A Message From Our CEO

Every child is filled with tremendous promise – and, as a community, we have a shared obligation to foster that potential.

Amidst the challenges of recent years, it’s vital to remember the boundless potential within every child. As a community, we share a responsibility to nurture and uplift that potential.

The past few years have brought unprecedented stress and uncertainty, impacting mental health and well-being on a global scale. Our children, families, and communities have faced profound grief and loss due to the pandemic, along with economic instability, racial tensions, and political unrest. These experiences can be traumatic, particularly for our most vulnerable children.

Even before the pandemic, rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide among teenagers were alarming. The isolation, loss, and stress of recent times have only exacerbated these issues, leading to a youth mental health crisis. Addressing these challenges requires a collective effort.

But how do we cultivate hope and resilience in the face of adversity? From the moment we’re born, humans crave connection. Research shows that nurturing connections can build resilience in those facing adversity or trauma. As we navigate the aftermath of COVID-19, fostering positive social bonds is crucial, especially for children and families who have endured significant hardship.

Building resilience means shifting our mindset from viewing it as solely an individual trait to recognizing it as a community endeavor. By prioritizing the well-being of every child and family, we can create a supportive environment where everyone feels valued and connected.

At the Center for Child Counseling, we use a public health approach to address childhood adversity and trauma. We believe in proactive intervention and support, empowering caregivers and communities to create healing environments. Together, we can build a future filled with hope and resilience.

I invite you to join us in this vital mission of healing and hope. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children and families in our community.

Renée Layman, President and CEO

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