For children affected by trauma, art can be therapeutic and even life-changing. Art therapy calms the mind, releases mental tension, raises awareness of mental states and creates a sense of safety.
Over 400,000 children each year are placed into foster care and the needs of these children are greater than public funding are able to provide. The Children's Foundation of America identifies and accesses resources to support these children, so they may lead healthy, productive lives.
Foster children taken from their families because of abuse, neglect or abandonment, express their confusion, fears and sorrow with crayons and colored pencils. Teens in residential therapeutic programs express their hurt, anger and frustrations on sketch pads. By acknowledging their feelings through art, youth can begin to learn, heal and thrive. Together, we can help paint a new picture of their future.
With your gift, foster youth in San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties will be given brand-new art supplies of their very own to empower them with creative expression. If you have ever put a paintbrush to paper, you know how freeing and liberating art can be. Imagine, what we can do for children affected by trauma with a new set of water colors and paper. Whether you are able to give $5 or $500, every contribution makes a difference.