The Issue: Youths in Foster Care Often Face Loss and Change
In 2010, more than 2,000 youths lived in foster care in Washington, DC, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These youths often move from home to home, and rarely have steady adult role models, friends, or schools. Constant loss of this nature can take its toll psychologically, resulting in a variety of mental-health issues including anxiety and depression.
The Campaign: Therapy for Youth in Foster Care
If this Grassroots campaign raises $1,250, then the Washington, DC chapter of A Home Within can provide one year of therapy for five youths in foster care, thanks to donations matched up to $2,500 by the Peery Foundation. Each additional $250 raised––in conjunction with the matching donation––will fund one year of therapy for another youth in foster care. A Home Within pairs these youths with a licensed therapist for weekly sessions that allow them to work through mental-health issues they may have developed from a life in foster care. The first 100 people to register their donation with the organization will also receive one A Home Within 10th anniversary T-shirt.
All donations will be matched up to a $2,500 total by the Peery Foundation. You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
A Home Within
The Washington, DC chapter of A Home Within provides weekly therapy sessions for youth in foster care, many of whom have suffered from unstable living environments and occasionally from abuse. Nationwide, 52 chapters of A Home Within partner with more than 750 private-practice therapists to meet the emotional needs of current and former youths in foster care. Participants have an opportunity to work through mental-health issues, such as depression, anxiety, and dissociative disorders. These sessions can help mitigate the stress of chronic loss and childhood trauma so that youths can rebuild their lives socially and emotionally and move toward mental well-being. The resulting relationship with a caring adult and steady role model can also empower young people to break the cycle of loss and become contributing members of their community.