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Sign Our Petition to "Change the Rating"

ICM has started a petition -- "Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB): Change the rating of Grand Theft Auto V video game from "Mature" to "Adults Only." We need your help to get it off the ground.

Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now and share it with others who are concerned about our children? Here's the link:



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Prevent Child Abuse GA
1-800-CHILDREN Helpline
If your agency or organization would like to be included in the Helpline Resource and Referral Database, contact Julia Neighbors at 404-413-1419 or jneighbors@gsu.edu.

Wednesday's Child Program

Wednesday's Child, sponsored by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, is a weekly television feature about adoption that helps find permanent, loving, adoptive families for children in foster care. Wednesday's Child Georgia is a partnership of the Georgia Department of Human Services, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Fox 5 in Atlanta.




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Calendar Link - A list of upcoming ICM-related trainings, programs and meetings.
Register Today:  ICM Day at the Capitol 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

On January 27th Arise, Awake and Act Against Sex Trafficking!

Spelman College Sisters Chapel will host the "Arise, Awake and Act Against Sex Trafficking" conference to educate and mobilize the faith community and community members to advocate for change to combat child sexual exploitation. Event will feature guest speakers, local clergy, community leaders, panelists, and more.  ICM is a community sponsor of this event.


ICM is a community sponsor of this event.  Please call 404-270-5729 for more information and to RSVP.


 Join ICM at the 2015 Fulton County Schools Faith Summit

This initiative was created to generate strong and lasting relationships between faith communities and the school system in support of the students - to build bridges between our faith and school communities that will yield benefits for our students for years to come.

Interfaith Children's Movement is proud to serve on the steering committee for the 2015 Fulton County Schools Faith Summit.


ICM Small LogoOn January 24th, join ICM, DeKalb County Human Development, Peace Baptist Church, Men Stopping Violence and others at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for a community workshop on the issues of domestic violence and human trafficking. The Center is located at 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA 30034. 

ICM is a community partner of DeKalb County Human Development's T.A.K.E.N. initiative to combat human trafficking.

 The Open Enrollment period for 2015 coverage is November 15, 2014, to February 15, 2015.  If you haven't enrolled in coverage by then, you generally can't buy Marketplace health coverage for 2015 until the next Open Enrollment period for coverage the following year.

If you're enrolled in a 2014 Marketplace plan, your benefit year ends December 31, 2014. To continue health coverage in 2015, you can renew your current health plan or choose a new health plan through the Marketplace during the 2015 Open Enrollment period.


For more information, visit www.heathcare.gov. 


Juvenile Justice Matters

ICM is a member of the JUSTGeorgia Coalition.


With the passage of juvenile justice reform legislation in the 2013 state legislative session, the state can move forward in improving the lives of children and creating healthier communities in Georgia.  Now is the time for implementation with integrity and fidelity.  Otherwise, the positive effects of the hard work of so many will go unrealized.  
The interfaith community is an essential component to the success of this reform.  ICM will continue its movement to promote the benefits of juvenile justice reform and encourage faith communities to become informed, involved and engaged in being a part of the solution. 
 Produced by The Tow Foundation, National Juvenile Justice Network and JUSTGeorgia




STOP Child Sexual Exploitation

Effective September 15, 2013, certain businesses and establishments were required to display the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline poster created by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.  You can access the poster and additional information about the requirements by clicking on the links below.
ICM encourages all faith communities to display the National Human Trafficking Hotline poster around your campuses, especially those faith communities who provide services to vulnerable populations, such as children and youth, homeless, disabled and immigrant families. 
Speak Up Now!  Fight Child Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking In-Flight. Please use the "Speak Up Now" link to contact City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport's General Manager and the top six major national airlines that fly into Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and ask them to join the fight by supporting the airing of in-flight videos against child sexual exploitation and trafficking on all flights into Atlanta -- domestic and international.

GEORGIA CARES (formerly Georgia Care Connection)
Georgia Cares (formerly Georgia Care Connection) can be found at www.georgiacareconnection.comGeorgia Cares is the initiative launched by the Governor's Office for Children and Families "to identify commercially sexually exploited children and link them to services without subjecting them to arrest."  You can visit the program by going to www.georgiacareconnection.com.  Contact:  Georgia Cares, P.O. Box 1967, Decatur, GA 30031, 404.602.0068  



Mandatory Reporting Info
Effective, July 1, Georgia expanded its mandated reporting pool (those persons who are mandated to report suspected child abuse) to include all employees and volunteers whose duties include attending to children.  Another significant change to the law, includes designating clergy as mandated reporters under certain circumstances.
Please use the following resources and materials to help your faith community become aligned with the new law.  Afterall, our faith communities should be safe places for our children and families to engage in fellowship and worship. 

Mandatory Reporting Law Resources


The "School To Prison Pipeline" (STPP) refers to a disturbing national trend in which students are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.  Please follow the link to more information STPP Materials. 

The Bright from the Start:  Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning offers incentives and scholarships to encourage early care and education; professionals to obtain additional training and certification. Please open the documents below for more information and to apply.



Immigration Issues
“Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation: 
A Guide for Practitioners Assisting Immigrant Families.”
From Georgia Appleseed: This manual guides volunteer lawyers and non-lawyer practitioners through important financial and family rights threatened by the deportation process, including final paychecks, bank accounts, car and home ownership, government benefits, child custody, and others. “Protecting Assets” provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions to help immigrants protect their financial assets and family relationships. 



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40-Day Prayer Calendar

Read the Prayers and Meditations in our 40-Day Legislative Prayer Calendar.  Submit your own prayer, meditation or reflection on behalf of Georgia's children.


Call to Action

Click  image below to join ICM's Child Advocacy Task Force.


LEARN:  Attend one or more of the trainings /events listed below.

PRAY:  I will pray for / meditate or reflect upon children—children known and unknown to me.  I will pray for / seek their well-being in body, mind and spirit.  I will keep my heart responsive to the joys and sorrows of children—they can count on me to never be indifferent and uncaring.

ACT: Engage in one or more of these Opportunities to express advocacy at the services level and engender in children, youth and adults a love for community and service. 


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