The Sound of Freedom in Missouri

the movie:  Sound of freedom

I saw the movie Sound of Freedom this morning in Jefferson City.   It's playing only for a few days, so I hope you'll find a showing in your area and go watch.  It's worth a drive even if it's not playing in your town.

If you haven't heard about it, it's a movie that documents Tim Ballard's experience working as a federal agent catching pedophiles and then rescuing children from trafficking.

I knew it would be heavy.  It was.  

The little boy in the movie had dark skin, hair and eyes like my youngest son.  Grant (my baby) is 12 now, but when he was younger he looked a lot like Miguel in the movie.  I found myself thinking about my own boys throughout the movie.  I'm sure you'll do the same and connect your own kids or grandkids to the story.  

Human trafficking is a horrendous reality for millions of children as well as adults.  And although the movie focused on children from far away lands, please make no mistake that it is happening more than we can fathom right here on our own soil.  Right here in Missouri.

missouri foster care IS LOSING OUR KIDS!

When you walk into the movie with an awareness that the Missouri foster care system is LOSING kids and NO. ONE. is screaming about it, you leave with a heaviness that isn't easy to explain.  

Yes.  You read that right.  Missouri is losing kids!

Kids in our foster are system are going missing at a rate that is so alarming it makes my stomach turn.  ANY rate would be too many.  But according to The Missouri Independent, a federal watchdog reported 1,780 kids went MISSING from Missouri's foster care system within TWO AND A HALF YEARS!!  

How in the world does any one system lose nearly 2,000 children!?  

And if they were missing, WHY IN THE WORLD wasn't someone screaming about it!?  That's part of what makes me furious.  Why isn't it in the news?  Why aren't we hearing Amber Alerts, seeing social media posts or news casts about these kids??  And where are the PARENTS?!

I mean.. I know there are parental issues if they are in the custody of the State, but I can't imagine 1,780 Missouri moms just don't care about their kid gone MISSING.

Losing kids is bad enough, but this article published September 30, 2021, states they "...frequently failed to notify local and federal authorities they were missing."  

ARE. YOU. KIDDING. ME!?  Kids go missing and you don't report it!?  This is Missouri's reality.   

These bureaucrats, abusive foster parents & neglectful administrators of group homes need to be prosecuted!

"During the times in which the children were missing from care, Missouri frequently failed to comply with requirements that could have aided in locating them. Nearly half of the case files contained no evidence of Missouri reporting the children as missing, as required, to either local law enforcement or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Additionally, for many missing children, there was no evidence that Missouri made the required notifications and contacts to seek information on the children’s potential whereabouts.? 

Foster care isn't the only place kids are vulnerable to trafficking and I'm not claiming any one person or organization related to our foster care system is responsible or trafficking each one of these 1780 children.  But this is a HUGE problem and I can't un-know it.

I got involved in politics in Missouri because I was worried about the future for my sons.  I can't know these things about kids right here in Missouri and do nothing.  I just cannot look the other way.

2023 Foster Care Legislation
Along with a brilliant friend of mine, I have reviewed every bill the legislature passed this session except the budget bills.  I was surprised to find that the Missouri General Assembly actually passed legislation regarding missing foster kids.

SB 186 is an omnibus public safety bill and includes specific procedures that the children's division is supposed to follow when a child in foster care is missing.  A couple screenshots are below, but the bill is too large to include all the foster care language here.  If you are interested to read it, please click the link to the left to see the final version of the bill.  You can click "Control + F" and type "foster" in the search box.  It will take you to each place where foster care is mentioned.

This bill has been delivered to the governor but it has not been signed.  I expect it will be, although I'm not pleased with everything in this piece of legislation.  I'll be talking more about this bill in the future.

That said, the fact they passed this language for missing foster kids is an admission that they NEED it to be in place for the protection of our kids.  They don't pass legislation for no reason.

Two Frustrations

The movie was well worth seeing, but I had two frustrations with it today.

1.  I wish they'd made the focus of the movie American children.  That wouldn't have been Tim Ballard's story, I understand.  But the movie did not show even one American child being trafficked.  I think it would make an even bigger impact on our culture if it had.  

2.  What now?  They told a horrific story and highlighted this epidemic in our culture, and they didn't give any suggestions of actions you could take to make a difference.  Education without activation is a waste.


This topic is one I've felt passionate about for a while, but honestly I haven't taken the time to dig in and find a way to be involved.  A simple online search led me to lots of information and lists of ways to help fight trafficking.   I'm going to share a few links with you here.  

I'm praying about what, exactly, the Lord may want for me to do in this fight, specifically here in Missouri.  I'll definitely be sharing when He gives me clarity.

At the very least, I'll be writing and sharing more here as I learn.  So stay tuned & be sure to subscribe if you don't want to miss anything.


Deliver Fund is a non-profit org made up of former vets, law enforcement officers, Navy SEALS, CIA, FBI & NSA who are now working to fight human trafficking in the United States.



  1. Elisa Marie Breitenbach  07/05/2023 06:04 AM Central
    We saw the movie Saturday. We bought the last two seats in the theater. They sold out. The movie is priceless. We need many more people like Tim in this world. It was his incredible story of how he became involved with rescuing children. Yesterday we celebrated America's Birthday. Our family also celebrated our grandsons 11th birthday. Here in America many live free.and have their Freedom but many live like the walking dead as if they are in a Twilight Zone. Many are foster children and some are their parents. Parents may file for a divorce and fall into family Court. It's shocking how abusive the entire system can become to children and families and yes it's every state and even worldwide. It's one big money pit. Controled by a lot of bad actor's making a lot of money off the backs of innocence children. I did many radio shows about them. My family also lived through the hellish system. Freedom is not free in this country and we have far to many people who are above the law. It's the reason all of us must be ingaged with our government. We must do all we can to try and help elect God fearing individual's who care about doing what is right for our children and grandchildren than receiving money or power in this world. Evil makes a blindness happen that lets people have blind eyes. God is who gives us decrement and knowledge to be able to know what to do and who to trust in our lives. People don't like to talk politics. Many don't even vote but all of us are controlled from the cradle to the grave by politics. I lost my children for over 10 years to the foster care system. It's a system who truly don't care about children. It's nothing but a big business. No child is save in the arms of the State. To anyone who wants to learn more. You should Google David Wexler. Who was a reporter who dug for answers. When he saw the Truth it changed him for life. Just as it did to Tim. I could write on this endlessly. To anyone who is still reading this Thank You but please understand anyone can and does loose their children and grandchildren to foster care. Foster children have no Freedom. Everything they have ever known and loved is taken away from them. Many never graduate. Big Pharma has been allowed to use them as Drug Rats.. No one in their right mind would continue paying this evil system to take care of innocence children that harms much more than it saves and who have the out comes as they do for children. Children are for sale in foster care. They take them away from parents and make little videos of them to adopt them out. The adoptions bring in great money. It's another money pit that needs to be exposed. Hospital's do medical kidnapping to make money off children. The book Will you still love me if I did? Is a book written well over 40 years ago. The mother who wrote it gave her testimony back when I gave mine years ago about my children. Her little daughter was taken away and put in a hospital in 10 point restraints. Where she cried so hard she threw up and drowned in her own vomit. You don't even want to know how hard it is to get any medical records of children after something like this happens. Can you believe even after a child is killed by there people they sometimes don't even let parents bury their child? The system is truly Evil. I pray many more will care and expose it.
  2. I purchased tickets but didn’t go to this show. I have a chronic cough and didn’t want to disrupt others by coughing during the showing. 🥲 Is there any way it can be viewed without going into a theatre?
  3. Yes, Jodi, it is horrendously evil to say the least. I would be careful dogging what these brave men have done. They went through a lot to make this movie. This is a worldwide evil. We have to stop it worldwide! Yes, I saw the movie too. I have been researching this, and praying daily for kids. I get involved by praying, taking care of my kids and donating to these organizations. As far as the foster system, wow… that’s so hard. Especially when the government is involved. I pray we, as loving parents/Americans will be able to step up and take some kids into our own homes. And keep them out of the foster system. I’m praying that for my family! Thank you for your heart and all you do! I want to help in any way I can.
  4. Carla dahlquist  07/03/2023 10:37 PM Central
    Jodi have you looked at the foster system generally? No matter what state, it is horrific!!!
    45 years ago I found myself in it for a bit....
    One house was a horse farm... kool.... NOT
    They only took in kids to be hands on the farm.
    I thought i would love being there, sadly I quickly learned I hated it!
    From 5am to 6 sometimes 7pm we were to be busy in the yard... meaning cleaning stalls or pulling weeds and such. For breakfast we got 1 cup of oatmeal, lunch a single peanut butter sandwich from day old bread, dinner was usually a hot dog, green beans, and a slice of day old bread. Their children generally had 3 course meals. We couldn't sit at their table, nope, we had a special table in the back room used for laundry and extra food storage. All cabinets, including dishes were locked with master locks.
    The refrigerator was locked as well.
    I ended up being moved to another home that just signed up and thought woooohooooo.
    That tooooo quickly turned to missery...misery.... she would go to work, and he was in charge.
    He was meaner then a rabid dog 😪. He drank 24/7 and it showed. We were given peanut butter on a piece of bread for every meal.
    Each one would just get worse. And each time I would run. I nearly got destroyed by one of my rides. He almost got me to the point that he could do whatever to me. I decided the only way I would like through this is to jump and jump now.... so that's what I did. I don't know how I didn't breat many bones, but got lucky and only 1 got broke. I later found a stick and string and straighten my finger back out and tied a make shift splint. This same stuff happened over and over.
    It finally stopped when I got married at 16.
    I got lucky and found an amazing man whom I am still married to today nearly 44 years later 🥰

    The reason I tell you this, is because the entire foster system needs an overhaul of the entire program. It was beyond horrible in 1975 and way worse now.
    The only thing that these people want is the kids... it Isa huge money maker (a cash cow, if you will). If the high incentives were taken away, they would likely scream
    Some how the Child Protection Services Departments all need tobe dismantled and started over from scratch. Changing what's required of them, and making a very clear list of specific requirements!!!
  5. I is insane to think that almost 2,000 kids go missing from Foster Care and no one is talking about it. This is just in Missouri....add up all 50 states. How many kids are going missing and we are not hearing that it is a problem. I plan on seeing the movie tomorrow. I would love to connect. Please add me to your mailing list.

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