Horrible details from horrible stories come across my desk every day. But those involving children are the ones that personally wear me down. There are some weeks that are more difficult than others. This is one of those weeks. A two-year-old vanishes in the middle of a bitter custody battle. A grown man may have been allowed to abuse children for decades. Just like everyone else, these stories both confound and enrage me. Why didn't someone stop this? Why? We try to find accountability. We try to find a way to make things better. We try to solve the unanswered questions - the mysteries. Yet, in the midst of it all, I feel helpless.
When I work with Childhaven, I feel empowered. I feel like I'm doing something to help a child avoid becoming a news story. This wonderful place takes care of abused and neglected children under the age of 5. The staff gets these fragile souls at their most vulnberable, and makes an imprint that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. I have seen the faces of abuse. I have also seen a child's dramatic turnaround in the middle of a Childhaven classroom. This organization is changing lives. This organization is teaching children that someone cares.
To find out more about Childhaven, visit their website: http://www.childhaven.org/