Tom "Taylor" Pyles is a child abuse survivor and the founder The Blue Ribbon Project. He has been a police officer with Annapolis Police Department for over a decade and is assigned as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Section. When not working, you'll find him spending time with his family and out enjoying the countryside on two wheels.
Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's lawyers declined on Saturday to directly address sexual abuse allegations from federal prosecutors, who asserted that he molested at least four boys decades ago when he served as a high school wrestling coach.
Hastert, 74, faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when sentenced later this month for his guilty plea in October to a federal charge of illegally structuring large bank withdrawals in small increments to evade currency-reporting rules.
As part of that plea, the former Republican speaker of the House of Representatives admitted paying $1.7 million in cash to someone he had known for decades as hush money and compensation for unspecified wrongdoing toward that individual.
In it's continuing mission to support foster youth, we have launched a separate website called FosterLink. FosterLink is an on-line community comprised of foster youth, former foster youth, as well as various professionals from the community. You'll find a wealth of information and resource articles on a variety of personal topics.
Please take a moment to visit the FosterLink website at www.fosterlink.org
Jolene Philo's first child, Allen, was born with a life-threatening birth defect that required 7 surgeries from birth to age 5. The first occurred when he was 12 hours old, landing him in the NICU for 3 weeks. As literally hundreds of medical tests and procedures were performed on her son, Jolene was told, "Don't worry - babies don't feel any pain" and "he'll never remember these surgeries and hospital visits when he's older."
But in adolescence, Allen seemed to become two different kids. At times, Allen was "the curious, talented, happy son he'd been when he was younger," Philo reported. "But at other times, he became a secretive, self-destructive teenager who sometimes just 'ran away.'" Because Allen remained highly successful in school, teachers, counselors and therapists brushed aside the Philos' concerns.
The pattern of running away continued until Allen was 26, and he asked his parents for help. Within a week of meeting with counselors and therapists at a cutting-edge outpatient clinic in Morgantown, WV, Allen was diagnosed with PTSD. Although he had not realized what was causing his self-destructive behavior, he told his mother, "For the first time in my life, I'm not looking over my shoulder, waiting for them to take me back to surgery."
Jay and Angie Jacobs know firsthand the challenges that come with foster parenting. The interrupted routine, lack of sleep and reduction in quiet times.
"But those pale in comparison when you can see a light bulb go off in a child's eyes when they learn something new, or you can see the love that they have for us and for our girls, it makes it worth it," says Angie. "We've been blessed beyond measure with the children we've had."
The Jacobs family first welcomed two foster children into their home seven years ago. Since then, they've taken care of 15 foster children -- some stays lasted only a night, while others were more than two years.
CHESTERTOWN — Children who are entering foster care in Kent County due to abuse or neglect will have belongings to call their own, thanks to the Backpacks of Love program.
Tom “Taylor” Pyles, a detective with the Annapolis Police Department and founder of the nonprofit The Blue Ribbon Project, gave a presentation Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the Kent County circuit courtroom.
The Blue Ribbon Project serves abused and neglected children, as well as foster youth, in various counties and communities across the state of Maryland. The above counties marked in blue are counties in which we are currently active. The counties highlighted in red are counties in which we are working with county agencies and will be launching soon in that county.
Currently, we serve:
We are expanding to other counties in Maryland (and beyond). If you would like to see our programs offered in your county, please contact us. In order for our programs to be successful, it takes a partnership between us, The Department of Social Services in that particular county, and oftentimes various law enforcement agencies. With these partnerships, we can continue to grow and serve these youth.
FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Child abuse costs nations worldwide billions of dollars a year, experts report.
In high-income nations, the median cost of child abuse equals a loss of 1.2 percent of per capita income, or $150 billion a year in the United States. The estimated cost in China -- a middle-income country -- is $50 billion a year, the experts added.
In East Asia and the Pacific, the cost of emotional child abuse alone is more than $48 billion a year, the researchers said.
The findings, from an international panel of experts, were to be presented Feb. 12 at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C.
In support of child victims of Child Abuse and adult Survivors of Child Abuse, The Blue Ribbon Project offers a variety of programs that directly impact the community. These programs include:
Aging Up...Not Out: This program supports older foster youth as they are preparing for life on their own and will be leaving the foster care system. This program offers a variety of life skills topics that include such things as managing finances, purchasing a vehicle, finding housing, applying for and interviewing for employment, as well as other life skills. These courses are free to foster youth aged 14 and above. Seating is limited and registration is required for each program. Read more...
Backpacks of Love: This program supports victims of child abuse and neglect the moment they are being removed from a dangerous enviroment. Oftentimes, the child is lacking the very basic essentials such as a toothbrush/toothpaste, a change of clothes, etc. The moment a child is removed, The Blue Ribbon Project is notified by Department of Social Services, the Police, or the foster parent receiving the child. A backpack containing those essentials is delivered directly to the child. This gets them through the first few days of care. Read more...
Foster Friends:The Foster Friends Program helps children in care explore extra curricular activities and provides opportunities not normally afforded to them. If a foster child wishes to participate in programs such as soccer, Taekwondo, play a music instrument, take ballet, or other activities, The Blue Ribbon Project will sponsor the child and help enroll and pay for the child to participate. Read more...
Mirah's Closet: Mirah's Closet, a Foster Closet Program offered by The Blue Ribbon Project, provides FREE clothing and other essential items to children who are in foster care. We provide school uniforms, play clothes, pajamas, new underwear, outer clothing, and seasonal items such as coats and bathing suits. We also work to fill other needs of youth in foster care (such as housewares for youth aging out of the foster care system and moving out on their own). All of the items offered by Mirah's closet are mostly new items with the exception of some gently used items. Mirah's Closet provides each family a one on one, boutique style shopping experience where the foster child has a choice in what they would like to keep. Read more...
Speak Up...Speak Out: One of the best ways to fight child abuse is the prevention of abuse and neglect. The Blue Ribbon Project has several speakers from a variety of backgrounds to discuss the topic of child abuse. From law enforcement investigators that speak about recognition of abuse to adult survivors of abuse who share their stories. Read more...
JobConnect: This program helps connect foster youth with prospective employers by assisting with employment searches, job applications, and working with both the youth and the employer. It helps older foster youth get a fresh start in the job market to master the important skills needed in life. Read More...
FosterLink: In it's continuing mission to support foster youth, we have launched a separate website called FosterLink. FosterLink is an on-line community comprised of foster youth, former foster youth, as well as various professionals from the community. You'll find a wealth of information and resource articles on a variety of personal topics. Read More...