“We have seen the progress that can be made when society commits to shining a bright light on a crime like domestic violence, and we are seeing the beginning of what can be accomplished if we continue shining that bright light on child abuse. As adults, we have a legal and moral obligation to stand up and speak out for children who are being abused. These children cannot speak for themselves.”
(February 3, 1969—May 30, 2015)
The Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children was created to honor the life of Joseph R. “Beau” Biden, III, and to continue his life’s work: ensuring that all children are free from the threat of abuse.
What We Believe
The Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children was established in June 2015 as an operating non-profit to continue Beau Biden’s commitment to protecting the most vulnerable among us, especially children who have fallen victim to abuse and neglect.
We believe, as Beau did, that no child should be threatened by a predator – either an adult or a peer – and that child abuse is preventable.
We believe the best way to prevent child abuse is to educate adults and children.
We believe the time is now to identify and train the next generation of child welfare professionals.
We believe strengthening national child protection laws is an urgent, attainable goal.
Beau believed in our better angels. He knew the first lines of defense for a child who is bullied are that child’s peers. He knew every child was capable of courage, but that courage without confidence does not inspire action. We will work in schools to teach children skills, and to give them tools and procedures that result in the confidence to report, and stop, bullying.
Raising awareness of the scourge of child abuse isn’t easy; children who are bullied and victims of sexual abuse are experts at camouflaging their emotions. We will work to teach adults to recognize signs of abuse, and implement effective strategies to protect children from becoming victims.