A new decade calls for a new vision. At Children’s Hope Alliance, we hope that new vision includes a remarkably clear look at the children and families we serve: 20/20 Vision.
Because of what one author calls the “Tragic Gap.” It’s a gap that exists between what is and what we know is possible.
Children’s Hope Alliance wants to bridge the gap – to have the ability to SEE the issues challenging the children and families we serve, and then DO something about it. Recognizing today’s child – and meeting the needs of the children of today.
These are the children that others sometimes cannot or will not help. And these are the children we say “yes” to serving through a wide array of services: children who have endured trauma, who have severe mental health needs, or who may have underdeveloped coping skills.
Take a look at one of these children
Eleven years ago, a young boy named Cameron was living in a home plagued by addiction. His mother was unable to care for him because she was losing her battle with drugs. She was in and out of jail, which left her young son with a sense of uncertainty and hopelessness. The Department of Social Services took Cameron into custody when he was seven years old. That was the start of his battle.
Cameron was placed in a series of foster homes, psychiatric hospitals, and group homes for nine years. And adding to the complexity of his situation was the fact that he was developmentally delayed.
Then, in October 2017, 16-year-old Cameron came to Children’s Hope Alliance. Through our residential program, Cameron was finally able to challenge the thoughts he had about hurting himself. He has worked for two years to control these urges and win his battle. And it’s been a tremendous success.
Today, at age 18, Cameron has earned his high school diploma, has work experience at two different jobs, and is starting classes at a local community college to improve his reading and writing abilities. He has re-established contact with members of his biological family and is looking forward to getting to know them better.
Even though he has left our residential program, CHA is continuing to support Cameron. We are working to prepare him for living independently in the future while DSS and others are working to help him find a suitable place to live as an adult.
Envision a World…
Imagine a world where that tragic gap is eliminated and the needs of today’s children are met – where they have everything they need to meet mental health challenges, they know the resources, and they can be successful members of a community. Imagine who these children can grow up to be. Imagine what they can bring to the world, how they can change it, and how they can make it better.
Take a look and imagine it with us!