Learn about the issues that children, families and society are facing and how For The Children is leading the effort to change them.
Humankind suffers in two ways. It suffers from natural occurrences, such as disease, famine, and natural disasters. It also suffers from the actions of humans.
Perhaps the most insidious form of human suffering is family-induced childhood trauma (FICT). While the negative effects of wars, famine, disease, and poverty cannot be overstated, the psychological and physiological (brain) damage of a child whose parent is the cause of such suffering contributes to, at minimum, the following social ills:
Family-induced childhood trauma also increases the risk of the following:
The effects of toxic stress due to FICT are pervasive, yet toxic stress itself is preventable. Instead of focusing only on treating the effects of trauma—the array of physical, mental, and socioeconomic consequences of toxic stress—our focus must be shifted to the prevention of childhood trauma.
Though it is impossible to measure the tremendous costs of FICT on children, families, and society, we know that they are immense.
Taking significant action is the only option. To learn more, please visit the "Our Response" page.