HELP US CHALLENGE – AND CHANGE – THE STATUS QUO
All hands on deck.
(noun) a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
It’s a jungle out there for kids with concerning behaviors. And it’s not a walk in the park for parents, educators, mental health professionals, staff in facilities, or law enforcement professionals either. Changing lenses, practices, structures, and systems that support punitive, exclusionary practices that are often applied to these kids — practices that propel them down the very costly and unnecessary pipeline to prison — is no easy task. It begins with coming together around key principles related to how children should be treated. Please read the principles below…and if you endorse them, sign up to become a Lives in the Balance Advocator. We’ll keep you in the loop on promising practices and legislation and provide you with resources that will help you advocate for change in whatever ways you choose.
“If compassion and mercy are not compatible with politics, then something is the matter with politics.”- U.S. President Gerald R. Ford