out there to help these mothers, none of them are going to do any good if people don’t step up and report abuse when they see it. That’s what could save 100% of these children, all of these programs are not going to work if the mother doesn’t want to go, the goverment can only do so much to force someone to go, when families and friends are ignoring the abuse they witness such as the case with little Imani, then outsiders have to step in, unfortunately even the daycare provider, licensed by the state , and mandated to protect this child and others like her, let her down, the community has to get involved, strangers are going to have to get involved to save these children and help these teen mothers, because obviously theire mothers let them down or they wouldn’t be in the situation they have found themselves in. As for the Child protective workers and those working with these families, I know it’s hard, but mandate your clients to be at these forums and maybe some sort of childcare can be arranged at the site so all can attend.

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