According to Dr. Robert Block, former president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Adverse childhood experiences (trauma) are the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation today.” Children in the foster care system have experienced trauma in the way of abuse, neglect, and other negative experiences they have had to endure. The current foster care system fails to address this trauma, which is the root cause of criminality, violence, and mental, emotional, and physical disease that can last a lifetime.
Negative experiences impact the composition of a child’s brain and alter brain development. However, research in brain science has proven that due to the neuroplasticity of the brain, the effects of trauma can be healed (and in a relatively short period of time). Healing this trauma and enabling children’s lives to take a different trajectory is the mission of our organization.