Dear friends of The Village, As someone who cares about children and families, I can only imagine that you share our deep concern about the impact of the separation of children from their families
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“The past does not define us. It's discovering who we really are and how we're going to get there that does that. The Village - where real change happens.” These words describe The Village’s core beliefs and are heard in our new TV and radio ads. They also describe my own personal journey.
The popular show illustrates how each of us may have the opportunity to help prevent a young person from committing suicide.
The truth is slavery still exists in our current society, but it manifests itself in many forms. Human trafficking is Modern Day Slavery. As you are reading this article someone is being enslaved. A child is being forced into a life of sexual exploitation, and children and adults are forced to work in sweatshops, homes, local businesses, factories and agriculture. Right here in Connecticut.
I understand the need to keep our State’s fiscal house in order, but does it have to be at the expense of our most vulnerable children? Yesterday’s announcement by the Governor’s office to cut $48 million from the State budget to ensure we don’t end the year with a deficit was not a surprise. What was dismaying was that the largest cuts – a total of $8.8 million – are to the Department of Children and Families, including programs at both ends of the spectrum, from prevention to crisis.
Voices are powerful. When they speak the truth – even when it’s painful or harsh – people listen. Personal experiences with child abuse and mental health conditions are not easy topics to discuss. But, the impact of sharing your perspective and your thoughts about how our health care system can help prevent abuse in the first place and how children and young adults can get the help they need to recover from or cope with mental illness, can be immensely rewarding.