Prevent Child Abuse and Murder
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My great grandson, Eain Brooks, was only 5 years old on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 when Matthew Kuzdal, his mother's boyfriend, raped and killed 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, the rates of child abuse have spiked in Erie 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.
An investment of $7,000,000 in abuse prevention in Erie county would break the cycle of abuse, poverty and suffering for thousands of families in Erie County. Every dollar invested in Healthy Families NY saves taxpayers $1.15 the first year in improved child health and improved self-sufficiency of the parents. We can’t afford not to invest in this program.
Abuse can't be undone. Abused children live shorter, sicker lives and contribute less to society. Their minds, souls and bodies forever scarred. 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.
I'm Eain's Great Grandmother Carolyn Spring and I started Eain's Echo when Eain was murdered. We work with the Stop Abuse Campaign to prevent abuse and neglect.
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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