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In Support Of Children

In Support of Children an Old Dominion University student organization was formed in January 1992 by Dr. Karen A. Polonko and students in her Child Welfare class. In Support of Children is composed of faculty, staff, and students of Old Dominion University who are deeply concerned about the treatment of children in our society. It is our philosophy that we must ensure that all children are treated with respect and dignity as human beings. Our main focus to date has been on ending ALL forms of violence against children: physical, sexual, verbal and emotional. In Support of Children helps educate students and the public through its sponsorship educational programs, film festivals, the distribution of its pamphlet "Parenting from the Heart: Ways to Happier, Healthier Children" and its bumper sticker "It's NEVER ok to HIT A CHILD". 

ISOC is a non-partisan, non-profit service organization whose purpose is to advocate for an end to all forms of child maltreatment, especially physical punishment of children and for the promotion of positive parenting techniques. ISOC Advocacy and Educational programming is provided for the Old Dominion University Community and the wider Hampton Roads Community.