Welcome to Karl's Kids Program Informational Website

Karl's Kids Program, Inc. is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Public Charity working with young children, teens, young adults and people with disabilities on many topics ranging from safety issues to hobbies to enjoy with their family, friends and members of their communities. The Program often makes use of a person's love of animals especially dogs to educate and to entertain.

In the very beginning of KsKs our main focus was on the children and their safety but as some of those early children grew up we wanted to continue working with them and those people important in their lives.

We then went out into their Community to work on other projects and activities which would impact those children and the people who were a part of their daily life.

One such project was to encourage the education of individuals on the care and training of the family pet. We also worked with other groups to foster and make available for adoption suitable animals for a family pet. We believed that by helping pets, even those not going into a family with children, we were still staying with our original goal of protecting a child's safety by assisting owners of any pet being introduced into a community.

Some of our children had disabilities or a family member or someone close to them had a disability. Along with companion pets, we then expanded into a project dealing with Assistance Dogs.

On the local home base area, Karl's Kids is an educational partner with the Putnam County, FL Office of Emergency Management ESF #17. Emergency Support Function #17 deals with safety of the county animals from mitigating to planning to preparing to response to recovery. By helping keep the family pets and livestock safe we help protect the families who own them and the communities in which these animals are located.

The Program makes use of various means to accomplish the goals of our projects and activities. We have web sites and forums, prepare training materials, talk to groups of children and adults, set up information booths, and disburse handouts. Our volunteers are active in many groups and are encouraged to participate in other charitable organizational activities and help on a local scale in their community.

Karl's Kids Program does not get involved in controversial situations and never promotes any one religious or political party view. We encourage a pride of country and of the family unit.

Our Mascot

Our first organization mascot was Axel vom Riverhaus CGC aka Karl for whom the organization was named. Karl was owned by the founder of Karl's Kids until his passing on March 31, 2013.

Registered through the American Kennel Club (AKC) as Axel vom Riverhaus
Black & Tan Male German Shepherd Dog

Our second and current mascot is Pyro vom Wildhaus aka Kaleb. Kaleb was born in Michigan (Wildhaus Kennels) on December 19, 2014. He is owned by the founder of Karl's Kids and is currently undergoing training for his various careers.

Kaleb's Resume:

Registered through the American Kennel Club (AKC) as Pyro vom Wildhaus
Bi-Colored Male German Shepherd Dog

Certs and Titles
AKC S.T.A.R Puppy
Currently working on AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Title

Careers
Current is
* Mascot for Karl's Kids Program, Inc.
* Companion for family

In training for
* Community Demo
* Assistance (Service) Dog for owner

Our Mission

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Karl's Kids Program, Inc. is to educate on safety topics; to assist children, teens, young adults, and people with disabilities in having a good quality of life; and to promote family and community values through various means including but not limited to the natural bond between a person and an animal, primarily that of the dog.

Previous Mission Statement

The mission of Karl's Kids Program, Inc. is to educate children on safety topics; to assist a child in having a good quality of life; and to promote family and community values through various means including but not limited to the natural bond between a child and an animal, primarily that of the dog.

Our Non-Discrimination Policy

The Karl's Kids Program, Inc. organization does not advocate, support, or practice unlawful discrimination based on age, ethnicity, gender, national origin, disability, race, size, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background.

Our Purpose

THE PURPOSE OF KARL'S KIDS PROGRAM

1. The organization is organized exclusively for charitable and/or educational purposes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

2. To promote through education of children a better understanding of basic safety rules and regulations including but not limited to fire, traffic, household hazards and personal safety topics.

3. To promote through educational and entertaining projects for children a love of reading and creative skills.

4. To promote through education of the community by various methods including but not limited to workshops, websites, forums and newsletters, ways in which the community can assist in the care of a child's basic needs.

5. To work in the community through projects and activities to assist in supplying materials to help in the care of a child's basic needs including but not limited to food, clothing, comfort items and educational supplies.

6. To help support and promote with assistance, materials and volunteers as available other organizations to work toward furthering our goals of assisting in the care and rehabilitation of children with a disability or disorder that seriously interferes with what is commonly known as a good quality of life. These include but are not limited to physical, emotional and psychiatric disabilities or disorders.

7. To provide through a scholarship program for the assistance of a post-secondary education for the promoting of our program ideas and goals. The amounts, numbers of scholarships and requirements are to be determined by a Program Scholarship Committee to be appointed by the President of the Karl’s Kids Program.

8. To oversee the formation of different subprograms (which will be known as Projects) and activities under the umbrella of Karl’s Kids Program, Inc. all in keeping with the purpose of the program.

9. To help support and promote with assistance, materials and volunteers as available other 501(c)(3)s that deal with children or companion, sport or working animal issues.

10. To help support and promote with assistance, materials and volunteers as available state registered nonprofits which promote this organization's goals and purposes.

11. To assist in the giving of financial aid and volunteers as available to any state accredited school (daycare, elementary, middle or high school) for their programs, clubs or projects that are in keeping with the purposes of this organization.

12. To promote and provide Humane Education to children, their families and their communities in a better understanding of the care, handling and training of pet, sport and working animals -- primarily canines. This education is to also show how animals enrich the lives of the community and those individuals who use them as Assistance, Emotional Support, Therapy, Trained Companion, Law Enforcement, Military, Search and Rescue, Fire Rescue, Fire Department and other working animals

13. To help sponsor, support, and work with Assistance, Emotional Support, Trained Companion and Therapy Dogs which may include but not limited to the breeding or rescuing, raising, sheltering and training of canines to be used by members of the community.

14. To provide assistance for the care or sheltering of family pets during emergency situations through Program outreach projects or other organization community programs. To provide assistance for the care or sheltering of companion animals that are in need of rescue, shelter, foster, adoption or medical care to then be placed in forever homes.

Our Values

Karl's Kids Program, Inc. was founded with the dream to bring together a child's love for dogs and a need to educate while protecting a child. The Board of Directors and Staff of Karl's Kids insists on quality of services on all fronts. To this end Directors and Staff are continuously striving to further their knowledge through education or work experience on how best to fulfill their duties.

The Projects and Activities of Karl's Kids continue to develop as needs change. Volunteers always know who they report to with feedback about ongoing projects and activities. In addition all volunteers have the ability to direct access major feedback or concerns to the Executive Director without a forced system of chain of command.

Public trust is the greatest asset of the corporation. The first duty of the members of the Board and of the Staff is to protect those assets by ensuring that all actions that they perform in the name of KsKs are able to withstand any scrutiny or standard evaluation.

Funding given to the corporation through donation or fundraising or through grants is at all times and on all levels handled in an honest and open manner.

CODE OF CONDUCT AND ETHICS FOR BOARD MEMBERS AND STAFF

I. The rules and principles set forth in this Code are general in nature and the compliance with the Code shall be ensured read with other applicable policies and procedures of the Organization. The Directors and Staff may contact the Compliance Committee for assistance in interpreting the requirements of this Code.

The Board shall review this Code of Conduct and Ethics for Board Members and Staff from time to time and the Board of Directors shall approve any amendments to this Code.

II. The Members of the Board of Directors and the Organization Staff are required to conduct their organization duties in an honest, fair, diligent and ethical manner, with the highest degree of integrity and accountability, within the scope of the authority conferred upon them and in accordance with the Articles of Incorporation as Modified, the Corporation By-Laws, and internal
Organization Policies and Procedures.

The Organization strives to maintain a position as a role model to the community, principally to the children, and as such must conduct themselves in keeping with the morals of the Organization while representing the Organization in any manner. The Board of Director members and members of the Staff may not represent the Organization while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs or use any form of tobacco product while a representative of the Organization. The representative members must also conduct their speech and actions in an appropriate fashion. Dress Code and Personal Hygiene of a member while representing the Organization or giving the appearance of representing the Organization must be in keeping with the views and “in the eyes of a reasonable person.”

The Board will from time to time review its governing papers and expect of itself and Staff members ethical and business-like conduct. This commitment includes proper use of authority and appropriate decorum in-group and individual behavior when acting as a Board Member or in any representative Staff position of the organization.

III. Board members and Staff must represent, with unconflicted loyalty, the interests of the organization as allowed under local, state, and federal laws.

Board members and Staff must avoid any conflict of interest with respect to their fiduciary responsibility.

A conflict of interest exists where the interests or benefits of one person or entity conflict with the interests or benefits of the Organization. Relationships with individuals or other organizations must not affect the independent and sound judgment on behalf of the Organization.

Directors Staff are required to disclose to the Board as a whole any situation that may be, or appear to be, a conflict of interest.

Helping the community by serving on Boards of other nonprofit or welfare organizations is encouraged, and does not require prior approval. Notification of serving on other Boards must be reported to the Board of Directors in a timely manner. This is to ensure that there is no appearance of a potential conflict to any interested parties.

Directors and Staff shall not use personal influence to make the Organization do business with a company/institution in which his or her relatives are interested. If a Board Member or member of the Staff learns that the organization is doing business, where that business is receiving a more than token benefit, with a relative or with an entity in which a relative is associated in any significant role, then disclosure must be made at once. If a member of the Board of Directors or a Staff member learn that the organization is planning on doing business, where that business is receiving a more than token benefit, with a relative or with an entity in which a relative is associated in any significant role, then disclosure must be made at once to the Board of Directors as a whole and prior approval shall be obtained.

The Board of Directors and Staff members shall not accept lavish gifts or gratuities or any offer, payment, promise to pay, or authorization to pay any money, or anything of value that could be interpreted to adversely affect organization decisions or likely to compromise their personal or professional integrity. Gift items of nominal value, such as small promotional items bearing another organization’s name, business meals, gifts received because of personal relationships and not because of official position, mementos received because of attending a workshop or conference and other customary gifts are allowed.

Beginning in 2008, the members of the Board of Directors and all Staff will be required to sign an annual Conflict of Interest Statement, which will state any other organization that may be in conflict or have the look of being in conflict with this organization.

Board members must not use their position to obtain for themselves, family members, or close associates, Staff positions within the Organization. Such an individual may apply for a Staff position and/or a Board member may recommend them, but they must show them self to be qualified for the position and be considered on a level with any non-family member or other associate volunteer.

The Organization nonprofit and tax-exempt assets and other
resources must be used only to further the organization’s mission and nonprofit purpose, and not to serve the personal interests of any individual.

IV. Fundraising events and solicitations of the Organization must comply with any required reporting, record keeping and registration procedures. Fundraising activities and solicitations made on behalf of the Organization must be truthful, accurate and complete.

The Organization will abide by laws that govern local-, state- and federal-funded grants including appropriate expenditures and accurate reporting of funds received.

V. Board members may not attempt to exercise individual authority over the Organization or Staff except as explicitly set forth in the Organization Governance Papers.

The Board of Director members and Staff members shall read and fully understand this Code of Conduct and Ethics and comply with the Code. They shall furnish an acknowledgement of such by signing and returning an official organization form that will be supplied for this acknowledgement.

This Code of Conduct and Ethics is adopted effective April 1, 2008, and may be amended, revised, altered or revoked by the Organization at any time by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

Our Vision

OUR VISION

Our Vision is to educate children, their families, and the communities in which they live on safety issues in an entertaining and age appropriate manner. We will accomplish this task through our various websites and forums, by giving workshops and holding scheduled classes within the community, and by assisting other organizations by forming community partnerships.

We will assist children, their families, and their communities, before, during, and after emergency situations to the best of our ability and in keeping within the guidance of our Corporation Articles, By-Laws, and Policies. We will continue to encourage our staff and volunteers to educate themselves through coursework and hands-on experience so they may be better prepared to work in their own communities if the need would arise.

We will continue to promote a safe and humane bond between children and their pets and other animals they have contact with. This will be accomplished by continuing our animal activities for children. Our staff and volunteers will have more than a basic knowledge in the area in which they participate. We will continue to draw from individuals who have a knowledge and experience through coursework or in the field training. These individuals will be encouraged to continue their involvement in their communities and outreach programs in the different project and activity areas.

We will advocate for working dogs in the community through workshops, talks, websites, community activities, and participating in the training and testing of approved candidates.