Our mission is to be proactive in the effort to decline the number of infant and child deaths due to pediatric vehicular heatstroke. Our goal is to promote the slogan “Don’t Forget Your Child! - In The Back Seat”, in response to the rising number of infants and children who are dying in the back seat each year because their caregiver forgot to drop them off at daycare on their way to work.
The DFYC! Gift Bag is a collection of visible resources for parents, grandparents, caregivers and school bus drivers made available to assist in the total elimination of the growing tragedy of forgetting children in the backseat of vehicles. An average of 37 children die each year after their parents/caregivers either forget to drop them off at their daycare or by parents who intentionally leave them behind.
There are many reasons given for this forgetfulness such as changes in routine, preoccupation with daily jobs, cellphone distractions and overloaded burdens of daily living. The character of the parents range from professionals, school teachers, pastors and dedicated moms and dads who cannot fathom this occurring to them. However, the statistics show that it does happen to the most caring parents who are devastated by losing a child to such a horrific death, changing their lives forever.
These visible resources can be placed in vehicles, homes and offices and serve as reminders to parents thus keeping them alert to this danger. Now is the time for parents/caregivers to be proactive and accept the possibility that this tragedy can happen to anyone regardless of their dedication and commitment to their children. With the spreading of the message, Don’t Forget Your Child in the Backseat, this tragedy can be reduced and hopefully eliminated.