The Best Resources for the Prevention of Child Abuse

victim information notification - vine mobile VINELink is the online version of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), the National Victim Notification Network (Link). This service allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day. Some states have the ability to display this website in Spanish. Please click on the state where you wish to search. If this option is available, you will see an “English | Español” toggle in the upper right hand corner. Victims and other concerned citizens can also register to be notified by phone, email, text message (SMS) or TTY device when an offender’s custody status changes. Users can also register through their participating state or county toll-free number.


NAPC The National Association to Protect Children is a national pro-child, anti-crime membership association. We are founded on the belief that our first and most sacred obligation as parents, citizens and members of the human species is the protection of children.

PROTECT is a bipartisan pro-child, anti-crime lobby whose sole focus is making the protection of children a top political and policy priority at the national, state and local levels. (Link)


Center for missing and exploited children The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (Link) opened in 1984 to serve as the nation’s clearinghouse on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. Today NCMEC is authorized by Congress to perform 19 programs and services to assist law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them.


national council on child abuse and family violence The National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence (NCCAFV) (Link) and its American Campaign provide prevention services by bringing together community and national stakeholders, volunteers and professionals to prevent  intergenerational family violence: child abuse and neglect, spouse/partner abuse, and elder abuse and neglect.

Dog Rescue Organization of the Year – My Nomination

animal protection league When the opportunity to participate in the Fenced In by Love 2014 – Dog Rescue Organization and Volunteer Of The Year blog campaign was presented, I couldn’t let the opportunity pass without submitting my nomination for The Indiana Animal Protection League.

The Animal Protection League was founded in 2003 and is a non-profit organization. The primary mission of INAPL is to raise awareness concerning animal care and cruelty. Over the years, INAPL has introduced programs educating the public on the humane treatment of animals, responsible care-giving and the importance of the human/animal connection; the reciprocal bond that exists between humans and animals.

Maleah Stringer is dedicated to the welfare of animals and to creating a society that understands that the way we treat animals is directly related to the way we treat people. She has launched award winning adoption programs, has been featured in national publications for her efforts, and has been nominated as a “Person of the Year” by the Anderson Herald Bulletin. An Indiana University alumna, Stringer has operated a personal training business since 1990 and has been a columnist since 2003. Her column, Animal Connection, has helped raise awareness in our community concerning the connection between animal abuse and human violence and encourages the community to treat animals with compassion. One of Stringer’s proudest accomplishments is her work with the Indiana Department of Corrections and the development of programs including FIDO, Saving Max and the 9 Lives Cat Prison Program that save animals and help inmates give back to the community.

In 2011, The APL entered a partnership with the City of Anderson, Indiana to manage the local animal shelter. APL makes stellar use of available resources, a loving staff and kind-hearted volunteers to find loving adopters for the homeless cats and dogs in Anderson and the surrounding communities.

Stringer worked with state Senator Tim Lanane to pass statewide legislation mandating counseling for convicted animal abusers. Through similar efforts she also spearheaded the introduction of The FIDO program which places shelter dogs with inmates of Pendleton’s Correctional Industrial Facility. The FIDO shelter dog prison program addresses 3 issues:  First, it saves healthy loving dogs from euthanasia and puts them in loving homes.  Next, it provides rehabilitation for the inmates. Finally, it encourages responsible pet ownership by having our dogs spayed/ neutered, making every attempt to ensure that the adoption is a good fit, and ensuring animals are adopted to owners who will give them loving homes and make a commitment to the life of that animal.

Stringer’s passion comes from giving a voice to the voiceless. In a recent news clip, she was quoted “We are their voices,” she said of the animals she saves. “How we treat our animals shows what kind of society we are. There’s definitely a link between how we treat people and how we treat animals.”

Over the years, I have watched this organization make use of every possible outlet to introduce the animals in their care, to people in the community. I have witnessed them spending their weekends at local shops and functions bringing loveable pets to the public that may otherwise not be seen. I have read many news articles where The APL has given a voice to the animals that had no voice. Their continued love and dedication to the hundreds of animals they rescue each year make them an obvious choice for me. My nomination for Organization of the year is The Animal Protection League of Anderson, Indiana.

Do you have an animal rescue volunteer and/or organization you would like to nominate? Complete details at Fenced In by Love 2014 – Dog Rescue Organization and Volunteer Of The Year – Great rewards for all participants and for the winning nominations in various categories.

Richard Sherman – Proof That a Stanford Degree Does Not Make You Smart

Richard Sherman may have gone to Stanford. Sherman may have a college degree – but as we all know – a college degree, does not a wise man make.

Richard Sherman’s actions were pathetic. The “idea” that it was to gain media attention and that he is a marketing genius came as an afterthought. There is no way he could have planned to act like that, going into the game.

His actions were nothing above childish and a typical bully-wannabe. Guys like this are NOT what I want to capture the attention of young boys. Sherman is NOT someone to look up to. He has a long history of running his mouth, taunting other players and tearing other people down as a means to build himself up.

Sherman is a typical narcissistic dickhead.

Those who think his reactions are “passion for the sport” related are sorely mistaken. This is a guy that comes from a generation where everyone gets a trophy.

Bobby Knight would have cut him off at the knees a long time ago!

When it comes to sports figures with college degrees – the person has to SHOW me they were intelligent enough to EARN it because too many universities hand over the degree in exchange for sports placement and performance. The proof is in the puddin’ as they say and right now, Mr. Sherman claiming to have a degree in communications is at best, laughable.

Going into the game, I was happy for the Seahawks and the 49’rs. Derrick Coleman is a man of value and so inspirational. Colin Kaepernick is also a man of value and has a story that leaves you feeling inspired. If you’re not familiar with the story of these two young men, read up on them – they are both AMAZING!

The sad truth is, I WAS happy for the Seahawks, but that was very short lived. Once I saw that interview with Sherman, I was over it! As great as Coleman is, Sherman is rotten enough to spoil it for everyone else – at least for me.

Bad behavior should not be rewarded and to me, the support of the fans is the greatest reward a sports figure or team can have – and thanks to Richard Sherman, I know where my loyalty and support will go.

Parental Responsibilities For Underage Drinking And Driving

Guest Post By Kris Bennette – More on Kris at the end of this post

college party - masquerade party!Some parents let their teens throw a party in their own property, and some even allow their teens to drink because they believe that drinking is a part of growing up. Other parents believe that if their teen is going to drink, it is better if they drink at home because it is safer.

As a parent, you should not patronize underage drinking. Keep in mind that under the Social Host Liability laws, parents are accountable for underage drinking that happens in their property. To put it simply, parents who serve or supply alcohol to underage individuals can be held liable if that person is injured, causes injuries, or is caught drunk driving.

What Happens When Parents Serve Alcohol To Underage Individuals?

The legal drinking age in the United Sates is 21. Parents or adults who supply alcohol in their house to underage drinkers will face possible criminal charges. They will be subjected to civil and criminal penalties.

  • Criminal Charges: If you or your spouse is caught supplying alcohol- even if it was unintentional- to underage individuals, you will face serious liabilities. In some states, you will have to pay huge fines and compensation to victims in case of an accident. You or your spouse may also face possible jail time for contributing to the felony of a minor. In one case, a mother got arrested and served time in jail when she bought a keg for her teenage son’s 21st birthday party. This wouldn’t have gotten her arrested; however, some of the guests who are still minors began drinking too.
  • Financial Liability: Aside from facing possible criminal and civil lawsuits, you will also need to pay huge fees. In certain countries around the world, parents are held financially and criminally liable for underage drinking in their property- whether they knew about it or not. In addition, if your teen gets arrested for underage drinking and driving, you will have to pay fines of up to $2,500 on their behalf.

According to the DWI attorneys at Tad Nelson & Associates, if the parents knowingly serve alcohol to minors in their property and that minor gets sick, injures himself or someone else, or dies, the parents should be held financially responsible for the following: medical costs, damages to property, and pain and suffering.

Underage Drinking And Driving

The DUI laws are different for minors because alcohol has a different effect on their body. A blood alcohol content of .08 will put an adult in jail; however, an underage drinker will only need to have a BAC of .05 to face possible jail time. Some states even have zero tolerance. This means a BAC level of .01 will put an underage drinker in jail. In addition, minors can also have their driver’s license suspended for one year if they are caught drinking and driving.

To protect your teenager and yourself from possible legal ramifications of underage drinking, you should take the time to talk with your teen. You should make him understand the possible consequences and legal liabilities involved if they choose to drink at home or at a party. If possible, avoid leaving your teenager alone overnight because they are likely to throw a party while you are away. In addition, you should seek legal assistance from a credible DUI/DWI attorney in case you or your teen gets in trouble with the law.

Guest Author: Kris Bennette has been writing professionally for more than two years. She occasionally writes finance and law topics where she discusses the possible legal ramifications of drunk driving.

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