Bikers Against Child Abuse California (B.A.C.A.) Works to Protect Children
Founded by a licensed clinical social worker, this group of bikers raised nearly a million dollars nationwide in 2013 for a number of charities. The club enforces a well-defined set of criteria for its members, requiring fingerprinting and an extensive background check for admission to its ranks.
As a part of its mission statement, B.A.C.A. identifies as its primary objective the creation of “a safe environment for abused children.” Club members are committed to working with local and state mental health and child protective services to take concrete steps to protect children who are at risk. The organization has a specific process for support of abused children, as well as intervention, if necessary. Here’s how it works:
- The club has a designated contact person (“liaison”) who takes calls from referring agencies or individuals
- A “recognized authority” must make a determination that the child is still frightened by his or her environment
- The B.A.C.A. liaison confirms that the case is being processed within the legal system
- The liaison contacts the family and organizes a ride to meet the child in his or her home (or some other location where the child will feel comfortable)
- Club members meet with the child, providing a club vest, bumper stickers and other gifts
- The child is given the name and phone number of the two B.A.C.A. members living closest to him/her. The child may then call those members anytime he or she feels afraid.
- A.C.A. members also escort children who feel unsafe in their homes or neighborhoods, ride by the children’s homes on a regular basis, support children in court proceedings, attend interviews, and stay with children when they feel alone or scared
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