Because of the generosity of our supporters, last year we were able to provide 20,038 children, youth, adults, and their family members with one or more of our Outpatient Behavioral Health or Trauma Support Services. Because of this support, 1,496 children in Arizona’s foster care system were provided loving homes through our child welfare programs, and countless other children and families were helped by out prevention and educational programs.
But our important work across Arizona continues. Every day, approximately 25 children enter out-of-home care in Arizona, and many of these children – and thousands of other children and families in our community – need our help.
When you look into the face of a child that has been mistreated, neglected, and removed from the only home he’s ever known, it’s impossible to know his pain.
A child like Michael.
Michael and his three younger siblings had to be removed from their mother’s home twice due to abuse and neglect. When he was 13 years old, Michael and his siblings went to live with their grandmother for their safety.
At school, Michael was teased about his home situation and bullied by other kids. That experience triggered negative memories of the abuse he experienced as a young child.
Frightened by the constant bullying, he became fearful of walking to school, so he brought a knife with him to feel safer. While he never intended to use the knife, school officials discovered it and expelled him for the remainder of the school year. Michael felt depressed and isolated from his classmates and he lacked motivation to complete his school work at home and began to express his emotions through negative behaviors and acting out.
Michael’s grandmother reached out to AzCA for help. For several months, AzCA worked with the family by coordinating case management services and providing individual therapy, while helping to create trauma-informed home and school environments for Michael. Through a variety of treatment interventions, AzCA was able to help Michael understand the effects of the trauma he endured and learn how to identify and regulate his emotions.
There was a huge change in Michael. By the beginning on the school year, Michael had worked very hard and he was extremely motivated to go back to school. For the first time in his life, Michael was able to express to his mother how her choices had impacted him. He felt like a weight had been lifted off of his shoulders and he was able to conquer his depression without the use of medication. After successfully completing therapy, the family now has the skills to communicate well with one another and Michael continues to succeed at school and at home.
I’m telling you this story because there is hope for children like Michael. Supporters like you play an important role in their recovery. YOU make it possible for AzCA to provide critical resources for children and families in crisis.
That’s why we need your help. Your gift today can save a child from a life of pain – and open up a world of opportunities.
I invite you to help us continue helping kids like, Michael, by making a gift to Arizona’s Children Association today.
Jacob Schmitt, MPA
President & CEO
PS: Make your gift today to help a kid like Michael heal from their trauma. This gift may qualify you for the AZ Charitable Organization Tax Credit—dollar-for-dollar and up to $400 for individuals, or $800 for couples filing jointly. Contributions made through Tax Day can be applied to the current or preceding taxable year.