Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act

by Jennifer Donovan

We can’t control what happens to us, but we can measure how we are going to react to it. Adam Walsh’s parents are a perfect example. Over 20 years ago, their son was abducted. That’s a horrible tragedy, no matter how you look at it, but they have used it to springboard their cause of action — to help keep other children safer.

Because of them, we know what a “Code Adam” is. If you lose your child in a public place, a quick lockdown goes into action, assuring that the child will not leave with anyone but you.

For that I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act calls for a National Sex Offender registry, so that those who victimize children can avoid just moving from state to state, but most states will not be in compliance by the July deadline. Want to know what you can do about it? See more information about making sure that your state is moving towards compliance HERE.

I have to admit that I don’t check those registries, and it occurs to me that I probably should. I could be sending my daughter to play at someone’s home whose son or husband or live-in grandfather preys on young girls. It’s sobering.

Yes, I do think that some people’s names are on those registries who probably shouldn’t be, and I wonder what being permanently branded as a sex offender does for their ability to rehabilitate, BUT I also know that it’s been proven that people are likely to engage in these crimes over and over again. And for that reason, this registry actually serves to aid those who are trying to rehabilitate by forcefully limiting their interaction with children.

Do you check these registries? If so, how does that change the way you seek to protect your children?

Written by contributing editor Jennifer Donovan, of Snapshot and 5 Minutes for Books.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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