People of faith are called by that faith

to speak for all children.

April 7, 2009




Congratulations!  Your hard work made headway in garnering support for Georgia's children.  Please remember to have your post-session meetings with your legislators to keep the conversation alive for the well-being of Georgia's children.


Budget Item:  Regional Assessment Center Saved


Successful Result:  Funds unfrozen


Regional Assessment Center money in the 2009 budget had been frozen since the 2008 session. The Department of Human Resources (DHR) eliminated it from their budget for FY09 and FY10. In January, the Governor's Office of Children and Families stepped up to fund the assessment phase for girls who've been sexually exploited. This action eliminated the need to advocate for restoration of the $560,000 in the DHR budget.

SB 69 (Unterman 45th) - Sexual Exploitation of Children:  Expanded Definition


Successful Result:  Passed


SB 69 expands the child abuse mandatory reporting law so that sexual exploitation in all cases--not just those where a "parent or caretaker" is suspected--are reported as child abuse. 

Budget Item:  Additional Funding for Child Victims of Prostitution and Trafficking


Successful Result:  Passed


The $992,000 proposed by the Senate remained in the FY2010 budget to provide services for child victims of prostitution and trafficking, which includes the Regional Assessment Center.
SR 506 (Unterman 45th) - Senate Study Committee on Mental Health Continuum Care


Successful Result:  Passed


The study committee resolution, introduced by Senator Renee Unterman, passed a full Senate vote.  This study committee will "undertake a study of the conditions, needs, issues, and problems" experienced by sexually exploited children and "investigate and examine the services available across the public and private sectors capable of recognizing and treating mental health issues in minors."  This step will keep the conversation alive ensuring that the prostitution of children stays in the forefront.


Budget Item:  Senate Suggests Cuts in Pre-K Slots for 2010


Successful Result:  Did not pass


The FY2010 budget retained the funding for the additional 3,000 Pre-K slots for 2010, which was recommended by the Governor and endorsed by the House. 


SB 92 (Hill 32nd) - Medicaid/PeachCare Conversion


Successful Result:  Did not pass out of the Senate on Crossover Day (3/12/09) 


SB 92 attempted to change Georgia's cost-effective Medicaid and PeachCare coverage into a premium assistance program, requiring the state to purchase "benchmark" plans for many members.  This change would have caused a serious breach inthe welfare of Georgia's children and families.


SB 292 (Hamrick 30th) - Juvenile Code Re-write Legislation


Successful Result:  Bill introduced


SB 292 will be carried by Senator Bill Hamrick (R-30th), along with 23 other co-sponsors.  The legislation carries with it the hopes of many who have called for a re-write of Georgia's Juvenile Code that reflects best practices, scientific research and restorative justice for children who become part of Georgia's juvenile justice system.  We expect the bill to be posted by the end of this week.


SB 91 (Murphy 27th) - Sexual Exploitation of Children:  Adult Entertainment Surcharge


Unsuccessful Result:  Did not pass out of the Senate on Crossover Day (3/12/09)  


SB 91 provides for a $5 per person adult entertainment surcharge that will go into the Crime Victims' Emergency Fund to help commercially sexually exploited children recover.  


Next Step:  Help keep the conversation alive and show your support by signing the petition at  The goal is to obtain 100,000 online signatures. -------------------------------------------------------

HB 37 (Bruce) - Parent Protection Act

Unsuccessful Result:  Did not receive a hearing and did not pass out of the House on Crossover Day (3/12/09)

HB 37 allowed for limited, unpaid, job-protected leave for parents to attend a child's school conference or for attending medical appointments for their children, themselves or an elderly parent. 


Next Step:  Keep the conversation alive by having a post-session meeting with your legislators. 

-------------------------------------------------------Budget Item:  A $1.00 Increase in the Tobacco (Cigarette) Tax in Georgia


Unsuccessful Result:  Did not pass


The proposed tobacco tax increase was estimated to generate more than $400 million in additional revenue--funding which could have been used to help with PeachCare and Medicaid. 


Next Step:  Keep the conversation alive by having a post-session meeting with your legislators.




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Spiritual Witness for Children

One of the most important things faith communities can do for children is to pray for them.


Every child is a child of God and deserves justice and compassion. Every child deserves our prayers. 


ICM encourages every faith community to become a spiritual witness for children. Hold a worship service in your church, synagogue, mosque or temple and invite others to join in praying for the well-being of all children.

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ICM Advocacy Alert


ICM General Meeting

April 21, 2009 

6:30 p.m.

at Druid Hills UM Church

1200 Ponce de Leon Ave.


"Nurturing Our Children" 

"Children in Foster Care" 

(presenter Tom Rawlings, Georgia Child Advocate) 

"Children with Disabilities" 

(presenter Dr. Lara Robinson, Healthy Parenting Fellow, Center for Disease Control's National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities); and

"Prevention of Child Abuse" 

(presenter DePriest Waddy, CEO, Prevent Child Abuse Georgia) 
Please call 770-498-2141 for more information and to RSVP for this event.

2009 Interfaith Pilgrimage

for Immigrants

Please go to ICM Calendar for more details on this prayerful walk for love and justice.

Tuesday, April 7


(8 miles)


Wednesday, April 8


(12 miles) 

Thursday, April 9


(8 miles) 

Friday, April 10 


(full route is 8 miles with several opt-in/opt-out possibilities)

Mark Your Calendar Worthwhile Events by ICM, 

ICM Partners & Others

Full ICM Calendar

Tuesday, April 7
6:30 p.m. 

ICM Advocacy Committee meeting at Frazier, Soloway & Poorack, P.C., 1800 Century Place, Suite 100, Atlanta. 


Saturday, April 18

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Citizenship Day Naturalization Drive and Information Session sponsored by the Atlanta Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), in partnership with Catholic Charities, Inc., Refugee Resettlement & Immigration Services of Atlanta, Latin American Association, North Fulton Bar Association and Child Development Association. Questions? E-mail Chair Elizabeth L.A. Garvish at

This is a free event.


Tuesday, April 216:30 p.m. ICM General Membership Meeting at Druid Hills United Methodist Church, 1200 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta. 


The following topics will be presented:"Children in Foster Care"  (presenter Tom Rawlings, Georgia Child Advocate) 


"Children with Disabilities"  (presenter Dr. Lara Robinson, Center for Disease Control); and


"Prevention of Child Abuse"  (presenter DePriest Waddy, CEO, Prevent Child Abuse Georgia) 


Saturday, July 25

9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Sunday, July 26

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

16th Annual Asian Cultural Experience (ACE) at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097.

For more information go to:


ICM Mission and Goals


The Interfaith Children's Movement was formed in 2001 as an intentional association of individuals and communities of faith from all religious traditions.

The Interfaith Children's Movement strives to be a voice for all Georgia children, but especially the poor and marginalized whose voices are often unheard.  


ICM works closely with Georgia's policy-oriented child advocacy organizatons, such as: 

  • Voices for Georgia's Children, 

  • The Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic at Emory University, 

  • Georgia Appleseed, 

  • JUSTGeorgia, 

  • Prevent Child Abuse Georgia and 

  • A Future.Not a Past. (child prostitution prevention).  

These organizations set the agenda for our advocacy work for children.  

ICM's faith community members provide a megaphone to the legislature about what needs to be done for children.

Doing what we are called to do. 

 Doing what we are able to do.  

 Doing what must be done! 

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