why we EXIST
CHILDREN DO NOT GET A CHOICE IN THE KIND OF HOME ENVIRONMENT THEY ARE RAISED IN.
BUT AS A COMMUNITY, WE HAVE A CHOICE IN THE KIND OF COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENT THAT SUPPORTS THEM .
TO GROW OUR COMMUNITY WITH AN EMPATHETIC UNDERSTANDING OF ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES AND ITS IMPACT ON A CHILD'S HEALTH AND WELL-BEING.
1 in 3 children have experienced abuse
16% of children have experienced 4 or more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
In 2017, 18.6% of children under 18 (1,356,980) were living in poverty