Nothing mattered more to my husband, Beau, than protecting Delaware’s children.
He knew it wasn’t an issue many people liked to discuss, but Beau knew how important it was to protect the most vulnerable among us.
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Beau Biden made keeping children safe from abuse his life’s work.
After Beau died, our entire family wanted to make sure his fight to protect children continued. We formed the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children to continue the work Beau and his team started when he was Delaware’s Attorney General. Beau shined a bright light on the problem of child abuse, and through the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children, we will keep that light shining.
The work that Beau started, and that this foundation will continue, is so important.
Because although 1 in 10 children will be a victim of sexual abuse, the vast majority of the crimes against these children will never be reported.
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The Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children is rooted in Beau’s belief and work that no child should be threatened by a predator – either an adult or a peer. We believe that child abuse can be prevented through effectively educating adults and children, developing the next generation of child welfare professionals and strengthening child protection laws around the country.
Over the next few months, we will talk often about our three pillars: education, leadership development and advocacy. But today, we want to ask you for your help in eliminating child abuse in Delaware.
Beau knew the best way to prevent child abuse was to shine a light on it – to educate adults on how to spot the signs that a child is suffering from abuse and the importance of standing up for that child by reporting the abuse to authorities. In fact, Delaware law requires any adult or organization who “knows or in good faith suspects” that a child is being abused to immediately call the state’s Child Abuse Hotline at 800-292-9582.
To help adults meet their moral and legal obligation to protect children from abuse, Beau and the Delaware Department of Justice partnered with Prevent Child Abuse Delaware in 2011 to bring the Darkness to Light Foundation’s “Stewards of Children” program to Delaware. Stewards of Children trains adults on how to spot the signs of child abuse and how to report that abuse.
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When Beau left office, 17,000 Delawareans had been trained through this program. The Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children plans to train thousands more because, as Beau wrote in 2014: “Getting more adults to go through the Stewards of Children training is the single biggest step we can take to protect more kids from abuse in Delaware.”
Over the next two years, the Beau Biden Foundation will have training seminars all over the state – from places of work to places of worship, and from schools to community centers. Our goal is to train an additional 18,000 Delaware adults in the next two years. We’d like you to join us.
This training program will change the way you think about child sexual abuse. It will make you uncomfortable, and that’s the point. After going through this training, you will know the children in your life are safer.
To kick off our program, the Foundation has partnered with Delaware Law School and Delaware Technical and Community College to offer free Stewards of Children training this month.
Training will be held at the following:
Delaware Law School in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom on Monday, April 11, at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, at 11 a.m. and Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m.
Delaware Technical and Community College Owens Campus in the Carter Partnership Center Lecture Hall on April 27, at 6 p.m.
Delaware Technical and Community College Terry Campus in the Corporate Training Center Room 407 on April 28, at 6 p.m.
Together we can further Beau’s commitment to keeping Delaware’s children safe by stopping childhood sexual abuse.
Hallie Biden is a member of the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children’s board of directors.