“When we correct the factors that keep children at risk, we can make a difference in the lives of those children and the adults they’ll grow up to be.”

Mary Frances Bowley

Children are meant to imagine bright futures and chase them. But for the millions of at-risk children in America, hope is lost in the heavy fog of trauma. Make it Zero is a call to bring it back.

Tying shocking statistics to real stories, Make it Zero  explores various forms of childhood vulnerability and offers specific ways for everyone to end them. It reveals the world of opportunity behind a single moment of compassion, and it teaches us that when we help the hopeless dream again, we ourselves come more alive.

A book for everyone—moms, dads, teachers, bus drivers, nurses, whomever—it calls us to fulfill our responsibility to children and build a world that is safe for every last one.

Each of us is only one person, but one person determined to act is powerful. Moments can multiply into movements and create groundswells of change. Make it Zero is your moment. Be inspired. Be empowered. Then bring hope to every child.



Mary Frances Bowley

Mary Frances Bowley

Mary Frances Bowley is the Founder of Wellspring Living, an organization fighting childhood sexual abuse and exploitation since 2001. She has been a leader in bringing the fight against child sex-trafficking to Atlanta and is a founding member of the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force.

Mary Frances was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence in 2010.  She was awarded the Martin Luther King Community Service Award and the AKA Humanitarian Award.  She is also the author of A League of Dangerous Women andThe White Umbrella.  Mary Frances resides in Peachtree City with her husband, Dick.  She has 2 sons and 3 grandsons.

Jennifer Bradley Franklin

Jennifer Bradley Franklin

Jennifer Bradley Franklin is a multi-platform journalist and editor, specializing in travel, food and lifestyles. Her work appears in USA Today, Delta SKY, American Way, People, Food Network and a host of others. She holds an ABJ in Journalism from the University of Georgia’s Grady College.

Jennifer has ridden a camel in Morocco, dug ditches in a remote Kenyan village, been taught to make gnocchi by a master chef in Florence and learned to surf in Australia. However, one of her greatest joys as been immersing herself in some of the biggest concerns facing America’s young people – weighty issues like poverty, hunger and much more – through the research and writing of Make it ZERO.