There's no license or special training required to be a parent, but based on some of the news reports we've filed lately, maybe there ought to be.
Just a couple of weeks ago, here in Wilmington, a 10-month-old baby was temporarily taken away from its parents after authorities say they left the child home alone while they went out drinking. Last week a woman in Dayton, Ohio was arrested on a charge of aggravated murder. She's accused of killing her baby girl in a microwave oven.
Sadly, there are many more stories like this where people, ill-prepared to become parents, do so anyway. And sadder still, there's rarely anyone who steps up to speak for the child who's in danger and unable to speak for him or herself.
There are dozens of community organizations, support groups and government agencies that can help. If you know a parent who's struggling with the challenges and responsibilities of caring for their children, or have reason to believe a child may be in danger, please don't look the other way. Counsel the parent and stand up for the child. As a community, we have a responsibility to safeguard the children who cannot speak up for themselves.