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“Jailhouse tattoos. Cold stares. Outlaw gangs. These are images to come to mind for many when they hear the word “bikers.” But there’s an international organization of bikers that puts that tough reputation to good use: to help children.” – Peder Haden on WJCT
Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA)
Who is BACA?
Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (B.A.C.A.) exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. We exist as a body of Bikers to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live. – http://bacaworld.org
“We are all volunteers and we help abused kids by “adopting” them into the BACA family, going to court with them and anything else
required to help take away the fear that they have, empower them, and get them back to being a kid again.” Joker, President of the Santa Cruz chapter
How does BACA empower kids to feel brave in the face of fear?
The child is given the name and number of two B.A.C.A. Members living closest to them, who then become the child’s primary contacts. Bikers are cleared for participation by passing an extensive background check, have ridden with the Chapter for at least a year, and have received special instructions from the Licensed Mental Health Professional.
Anytime the child feels scared and feels the need for the presence of his new B.A.C.A. family, the child may call upon these bikers to go to the child’s house and provide the necessary reassurance to feel safe and protected.
B.A.C.A. Members and supporters also support the children by: providing escorts for them if they feel scared in their neighborhoods; riding by their homes on a regular basis; supporting the children at court and parole hearings; attending their interviews, and staying with the children if they are alone and frightened. The B.A.C.A. Members never go to the child’s house alone and never without the knowledge or permission of the parents.
“No Child Deserves to Live In Fear”
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Go to http://bacaworld.org/mission/ for more information.
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