Given the attention that naturally occurs during this phase of the legal process I wanted to remind people about the goals of the ‘not-for profit’ we founded after our daughters death in December of 2014. For those not familiar with the story the link below summarizes the murder conviction in the killing of our 8 year old daughter Teagan (sentencing occurred this week).
Our mission is to serve Canada’s youngest, most vulnerable, and at-risk citizens, by enacting preventative measures to prioritize the rights’ of children to live, grow, and be nurtured and respected in protective and loving home environments regardless of family status, gender, ethnicity or income. We have a collective national responsibility to provide children with a safe home and to support children who are at risk.
Our priorities include :
I) National visibility, priority and oversight of the UN Rights of a Child Convention. This included the appointment of Federal Children’s Advocate and the adoptions of a Canadian Children’s Charter.
II) Using our education, knowledge and first-hand experience to actively participate in legislative and policy reforms.
III) To preserve the memory of Teagan Batstone who was a special little girl who touched many in life and even more in death.
We are often asked “What can I do? Here are six suggestions for you to consider :
1. Call Politicians – demand a Children’s advocate and share your opinions on the sentencing and parole of child killers.
2. Make Sure Kids Know Their Rights – take the time to learn about and promote the UN Rights of a Child Convention.
4. Report & Document Abuse – if you see it report it! To the police, children advocate or whomever in a position of responsibility you feel comfortable with.
5. Hold Political Candidates Accountable – ask the tough questions and make children right an issue every time you talk to them or when they call you!
6. Speak Up for Kids – we need to talk about it at home, work, school, online and in public. Keeping kids safe is not a taboo topic.