If I had $1M…

Stuffed Bear In a Wicker Chair © Photoeye

I constantly get email and text messages from family and friends on things that happen in the news.  Some of what I receive is painful yet…  They send me these types of stories not because they’re cruel, but they know the parent and child advocate in me rules and will keep working to do something about it.  (Justice and judgment are not my calling; my focus is on solutions for children, victims and families.)

Before I give you the stories that made my ponytail rise let’s just say, if I had a million dollars I’d open a licensed 24-hour child respite care center, free of charge, for any child in crisis (e.g., domestic violence, sexual assault, homelessness, etc.).  The center would give parents support, connect them with community partners (resources) and provide them with opportunities (tools) to learn and grow.

The question is not can these types of programs succeed but it’s more about sustainability; how could we keep the doors open, provide a meaningful service and pay staff so they can adequately provide for their families?  I’ve been a director for programs that were free to parents; I know they work.

So… if I ever get that $1M, I have a plan…!  I’d have a team and hire others who want to help solve a few problems that already exist.

But with solutions temporarily aside, here are a few stories that broke my heart:

-Toddler Left Alone at Home Dies in Fire, Body Found Under Bed; Mom Was ‘Out with Friends’ (Fox 40 Sacramento)

-Mother charged with child neglect after daughter allegedly left alone in burning home (Miami Herald)

-Dad accused of leaving sons in freezing car to watch football (CBS News, Crimesider)


Now back to the solutions:

© CJ Spencer, 2016

If you were given $1M to provide a positive solution, product or service for children and families, what would that be?
(In my everyday life I hear and still see children and families fall into crisis… so positive solutions and comments welcome and appreciated.)
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8 thoughts on “If I had $1M…

  1. I’ve been working for 37 years to create an international wellness center/community to work with children, adults, businesses, sustainibility and the environmemt. My other goal is to create a foundation in my Mom’s name, to support bringing children to the arts and the arts to children.

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    1. I love the idea of an international wellness center/community and I think the foundation in your Mom’s name would be a very meaningful tribute. Those are excellent ideas; you’d have my support! Thanks for sharing them!

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      1. Sure. I love your idea as well. I’ve been an activist all my life, have a degree in early childhood ed and have taught in schools as well as taught creative music and movement, so love children. My healing practice included children, too. So I would support your project.

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