Children Of The Recession: How You Can Help - And Get Help
During this economic downturn, more children are at risk of being uninsured or living in poverty. Here are some resources where you can find more information about what's going on, where to get help and how you can get involved.
|Children's Health Fund|
The Children's Health Fund works to provide healthcare to children in need. Their programs and affiliates bring primary medical care, oral health and mental health services to kids and families in 15 different states and the District of Columbia. On their site you can find information on their different programs and where to find them, including mobile medical units.
|Teach for America |
Teach For America aims to eliminate education inequality - the idea that where a person is born impacts his educational opportunities and life prospects - by recruiting a national corps of outstanding recent college graduates and professionals of all academic majors and career interests to commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. Visit their Web site to learn more.
|Witness to Hunger|
|Children's Health Watch|
Children's Health Watch monitors the impact of economic conditions and public policies on the health and well-being of very young children. Visit their Web site to find out more.
|Families In Transition|
Visit the Seminole County Public Schools Website to learn more about their Families in Transition (FIT) program, which helps homeless students. There is also a link to make a donation to the program.
For more information on Families in Transition, please contact:
|The Salvation Army|
Visit The Salvation Army's Web site for information on their many programs, from disaster relief and human trafficking their Christmas charity, and to find out how you can donate or get involved. Or, click here to visit the local Monterey Salvation Army Web site.
|The Salinas City Elementary School District|
To donate to homeless children in the Salinas school district please contact:
Salinas City Elementary School District
District Outreach Consultant
840 South Main Street
Salinas, CA 93901
ATTN: Cheryl Camany
Note: Please indicate on the check if you would like your donation to go directly to the Clarke and Hernandez families or to all homeless children identified in the Salinas School District.
|National Association For The Education Of Homeless Children And Youth|
The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth is a grassroots organization dedicated to serving as a voice for children in homeless situations. Visit their Web site to read up on legislative policies that apply to education and homeless children and for resources like posters and newsletters.
|National Center On Family Homelessness|
Visit the Web site of the National Center on Family Homelessness to find statistics and news reports on homeless families and children, to learn about their programs for homeless young mothers and children and a list of ways that you can help.
|Mustard Seed School|
Mustard Seed School is a free private school for homeless children. They work to create a positive environment for those children, provide counseling to them and their families and assist in entering or reentering public schools. Learn more about the Mustard Seed School and other programs from Sacramento Loaves and Fishes.
|Family Promise Of Sacramento|
Family Promise strives to help homeless families find permanent housing and help those families become self-sufficient so they won't become homeless again. Visit their website to find out more information about the program and read success stories of families who have gotten back on their feet.
|Children's Health Fund|
The Children's Health Fund works to provide healthcare to children in need. Their programs and affiliates bring primary medical care, oral health and mental health services to kids and families in 15 different states and the District of Columbia. On their site you can find information on their different programs and where to find them.
Safe Families For Children
Safe Families for Children volunteers take at-risk children into their homes in order for parents to work through short-or-long-term crises like hospitalization or drug abuse. Biological parents maintain custody of the children while they are in the volunteer's care, and the group strives to reunite families in safer, more stable homes. Visit the website for program locations and to find out how to become a volunteer.
Child Welfare League Of America
The Child Welfare League of America is an organization that raises awareness on both the local and federal levels about all issues that affect children, from adoption to abuse. Read their statistics and published reports and find out more about their special initiatives.
National Network For Young People In Foster Care
The National Network for Young People in Foster Care is a place where kids in foster care can connect and share their stories with one another. Visit their Web site to learn more about what other children are going through, get foster care facts and find events in your area.
National Center for Children in Poverty
NCCP is a public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic security, heath and well-being of low-income families. Read their research reports or use their data tools to calculate how much it takes families to afford basic necessities and find state and national statistics on poor and low-income children.
First Focus is an advocacy organization that is committed to making children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions. You can read more about their five core issues - child health, education, family economics, child welfare and child safety - and see their research on each subject.
Speak Now For Kids
Speak Now For Kids is an advocate for children's needs in healthcare reform. You can add yourself to their nationwide map and submit your personal stories through words, photos or video. They also have definitions of healthcare terms and statistics on how children are affected. them.
Every Child Matters
A group that hopes to make policies involving children and families a national political priority. Visit their site to read news stories and watch videos pertaining to children's issues and find facts, figures, and what you can do to help in your state.
Click here for facts on each's states Child Protective Services workforce and workload, plus toll-free numbers for reporting suspected cases of abuse.