'This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine!'

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Lost, lonely, scared, lacking trust and security, feeling at fault and guilty, disassociation, confused, sad, depressed, little or no control over events happening, isolated, ashamed, disgusted, hurt, neglected, worried, denial, worthless, unloved.

Secure, loved, happy, no worries, playful, trusting, content, dreams, dependent, cared for, excited, educated, stable, innocent, carefree, safe, family, cozy, candid, protected.

Take a look at each group of words. Both sets describe a different childhood. Which one would you prefer?

Obviously the latter of the two.

Children who are abused and neglected aren’t given that option. Of course, a child would prefer to grow up in an environment full of love and laughter, but unfortunately, they may not be afforded that luxury.
What abused children need is a light to help them through their darkness. A person caring more than enough to show them that there are other options in life – there can be love, support, and guidance, whether it be at home or in a safe place. We can ensure them that they are cared for and about.

Being a voice for an abused and neglected child isn’t a Band Aid for a problem, it’s a solution.

Be loud, be a voice.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

~Marianne Williamson

Our ONLY interest is the child’s best interest!

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Jennifer Kaysen

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