SOURCE: Thursday's Child

December 07, 2007 18:02 ET

Thursday's Child International Hotline for At-Risk Children at Risk of Being Shut Down

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - December 7, 2007) - Thursday's Child, operating 1 (800) USA-KIDS, a 24-hour hotline for at-risk children, is in danger of having its phone line disconnected by AT&T, because of a relatively small phone bill the charity cannot afford. To date, less than $8,000 has been received in outside funds. Presently owed is approximately $3000 to AT&T for its toll-free service and to Verizon for local service. AT&T has already sent out a disconnection notice.

While President Bush continues to battle Congress for $196 billion to help liberate the Iraqi citizens, Thursday's Child has battled to stay afloat with no government funds available whatsoever. This year Thursday's Child lost out on a significant portion of the $400,000 SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) made available, through the Garrett Leigh Smith Memorial Act, to California for teen suicide hotlines, because Dr. Steven Mayberg, director of the California Commission on Mental Health Services, refused to fill out the necessary forms.

Thursday's Child stands alone in that it has the only live-answered child hotline in the nation with no hold times, no wait times, nor buttons to press. It has the only 800 toll-free directory listings for anorexia, bulimia, child abuse, eating disorders, exploited children, missing children, teen alcoholism, teen pregnancy, teen prostitution or teen-related STDs. No other hotline is listed with the 800 toll-free directory for missing children. No other 24-hour hotline for eating disorders exists. At present, more than 25,000 families are served by the hotline every year.

Since its inception in 1982, no salaries have been taken. 100% of all monies contributed have gone towards program services.

Among Thursday's Child's achievements this past year are: (1) the mobilization bloodhound teams to search for and find missing children at night when other organizations were asleep; (2) the reunification of runaways with their families; (3) the prevention of countless suicides among teens that have called; and (4) The termination of more than 50 hardcore child pornography websites.

The charity urgently needs public support to keep its services ongoing, especially now in the Christmas season.

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Contact Information


    Thursday's Child
    Don Austen
    Founder and President
    (818) 893-4400
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