April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the statistics are staggering. In 2012, there were 3.4 million reports of abuse or neglect in the US. And every year 646,000 neglected and abused children find themselves in foster care.
In Washington State there are 10,000 kids in foster care. Tragically, the majority of children in foster care have already experienced abuse or neglect. Sadly, some of these kids, who live with ongoing uncertainty and instability, continue to experience maltreatment and the lingering effects of trauma. (Read to understand more about child trauma and traumatic stress.)
The driving force behind Many Lights is to help kids heal from trauma and to stop the cycle of abuse and neglect. With post-adoption support and a supportive family and community, our goal is that Hope Lights kids will heal and thrive, break the cycle, and make a positive impact on future generations. Until our kids and their forever families move into Hope Lights, please join us to raise awareness of the challenges foster kids face â€” and our unique solution.
Listen to the Kids
Abuse and neglect lead to being taken away. Hear what this part of the foster experience is like. AdoptUsKids Video
Help Prevent Abuse
2014 Prevention Resource Guide National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Events & Opportunities
Save These Dates! GiveBIG â€¢ May 6, 2014 | Fall Benefit â€¢ September 28, 2014
GiveBIG on May 6, 2014
Itâ€™s that time of year â€” GiveBIG is back! It's a one-day online giving event hosted by the Seattle Foundation. On this day, any gift you make to Many Lights will be stretched by the generous sponsors. Tell your friends and join us May 6, 2014!
Gift While You Shop at Amazon
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Many Lights whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. Just start shopping at smile.amazon.comand select Many Lights as your charitable organization. It's really that simple and something you can do any day you shop year round!
A New Partnership First 5 Fundamentals focuses on the early intervention and education of young children. Their vision is that â€œAll Pierce County children start school ready to succeed.â€
Given that nearly 63% of children waiting in foster care for adoption are 8 years old or younger, this is a natural partnership that will benefit the younger children living at Hope Lights.
We shared our vision and desire to develop the Hope Lights community in the East Tacoma area. This was a great first meeting. Additional meetings will be planned to get input and to keep neighbors informed of our progress.
Thank You for Spreading the Word!
Here's a BIG thank you to our recent Spread the Love hosts and people who have helped make introductions.
Aimee Grant (Wells Fargo)
Dennis Haugan & Wil Marquart
Deborah and Ray Erickson
Debra Hatton (Working Choices)
Jami Belieu (DSHS Region 2 Adoptions)
Laurie Mayer (DSHS)
Natashia Trotman (Working Choices)
Spread the Love events are a fun and easy way you can help spread the word about this important project. Consider holding an informational, no-ask get together at your home or office.