*URGENT COVID-19 UPDATE
Due to an epidemic within the pandemic, across the United States and in 13 countries, For The Children is EXPANDING its direct services to children of neglect, abuse and abandonment. Sign THE PLEDGE to help victims of family-induced childhood trauma during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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How For The Children is addressing the problem.
The Problem

Unlike children from stable homes, children who have experienced family induced childhood trauma are different: their bodies, brains, behaviors, and belief systems are damaged, oftentimes severely. Consequently, components of “normal” child development, including trust, self-esteem, group play, healthy family modeling, and nurture are not present in their lives. In short, such children have few positive memories, and little hope.

Solutions

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®): For The Children trains its volunteers in the clinically proven TBRI® modality. TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection.

We know that trauma negatively affects a child’s emotional, mental, physical, and social development. The well-cited research on Adverse Childhood Experiences also affirms our understanding of the potentially harmful and long-lasting effects of traumatic childhood events. These include lowered self-esteem, behavioral problems, emotional dysregulation, social disconnection or over-attachment, and academic challenges due to over-stimulation, lack of attention or thoughts focused on survival or worry, among other adverse effects.
Research also affirms the existence of human resilience – the ability to overcome and to thrive. With the right environment and support, children can overcome the ongoing residual effects of trauma. In fact, research on resilience repeatedly demonstrates the importance of supportive, caring adult relationships in the development of resilience.

This is the foundation of Royal Family KIDS – caring adults coming alongside wounded children, providing support and encouragement in a safe and secure environment while engaging in a variety of fun, recreational activities. Royal Family KIDS Camp and Mentoring programs foster resilience, build self-esteem, instill hope and create positive memories.
Do you remember words of affirmation spoken over you as a child and how they have stayed with you over the years? Royal Family KIDS’ programs include many special moments filled with encouragement about one’s worth and potential. The leadership and the multitude of volunteers know that it only takes a moment to instill hope in a child.

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CCCA Endorsement

“Christian Camp and Conference Association enthusiastically supports the work of RFK. We believe in the power of camp, especially for young people coming from difficult backgrounds. A week away at camp with caring adults who serve as positive role models can absolutely change the trajectory of a young person’s life. RFK provides an environment, program and volunteers well-suited to the unique needs of kids in foster care. Their proven track record of providing quality, life-changing experiences sets them apart as a trusted and effective organization.”