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Invisible Children Kids at risk action (KARA) press kit

ABOUT KIDS AT RISK ACTION

Kids At Risk Action (KARA) was created to initiate community conversations and to engage Minnesota citizens in discussions about the incredible problem of at risk, neglected and abused children in Minnesota. Since our inception, nearly two decades ago, KARA has engaged principals, teachers, social workers, lawyers, judges, police officers, parents, students, health professionals, and the larger community in discussions about child abuse and trauma.

MIKE TIKKANEN, Founder, Speaker and Author: Invisible Children, volunteer CASA Guardian ad Litem in Hennepin County since 1996, current and founding board member of CASAMN and Founder & President of KARA. He is unapologetically and passionately committed to improving the lives of at risk children. Invisible Children, Kids At Risk Action (KARA) is a voice for abused and neglected children based in Minnesota and leads the national stage.

Tikkanen, the author of the book "Invisible Children", has been a featured speaker to the United Nations Youth Assembly, the Women Prison Warden’s annual conference, the CASA Reno Conference and the Indiana Foster convention working with at-risk, neglected and abused children.

"Teacher turnover is high, school performance is suffering, social workers, health workers and, law enforcement is seeing the exponential growth of fearful behaviors triggered by childhood traumas. Suicides, violent crime and mass shootings come from a very deep well of unaddressed mental health issues and it is most likely that our nation will see many more until voters recognize the depth and scope of the problem." --- Mike Tikkanen

PRESS RELEASE

ENDORSEMENTS

Judge Leonard Edwards words of support: "The Invisible Children on College Campuses project impresses me greatly. I believe it will inform and inspire college students and lead to their involvement in activities that will benefit children in the community. I support this project wholeheartedly." -- Judge Leonard Edwards (ret.)

FACT

Generational child abuse is now a fact in America with 3rd, 4th and 5th generations of abused children having the next generation of soon to be abused children.

ENDORSEMENT

Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz stated that “The difference between that poor child and a felon is about eight years” & “90% of the youth in our Juvenile Justice System has passed through Child Protection”.

The vast majority of children aging out of foster care lead dysfunctional lives, over 1/3 of U.S. children are reported to child protection by their 18th birthday and 1/3 of our state ward children are forced onto psychotropic medications.

FACT

Child abuse impacts the development of the brain and interrupts logic, reason, learning and decision making that untreated lasts a lifetime.

FACT

The great majority of youth in Juvenile Justice have passed through child protection services.

IF YOU KNEW

37% of American children are reported to child protective services by the time they are 18 in our nation today

  • The great majority of youth in Juvenile Justice have passed through child protection services,
  • 80% of youth aging out of foster care are leading dysfunctional lives,
  • One in ten child hospitalizations is for mental health disorder and that 4 million American youth have mental health disorders (counting only those that seek services) & that most are going untreated or undertreated because the facilities and protocols needed do not exist in their community.

IF YOU KNEW

  • 66% of youth in Juvenile Justice have diagnosable mental illnesses with ½ of them suffering from chronic, multiple and dangerous conditions,66% of youth in Juvenile Justice have diagnosable mental illnesses with ½ of them suffering from chronic, multiple and dangerous conditions,
  • 1/3 of American foster children are forced onto psychotropic medications and that in 2014 20,000 on and two year old children were forced onto Prozac like drugs the same year that big pharmaceutical companies were fined many billions of dollars for illegally selling those drugs to pediatricians for use on young children,
  • Privatized group homes in Florida and other states are finding prostitution in those homes a large and growing problem for very young girls and our courts have sent judges to prison (40 years) for illegally enriching themselves off of innocent children in privatized centers.

IF YOU KNEW

  • Over 30% of American youth are arrested by their 23rd birthday & now 100 million Americans have a criminal record. Hennepin County (Minneapolis) MN arrested 44% of its adult male population in 2001 with no duplicate arrests. And 11 and 12 year olds are now routinely charged as adults in criminal cases.
  • Child abuse impacts the development of the brain and interrupts logic, reason, learning and decision making that untreated lasts a lifetime and that,
  • Generational child abuse is now a fact in America with 3rd, 4th and 5th generations of abused children having the next generation of soon to be abused children,

IF YOU KNEW

  • Generational abuse has resulted in a genetic disposition within the family (epigenetics) as well as the environmental reality of caregivers without parenting skills, drug problems and violent behavior patterns raising their families with no chance for the child to develop coping skills required to live a normal life without the help of the community.
  • Almost 25% of Americans are now state wards or special needs people and rural hospitals all over America are...

TV Interviews

Radio Interviews

Author, Speaker and, Founder of #InvisibeChildren, Mike Tikkanen joined #ChosenGeneration radio to speak about #KidsAtRiskAction. #Kids #Advocate #TheNextGeneration "I have spent more than 14 years removing children from abusive homes....there is a great sadness and you can't look away."

Campus Programs

KARA’s INVISIBLE CHILDREN program is a community catalyst to starting conversations about trauma and abuse and improving the lives of at risk children where you live. Collaborating with students, departments & the community, KARA and the college create awareness and build support for the people, programs and policies that keep children safe. Volunteer recruitment, presentations and workshops tailored to events and conditions where you live. Invite KARA’s Invisible Children program to your college and start this important conversation on your campus. KARA engages the campus & community in research, outreach, volunteerism and a powerful visual display series of stories, graphics, videos and news drawing attention to and making life better for abused and neglected children in your community.

Created and Designed by Eden Gordon Media, LLC 2018

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Created with images by Charlein Gracia - "untitled image" • aamiraimer - "kid child portrait" • Alexas_Fotos - "girl sad desperate" • Larm Rmah - "Happiness" • Janko Ferlič - "untitled image" • AnnieSpratt - "children road distant"

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