CHILDRENS HEALTHCARE IS A LEGAL DUTY INC

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 136 Blue Heron Place Lexington KY 40511 USA

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2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I have supported CHILD for a few years now and was impressed with their dedication to children's health. The organizations leaders actually moved to my state, Oregon, to urge lawmakers to repeal exemptions to prosecution for neglect and endangerment of children by their misguided parents. They were critical to the success of passing legislation in Oregon to help ensure children's access to proper medical intervention. I applaud their every effort and will continue to support this important work.

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I attended presentations by Rita Swan who provided information on CHILD and legislation regarding children's healthcare. I was encouraged to contract my legislators myself.

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I have no suggestions for changes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Children’s Healthcare Is a Legal Duty, Inc. is an excellent organization that makes a difference by advocating for a class of children who are at risk (children whose parents hold strict religious beliefs that prevent them from seeking medical care for their sons and daughters). I have experienced firsthand the seriousness of a scenario when medical care is withheld from a child because of religious beliefs--36 years ago when I was a 10-year-old child I saw the suffering of an older sibling who received no traditional medical treatment for a painful and ultimately disabling condition. I appreciate the work of CHILD Inc. to provide information about the dangers of child abuse or neglect related to religion. I greatly value CHILD Inc.’s targeted lobbying efforts to reverse laws that currently offer religious exemptions from child health and safety laws. I urge others who care about the well-being of children in the United States to make a donation to CHILD, Inc. and support the work of an extremely efficient organization that makes the most of its resources.

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I follow the activities of this organization and I've written letters and emails in support of various lobbying efforts.

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If I could, I would like to change (and increase) the number of donations to CHILD, Inc. because I would love to see what this organization could do with additional funding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CHILD does wonderful work in the legislative field which has been discussed in other reviews. And that is absolutely vital. The legal issues MUST be brought to the public’s attention.

But religious abuse also causes emotional trauma. The unseen psychological damage that can be caused by faith-healing religions can literally destroy people’s lives. Even if you are not subjected to VISIBLE horrible deaths and illnesses, being exposed to this type of irrational thinking can cause deep INVISIBLE lifelong damage.

Having been denied medical care as a child, I had many difficulties which had a negative impact on my adult life. For example, I suffered from untreated asthma and allergies. Granted, these are not life-threatening, but can make life extremely difficult and cause significant emotional fallout. I consider CHILD as “Adult Children of Christian Scientists.” (You can insert the name of any other damaging religion.) We suffered many abuses similar to those that children of alcoholics and other addicts are subjected to.

CHILD educates the public. Bringing the abuse to the public’s attention through the legal channels will help all affected children.

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Meeting people with similar backgrounds helped me piece my own life together.

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I would not make any changes. But they do need more money.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Several children have died needlessly in Oregon because their parents refused medical care while relying on prayer. Our state laws were not sufficient to protect them. That's where CHILD proved itself so valuable. The executive director, Rita Swan, moved to our state capitol, helped write new legislation, and sold the bill so successfully that everyone was rushing to endorse it. Such unanimous agreement in our state capitol has never been seen before, but maybe that's because God himself lobbied for its passage. Protecting children is now the law. And all this was accomplished on a shoestring budget.

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I'm strictly an observer; see my review.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more funding, which means I need to write a check.

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