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New Promises to Children: Campaign Kicks Off in Idaho

July 25, 2011

BOISE, Idaho - Promises are being made to every child in Idaho, and around the country. The basic idea is that every child deserves to live in a nurturing environment that supports healthy brain development, and everyone has an obligation to help make that happen. The "National Movement for America's Children" comes from Prevent Child Abuse America and other children's-advocacy groups.

Idaho Children's Trust Fund/Prevent Child Abuse Idaho executive director Roger Sherman says there's no one solution to make good on the promises.

"We're really in position to be able to start talking about: what's my role with my neighbor? What's my role with my friend? What's my role as a PTA member? And what can be done at the library, the church, the school?"

Prevent Child Abuse America CEO Jim Hmurovich says most people agree that we have basic obligations for healthy child development.

"I think we say a lot of the things, but we're not acting on them. It's a grassroots movement to really show that every child has the right, and should have the opportunity, for healthy child development."

Hmurovich adds that research that demonstrates why healthy development is important because it's related to mental health issues, criminal behavior, academic achievement, and job stability.

A listening tour has been started online at
www.movementforchildren.org, and will visit cities nationwide to gather ideas and examples that will be used to draft policies and templates for communities and government. A full list of organizations behind the campaign is also available at that site.




Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - ID