Campaign: Invisible Kids Project
When courts and caseworkers make decisions about the lives of kids in foster care, they often move the child without a well-thought-out plan.
Children heal, learn and grow through the primary relationship they experience with the person responsible for meeting their needs.
If they bond with a parent or caregiver who is nurturing, protective, and responsive, they will thrive. When this bond doesn’t occur or is abruptly severed, children suffer; sometimes for the rest of their lives.
The effects of poor attachment have far-reaching consequences for children and their families as well as for their communities.
25% of all new admissions to foster care are babies under age one. These babies change home and caregivers as many as six times in their first year of life, creating toxic stress on their rapidly-growing brains.
Children who are not given the opportunity to develop a secure bond with a loving caregiver early in life are more likely to experience delays across all developmental domains, including cognitive, behavioral, and social-emotional.
Their ability to form positive relationships with their peers and others becomes compromised, setting them up for a host of ongoing challenges.
Communities face the effects of these consequences as well. Nearly half of prison inmates reported experiencing physical abuse as a child. When children thrive, communities and the nation thrive as well.
The campaign’s goal is to help change the system so a child’s need for a supportive, stable relationship with a loving, responsive adult is a top priority.
This campaign will fund three main projects:
1. Change Letter Writing Campaign
2. Nationwide Training Programs
3. Storytelling Through Video
The campaign’s goal is $20,000 and ends on January 3, 2015