Broken families, poverty, homelessness, abuse, drug & alcohol addiction, suicide, incarceration…the list goes on for the deep challenges faced by too many of our most vulnerable citizens, our youth. ChildHelp.org reports, “…Every year more than 3.6 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving more than 6.6 million children (a report can include multiple children). The United States has among the worst records among industrialized nations – losing on average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect.”
Statistics have proven that children who grow up in loving, nurturing and stable environments, have much greater chances of avoiding adverse and traumatic experiences. Children need more opportunities to gain the critical life skills needed to survive, and thrive in this fast paced, technology driven, and bias structured culture.