The Joyful Child Foundation


The Joyful Child Foundation’s goal is to ensure that every child is exposed to personal safety education and opportunities to practice in order to cultivate each child’s instinctual response to recognize, avoid, and if necessary, physically resist and escape inappropriate behaviors or violence. To meet this challenge, we have developed programs for parents and children to effectively reach every community.

The Joyful Child trains teachers, non-profit partners, and law enforcement agencies to deliver our programs to children and parents. Contributions support our programs and sponsor trainings for those who cannot afford them.


The Joyful Child Foundation—In Memory of Samantha Runnion is a 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization founded in 2002 after the abduction, molestation and murder of five-year old Samantha Runnion. In order to prevent child sexual abuse and abduction The Joyful Child Foundation will:

Be the resource for concerned parents to engage in the movement to stop predatory crimes against children.

Provide proactive education and empowerment tools to children and parents.

Facilitate collaboration among individuals, non- profit organizations, schools, businesses, and government to create sustainable community initiatives to ensure that safety education for child protection continue in perpetuity.

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