As Christmas approaches everyone’s hearts turn toward family. Separation Anxiety sets in. For many it is the separation of those in the Armed Services, Collage or simply those who live elsewhere unable to make it home for Christmas. Then there’s the ones who’ve been separated through divorce or death. The ones that I hurt most for are those separated by the Child Protective System.
These are the people who hurt most this time of year. Not only do they stress over the separation, but also where are the children. Are the children in a truly safe environment? Are their needs being met? How bad are they hurting and longing for their parents?
For this reason, we seek to build awareness to a very broken system. Close to half of the children in foster care do not belong there. More often than not they are there because some overworked, understaffed, underfunded agency chose to “Error on side of caution.” These families are forever damaged. They need our prayers.
On December 15, 2012, buy “Glow” sticks, necklaces and other products to wear and display on this evening. Wear them around you necks. Hang them from your car mirror. The mirror of your motorcycle. Please help build awareness.
BLUE – No case but recognizes the CPS system is in need of repair.
GREEN – Have had a case & successfully gotten out of the system.
YELLOW – Currently working Safety Services
ORANGE – Children in Temporary Custody.
PINK – Children permanently removed without terminating parental rights.
RED – Parental Rights Terminated, Child eligible for adoption.
(These colors are available at Party City and Walmart)
When we first chose to do this we wanted it to be a bit of a color graph to show the stages of involvement. This does not have to be. I personally have purchased several of the 8-pack assorted light sticks from Walmart for $2.98/pack. Necklaces are 97¢ and bracelets are 3 for 97¢. The cost is almost nothing.
We have been promoting this internationally as a Facebook event:
In Houston we are planning to gather downtown at:
Harris County Jury Plaza
A few other cities are planning events but I have not gotten conformation on locations. We do ask that should you participate. Please take pictures and post them to the “Angel Eyes over Texas” fan page.
Thank you for your support.