Childhood is a treasure and a right. Children embody our richest
aspirations, yet they are also our poorest, most vulnerable minority,
defenseless in the face of abuse, neglect, homelessness and poverty.
In New York City, well over 14,000 children sleep in
shelters every night and every day over 600,000 children go hungry
because they live in households in which parents must regularly choose
between paying the rent and buying food.
Last year, almost 70,000 children were reported
victims of child abuse or neglect. Each and every day, hunger,
homelessness, physical and emotional abuse, abandonment, neglect,
substance abuse, substandard housing, failing schools and disease
endanger children’s welfare and undermine their future.
The Association to Benefit Children (ABC) was created
to amplify the voices of defenseless children by combating the
debilitating effects of poverty and championing the right of every child
to a joyful and nurturing childhood.
ABC creates model programs that are easily
replicable, compassionate, comprehensive, cost-effective and
sustainable. Through them and through widespread advocacy efforts to
enact far-reaching and lasting solutions, ABC has brought relief,
tenderness, joy and hope to many thousands of disadvantaged children.