As a mother, every act of violence against a child clouds my soul. This weekend, we all paused in horror contemplating the last moments of 20 young children and six brave adults. And then we mourned, as if they were our own.
As a child advocate, every act of violence against a child reminds me of the global work we have yet to accomplish. Of course, it is with the hope of an advocate that I look toward a day when policy embraces and protects all children, because it is the right thing to do, not because it is doctrine crafted in the aftermath of the unthinkable.
As a leader of an organization charged with assuring families for abused and abandoned children, every act of violence against a child is recognition of failure from those of us charged with honoring, cherishing and protecting youth. But it is also a clear call to action – make children and their safety a priority. And embrace every child as our own.
Today, we will get back to finding adoptive families for children without homes. But we will do it as parents who mourn, advocates who hope, and leaders who simply must act.