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Author and Passionate Spokesperson Karen Jean Matsko Hood as a Child Advocate Speaks out for the Children

Karen Jean Matsko Hood has always been concerned for children who have no voice in society. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) for the Spokane County court system. Her work with children extends to her own family because she has been an adoptive and foster mother for many years. Her heart is burdened with the abused and neglected children in the United States. Through her research, writing, and volunteer work, Hood works constantly to change the current status of the foster care system and be a voice in the community for the voiceless.

Children are at risk in many areas in the United States and worldwide. Each state involved maintains laws with different levels of protection for children. Various individual states have spent millions of dollars to establish systems that benefit this voiceless segment of society in the margins. The persons most at risk in this situation are the children aged zero to three. There must be attention and funding given to revamp the deliverable systems to the children. To reform the system, to better protect the rights of children, it will not only take political reform, but also a broad social awareness not currently discussed in today's culture.

This website serves as an information network to provide assistance with the growing problem of child abuse and neglect in the United States and in other countries. It also serves as a network of communication to find solutions and treatment for the victims of child abuse and neglect.

**Look for two articles coming soon**
1. For the Love of Children 2. Child Advocate/Child Consultant

For more information about the author, poet, and researcher Karen Jean Matsko Hood, visit www.karenjeanmatskohood.com or www.karenhood.com.