Trauma affects everyone.
It’s impacting our families
and communities right now.

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What is trauma?

Trauma is broader and more common than people realize. It is an emotional response to a terrible event, whether it’s abuse, neglect, a severe accident, a natural disaster or other intense occurrence.

At FamilyForward, we focus on developmental trauma. This is trauma that takes place early in a child’s life, and the resulting stress response disrupts the development of the brain. We are equipped to consider each child’s unique biological and genetic traits, relational experiences and personality characteristics to provide the care they need.

Knowing the truth about developmental trauma and abuse is part of the battle to address their effects in our communities.

Misconception: Most children don’t experience trauma.

Reality: More than two thirds of children reported experiencing at least one traumatic event by age 16.

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Misconception: Childhood abuse and neglect are a thing of the past.

Reality: At least 1 in 7 children have experienced abuse and/or neglect in the past year, and this is likely an underestimate.

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Misconception: Childhood abuse doesn’t impact our community.

Reality: During the fiscal year 2021, 16,984 children in the St. Louis area were reported to the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline.

Source: Missouri Department of Social Services

Misconception: Abuse ends after childhood.

Reality: 40% of child abuse victims also report experiencing domestic violence as adults.

Source: National Domestic Violence Hotline

Learn more about how our unique approach
and programs address developmental trauma:

Video: Breaking the Cycle of Trauma

Video: Breaking the Cycle of Trauma

Today, one in seven children will become a victim of abuse or neglect, perpetuating a cycle of intergenerational harm. Discover how FamilyForward is actively working to break this cycle and support vulnerable children and families in St. Louis.

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Strengthening Family Bonds

Strengthening Family Bonds

May 15th marks the International Day of Families, a moment to reflect on issues impacting families around the world and to promote ways to strengthen familial bonds and support systems. Read how the FamilyForward team likes to strengthen bonds with their loved ones.

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Healing Hearts

Healing Hearts

Trauma experienced by children in foster care disrupts their sense of security and affects their brains, behaviors, and emotions. Learn strategies foster and adoptive parents can use in their journey to heal the hearts of the children in their lives.

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You’ve seen the numbers. You’ve seen what we can do to support struggling families. Take the next step and become an advocate for children and families in our communities.