Cause of the Week: Children & Family Services

Subcauses: Youth Development, Adoption, Foster Care, Single Parent Services, Counseling (Child, Family, Couple), Family Shelters, Child Care, Family Caregivers, Military Spouses / Children, Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking

“There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.” - Nelson Mandela 

Children are the future of our community, nation, and world. The emotional, physical, and social development children receive, especially in their first 1,000 days of life, will have a direct impact on who they become as adults. It is every family’s and community’s responsibility to ensure our children have the best chance to succeed. But many face tough challenges that can hinder their growth. 

Interpersonal violence is the fourth-leading cause of death among adolescents globally. On average, 42% of boys and 37% of girls experience bullying. Half of all mental health disorders in adulthood start by age 14, but most cases are undetected and untreated. Further, mental health conditions account for 16% of the global burden of disease and injury in the 10-19 year-old age group. In America alone, 423,000 youth live in foster care. Only half of those include a case plan to return to their parents or primary caregivers. 

Children and family services help with effective prevention and response strategies to address school-based bullying as well as reducing access to alcohol and firearms among children. These programs also support the development of educational opportunities and life skills. They provide counseling, advocacy, and welfare services when necessary.   

The CFC makes it easy for all of us to change the world. Your donation to children and family services cause areas makes a huge impact not only in the individual lives currently, but also pays it forward for a better future for us all.  Join the CFC community today and become a changemaker.