Not everyone can be a foster parent. Yet, everyone can help a child in foster care in some way.
YOU can help a child in foster care right now, and here's how!
Children in foster care have often lived a life of great pain and tremendous suffering. More often than not, these children in care never truly recover from the emotional, physical, and psychological wounds that they suffer from. Furthermore, they are haunted daily by the various traumas they suffered before coming into care; never truly escaping from the horrors they have experienced, and never finding peace. A Happy Childhood gives the child an opportunity to heal through laughter and play, to find hope for a future, and to build positive memories that will last a life time.
A Happy Childhood not only allows children from foster care to heal through Play Therapy, but also learn and grow through a variety of opportunities. Led by nutritionist Dr. Kelly DeGarmo, children with A Happy Childhood will examine the importance of good nutrition and healthy diets. Career opportunities will be examined, including hospitality, business, management, landscaping, nutrition, education, entertainment, and much more. Children with A Happy Childhood will also learn money management skills, as well.
For 5 magical days, children in foster care will be able to escape the trauma and anxieties that haunt them, as well as the stigma they face of being a child from foster care, and instead escape to a land of magic, where they can focus on simply being a child. Led by Dr. Kelly DeGarmo, these children will experience a trip of a lifetime, an opportunity to make life lasting memories, and a chance to find healing through play, through laughter, and through wonder. It is time for every child to have a happy childhood.
A generous partner has supplied FREE tickets for each child to Walt Disney World parts.
This non-profit program will be providing Disney Therapy for children in Foster Care. It will provide chaperoned trips to Walt Disney World for small groups of six children at a time that are currently in foster care homes. It will provide the full Disney experience to help children understand that there is life beyond their current situations with the hope that when the children have a happy childhood experience that the healing through other individual therapy is more likely to occur.
Discovered by Dr. John and Kelly DeGarmo, "Disney Therapy" is a form of play therapy. Play Therapy is a therapeutic technique designed to allow the traumatized child to better cope with their emotional stress or trauma through the expression of emotions and or play. This type of therapy allows children who do not have the verbal skills or language to express their thoughts and feelings. What better place than Disney World than to take children from foster care so they can not only express their emotions, but to find ways to play at the same time. There are a number of ways we have found for children to engage in this form of therapy and begin to allow them to feel and express themselves. If you want to see your child come to life or come out of his or her shell, take them to a visit with one of their favorite Disney character.
WIth your help, not only will you bring hope to a child in need, you will help a child smile for perhaps the first time; help a child laugh perhaps for the first time. Yet, not only will you help a child in need, you will also help foster parents and strengthen foster parent retention, help case workers, and help the birth parents and biological family members of a child in foster care. When birth family see their child healing and finding hope, a part of them will heal, as well, and all of society wins.
Today is the day you can help. Today is the day you can change a life. Today is the day you can bring a smile to a child who has never known how. Join us. It is never too late for a child to find A Happy Childhood.