Kids in Danger
Kids in Danger
116 W. Illinois
PND NPO Spotlight (4/05/05) -- Kids in Danger
To educate, advocate, and promote children's product safety.
About the Organization:
Kids In Danger (KID) was founded by the parents of sixteen-month-old Danny Keysar, who died in his licensed childcare facility when a portable crib collapsed around his neck.
Although the crib had been recalled five years earlier, word of its danger had not reached his parents, caregiver, or a state inspector who visited the home eight days prior to the tragedy. Mobilizing their grief, Danny's parents, University of Chicago professors Linda Ginzel and Boaz Keysar, established KID so that potentially dangerous products never reach the marketplace. Since its inception, KID has worked to convince policymakers to address safety standards and recall procedures.
The Health Care Providers Outreach Program educates parents and caregivers about dangerous and recalled children's products; Teach Early Safety Testing encourages designers and engineers to incorporate safety and testing into product development; and Test It Now! advocates for legislation requiring pre-market testing of children's products. Each year at a fundraising event, KID honors an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to children's product safety with its Best Friend Award.
The KID Web site contains updates on current children's product safety information, as well as an archive of news releases dating to 1998; a list of publications such as research reports, fact sheets, and the KID's Action newsletter; specifics on product hazards and how to protect your child; Family Voices, stories of parents whose children have been injured or killed by unsafe products; and ways to contribute to the organization beyond charitable donations.
KID receives half its funding from gifts from individuals; the remainder is from grants, with some small contributions from corporations.