A LETTER FROM OUR CEO Dear Tennyson Community,
This April, we are focusing on the resolve and determination of the incredible children who overcome trauma from neglect and abuse. Even a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, these children continue to take inspiring steps forward in their journeys toward wellbeing.
Children like Ella who, at only nine years old, has experienced immense hardship from abuse. At first, Ella refused to communicate with her Community Based Services therapist because of her trauma. But over time, she and her therapist built a bridge of trust that allowed the family to stabilize, and something in Ella changed. Now that the family is safe and stable, Ella’s future has opened up. We work to reach children like Ella before the neglect, abuse, and trauma happen.
Child Abuse Prevention Month highlights the importance of prevention and its impact on child and family wellbeing. 87% of children we serve are reached through prevention and intervention services like Community Based Services, Families Together, and our newest program, Child First. These services teach protective skills and offer concrete support in times of need. Clinicians travel to homes and schools in a family’s community, lowering the barriers to needed support. 97% of kids in Community Based Services stayed in their homes in 2020. This type of success is why an investment in prevention is so important.
As we look for more ways to prevent child abuse, we have launched a new DIY Families Together Neighbors program. DIY trains local hosts to build Neighbors programs in communities across the country and makes supporting families as straight forward as possible.
Child Abuse Prevention Month isn’t about Tennyson; it’s about preventing abuse for every child across the country. Your donation is a message to kids like Ella that you’re committed to her future.
Thank you for your support!