Prevent Child Abuse and Murder
My great grandson, Eain Brooks, was only 5 years old on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 when Matthew Kuzdal, his mother's 26 year old boyfriend, murdered him after sexually abusing him. You can never fill the hole in your heart left by the loss, especially the murder, of an innocent child. It's worse when that child is one of your own.
Since Eain was murdered, Child Protective Services have confirmed that over 10,000 children have survived abuse in the county. One child is one too many, especially when the CDC's Adverse Childhood Experiences study proves all child abuse is a matter of life and death.
Maternal Home Visiting programs like Healthy Families NY prevent child abuse and neglect. They also combat poverty, save taxpayer money, and prevent poor school performance and juvenile delinquency. But they're only available to 5% of the willing and eligible mothers who qualify for them.
Ideally, we turn that from 5% to 100% of the state. But right now, let's focus on 100% of one zip code. Let's transform one community by protecting its children and nurturing its families. Let's cut CPS caseloads. Let's invest in Project 14211.
Abuse can't be undone. Abused children live shorter, sicker lives and contribute less to society. Their minds, souls and bodies forever scarred by betrayal and fear. If you agree we should prevent children from being abused let's call on Governor Cuomo to provide the funding.
Help me make sure Eain and all the other children did not die in vain.
Stop Erie County's children from being abused and murdered. Invest 2.3 million new dollars to transform the worst neighborhood in the county into the best for children.
We the undersigned ask you, Governor Cuomo, to provide the funds for us to adopt the Stop Abuse Campaign's plan that will protect our children before they are harmed rather than just intervene when they are.
By implementing the plan, Erie County can prevent child abuse and murder with evidence-based best practices.
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