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News from The Tree House CAC - June 2018
What Comes After the Trauma of Separation?
The articles and photos about families being separated at the border are everywhere. Children are crying. Parents are anguished. The situation is dire. But suppose all the children were reunited with their parents tomorrow? What would happen then?
At The Tree House, we heal children who have been through terrible trauma every day. In our work with the Transitional Trauma Therapy (T3) program, we have learned a great deal about how to care for children who have been removed from their family of origin. A safe place to live must include supportive services to ease the child’s adjustment to a new setting. We know that children do not have to be irreparably damaged by terrible adversity. Effective treatments are available for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related disorders, as long as the children are able to get the help they will need.
Unless you are extremely well-versed in the field of psychology, you are probably not aware that:
The list goes on. Some of these consequences are treatable with the right kind of treatment. Unfortunately, this is hard to come by. But you may be surprised to hear what the biggest protective factor against the long-term effects of trauma is in children. This is also what all effective child trauma treatments require to work best:
A SUPPORTIVE CAREGIVER.
Support your children. Support the children around you. You may be their best hope.
Announcing our Most Recent Grant Awards
To our grantors, we are honored to have your support as we strive to heal Montgomery County's most vulnerable children. Thank you!
Have you heard?
This year's Tree House Tour de Cookie was amazing! The rains held off, the participants were happy, and we all had a great day together! In addition to spreading awareness about The Tree House, because of YOU we raised over $47,000! This money will be used to provide services to the children of Montgomery County every day.
We thank all of you who participated in any way. We couldn't have done it without you!
We are so happy that you spent the day with us
Speaking of next year, mark this on your calendars:
And yes, we will be back at Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus again!
Haven't seen this year's event photos yet? Click here to see them.
Staff Spotlight: An Ongoing Series
Ms. Bravo graduated with her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland with a clinical concentration in behavioral health. She has an extensive professional background working within the criminal justice system and has worked with various immigrant populations. She joined The Tree House in 2017, where she assists victims and their families in navigating the complex criminal justice system and deals with crisis situations such as domestic violence, substance abuse, loss of income, and homelessness. Ms.Bravo provides services in English and Spanish.
When asked why she decided to work at The Tree House Ms. Bravo said, "I decided to work at the Tree House because I wanted to help support and empower victims and families of abuse during times of crisis.”
To meet more of our staff click here.
A Few Important Thank Yous...
You have helped us raise awareness and raise thousands of dollars, all of which we use to provide free services to children. We cannot thank you enough for your support.
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