I was saddened to read the recent news about the closing of Citizens for Missouri’s Children.
As the only statewide advocacy group focused on children’s issues, CMC has been a leader in helping shape policy that benefits Missouri’s children. Child advocates (Citizens for Missouri’s Children among them) have had a tremendous impact on the lives of Missouri’s children; in recent years they have worked on a myriad of laws including ones that help protect children in day care centers, ensured that low income children get nutritious meals at school, and children with special needs receive the proper medical care.
The loss of Citizens for Missouri’s Children will be felt sharply — but there are still strong advocates in our state like Lutheran Family and Children’s Services, which has been advocating for policy changes that benefit children and families since the 1960s. Lutheran Family and Children’s Services is just one of many agencies that have been active in advocacy, and these groups are already exploring ways to work together and to help fill the gap left by the closing.
It is also up to all of us as parents, grandparents, teachers, and concerned citizens to pay close attention to our kids, our child care centers, our schools, etc., to make sure that our state laws and our state budgets are in the best interest of our children and their families.
Alan M. Erdman is the president and CEO of Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri.