We could care more.
Violence claims more victims than we can see with our eyes. Children who witness or are exposed to traumatic events need healing too.
When young children are exposed to violence in their communities or their homes, it can have lasting consequences. Studies show that these traumatic experiences can severely impact concentration, self-regulation, behavior, emotional and physical health, and more. It can also perpetuate the cycle of violence in our communities!
And yet many people who have daily contact with affected children often overlook the root cause of these symptoms.
The Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Families Act was recently introduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill would help teachers, doctors, social service providers, first responders, and others better assist children who have experienced trauma as a result of their exposure to violence.
YOUR VOICE NEEDED: URGE YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO SUPPORT THE TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ACT.
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls works with children who struggle with the lingering effects of violence-induced trauma. We help children like these heal from their experiences and develop healthy life skills that encourage lasting success. Our kids grow into adults who create healthier families and communities.