Why We Do What We Do
Up to 80 percent of children in foster care have significant mental health issues, compared to approximately 18-22 percent of the general population. Many children placed in CPS custody have experienced some form of childrenhood trauma, adversity, and/or toxic stress. Early childhood trauma, adversity, and toxic stress often result in poor emotional control which is exhibited through aggression, hyperactivity, inattention, impulsivity, and dissociation between thought and emotion. Studies have shown that as adults these children do not fare well if left untreated: They are prone to experiencing high levels of disease and early death.
Texas Kidz Hope Inc. strives to improve the quality of life for children and teens in CPS custody struggling with mental and behavioral health issues, by providing individualized support and services. Services include accommodations, education/training, nutrition, and therapeutic treatment by licensed medical and healthcare staff.
Why It Matters
Investing in our children and youth now during this vulnerable time in their lives will inspire and influence the next generation to contribute positively to our community and society.
As children develop social and emotional skills, they gain the confidence and competence needed to build relationships, problem-solve, and cope with emotions. With these tools, children are more likely to grow into adults with better health (e.g., better physical health, less substance abuse), a high level of academic achievement, have higher incomes, and fewer criminal convictions than those with weaker self-control skills.
Hear from the Kidz Themselves
- “I never thought anyone cared for me, but now I understand what it feels like to be loved.”
- “Having people to believe in me make me want to do better.”
- “Using coping strategies has helped me not feel as stressed and anxious in new places.”