Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children



Kennedy at Rose Garden Signing

First printed in the Baptist Messenger May 13, 2003.

President George Bush announces the signing of a child protection bill creating a nationwide system to help find kidnapped children. OBHC President Tony Kennedy was at the signing which took place in the White House Garden.

Tony Kennedy, president of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, was among the invited guests at the White House Rose Garden when President George Bush signed a far-reaching child protection bill creating a nationwide system to help find kidnapped children and imposing tougher penalties on child abusers, kidnappers, and pornographers.

Kennedy, who participated in the White House Conference on Missing, Exploited, and Runaway Children last October, said, "It is gratifying to see a problem affecting Oklahoma children addressed and acted upon at the national level. I was honored to represent Oklahoma Baptists and am thrilled that Baptists are at the fore-front of addressing the needs of children and families."

Kennedy added that Oklahoma Baptists are taking positive steps to help children and have done so for 100 years.

"Not only are we helping abused and neglected children by providing hope and homes, we are helping the unborn through the ministries of our Hope Pregnancy Centers and maternity home," he said. "As Christians, we have a responsibility to help protect children. I agree with President Bush when he said that the heart of loving children will come from churches. I am thankful Oklahoma Baptists have a love for children and are concerned enough to get involved in their protection."

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