What does hope look like?
Georgia has a crisis on its hands. It’s the slow-growing kind: one where kids grow up with family and neighborhood violence, drop out of school and struggle as adults to support themselves and their own family.
And while far too many policymakers neglect the issues that impact kids and families, organizations like CHRIS 180 are working to shift the trajectories of families dealing with the trauma of violence and poverty.
Kathy Colbenson, President and CEO of CHRIS 180, recently spoke with us about the organization’s work and the type of support that can change a child’s life when traumas threaten their ability to even survive everyday.
“There is a young women that, for example, was in our program several years ago, who was third-generation foster care,” Colbenson shared. “That means her grandmother was in foster care, her mother was in foster care as a child and that her mother had six children — of which she was one — and all six of her children ended up in foster care. And there was substance abuse, neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse — all kinds of bad things happened.”
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The CDC reports that 1 in 5 children are sexually abused.
9 out of 10 of the perpetrators are never brought to justice and never appear on sex offender registries.
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