Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What about the children?

Rep. Jeannie Darneille
For the millions of mothers and fathers who have lost their jobs in the Great Recession, Thanksgiving 2011 may be a less festive occasion than it was before the economy crashed. The impact on them, of course, extends well beyond fewer courses on the holiday table or smaller servings of cranberry sauce. And the economic downtown also takes a heavy toll on others gathering with them for the meal: their children.
Rep. Jeannie Darneille joined with Sen. Debbie Regala to host a community forum in their Tacoma district to hear from children and their parents about what the recession means to families. The Nov. 15 forum drew more than 100 people to Jason Lee Middle School.
The forum was modeled after a similar program in Connecticut that led to legislation addressing the needs of children in hardship.
To learn more, read Sen. Regala’s report on the forum.