Mission: CRISPE (Children's Rights Initiative for Sharing Parents Equally) is a non-profit organization works to improve the well being of children and youth by ensuring that children have access to both their parents EQUALLY. Too many children are growing up lack a meaningful relationship with the other parent. Federal programs are encouraging this problem more by refusing to give relief benefits to poor and minority families if they remain married or remain as family unit in the same household. The only people getting hurt by these federal programs are the children whom grow up never knowing that other parent. CRISPE seeks to educate our public officials on the benefits both parents contribute to their children and why children need both parents. The CRISPE Bus travels around the United States to bring awareness to children?s rights issues and gives a voice to children about the current government policies and system that is failing them.
Results: Conduct a Southern California wide support groups that meet weekly. Groups discuss and promote shared parenting. Topics of discussion go over the major increase of teen pregnancy, drug abuse, gun violence, teen gang affiliation, and other issues as it relates to children in single parent homes. Awareness to the statistics that children do much better in life if they have access to both parents and when both parents partcipate in their lives.
Target demographics: children to access to both parents equally
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2270 people
Geographic areas served: San Diego, California
Programs: advocating for children's right to access to both parents and educating the public that current single parent policies such as the "best interests of the child" is failing our children and destroying healthy environments to raise children to grow and become effective adults in society. Two parents are better than only one when raising children!