At any given time there are hundreds of children in El Paso County who are abused or neglected, and who must be removed from their homes for their own safety. In these moments, there are foster parents who selflessly step up to take them in. They answer the phone at 2 a.m., put on a pot of coffee and offer a welcoming hug to these scared kids and teens. There are caseworkers who commit to keeping the children safe. There are judges and lawyers who represent them in court.
So why is it that so many of them fail? For many years, people have assumed these kids are just “bad kids” or “the system” is to blame.
Today, we know better.
Science shows that trauma creates a deep, lasting wound in a developing brain, and the key to healing rests with consistent, lasting love and relationships. A system is simply not designed to provide this.
Fostering Hope is collaborating with faith communities, business leaders, governmental agencies and civic leaders to change this paradigm and provide the love that these kids may not find anywhere else. But we can’t do it alone. We need your help. You can learn more about the need:
- Understanding the true cost of trauma
- The myths and stereotypes about foster care
- Why so many children in foster care fail
- The science of trauma and healing.