Therapeutic intervention early in a child’s life reduces the risk of serious, lifelong physical- and mental-health problems.
To Childhaven President and CEO Maria Chavez Wilcox, providing treatment for early childhood trauma for more than 300 abused and neglected children each year is not enough.
“Every day I hear about families in crisis. Stories from our community of children being exposed to abuse or neglect,” says Chavez Wilcox. “But what I don’t hear about enough, is that child abuse and neglect is preventable. We can cure this now.”
Childhaven’s science-based trauma-treatment programs have proven effective in building the strong foundation children need for healthy growth and development. Therapeutic intervention early in a child’s life reduces the risk of serious, lifelong physical- and mental-health problems.
Childhaven recently announced the launch of a new brand identity to increase support of its treatment program for early childhood trauma and to raise public awareness about child abuse and neglect. This change comes as the organization pursues an ambitious strategic plan to dramatically increase its impact and aid more children in the community.
First up in Childhaven’s program expansion is the creation of a family crisis resource program to serve the Seattle area. The organization is also securing funding to grow its home-visitation program, serving more families and increasing the frequency of visits.
Additionally, Childhaven is conducting a feasibility assessment on establishing a training institute that will share proven, trauma-treatment practices with early childhood care providers.
“Our new strategies are about embracing new challenges, methods and science because we believe a community of healthy children and stable families is within our reach,” Chavez Wilcox says.
For more information, visit www.childhaven.org