The Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) is a non-profit/non-governmental organization that helps children who suffered abuse heal from their trauma in a nurturing and encouraging environment. Abused children are often caught up in a downward spiral of low self-esteem, stress, trust issues, and internalized trauma. The more a child feels alienated, disconnected, and misunderstood, the more they withdraw. Their learning skills and ability to concentrate suffers at school and this unleashes another wave of low self-esteem, stress, and other issues. Around 68% of the children referred to ACF trail their peers in academic development by at least two years.
During 2015-16, there were 225,487 Australian children suspected of being harmed or at risk of harm from abuse and/or neglect.
The Foundation works closely with school personnel throughout Australia to help these education professionals better understand how the fear, trauma, and violence many kids are going through impacts their sense of security and physical safety.
ACF also coordinates with educational professionals to craft strategies that foster a sense of connection and calm among abuse survivors in a school setting. Through active, gentle but firm intervention, educators can help kids better cope with the aftermath of abuse. Far from feeling that they bear their problems alone, abused kids are able to adapt and overcome the effects of abuse trauma because they feel safe and encouraged in an accepting environment.
The ACF has put together a tried and proven system that helps children break free from the lingering effects of trauma and neglect. Through specific programs that help child abuse survivors improve their learning, coping, and familiarization skills. By providing kids with the right environment, their natural curiosity and interest in learning are stoked and they make up for lost ground. Thanks to the Foundation’s intervention and encouragement, the ACF is able to help 77% of all the children they work with to catch up to their same-age peer group.
About 56% of children currently in the foster care system experience some destabilizing event due to behavioral issues they exhibit within the prior 12 months. Accordingly, the ACF also works with foster care providers to help them become more sensitive to the developmental consequences of abuse. Foster care providers work closely with ACF to foster a more encouraging and positive environment that enables kids to feel safe and secure enough to catch up developmentally.
We support and share the ACF’s concern for children’s safety and well-being
We have chosen to to support ACF’s advocacy because we are firm believers in the full development of each and every child. Our business is built squarely on our concern for and dedication to child safety and comfort.
Child abuse is a devastating social problem that continues to haunt children well into their adulthood. Worse yet, child abuse patterns are often repeated generation after generation. Our commitment to child safety drives us to partner with the ACF in their efforts to break the inter-generational cycle of child abuse. We want to be part of the solution to an often unreported ‘invisible’ problem that has all too real consequences not just for the families involved but for the rest of society. When a child is abused and has to live with the trauma of that abuse, all of us will have to live with the consequences since society as a whole is worse off.
We wholeheartedly support the ACF because their concern for children’s safety as well as kids’ emotional, physical, and pyschological well-being mirrors our own values. Just as the ACF strives to provide children with a safe, comforting, and encouraging environment in order to heal from trauma and optimally develop, we believe that kids deserve the very best childhood possible. After all, they are only children for a few years! This is why we feature only the safest, environmentally-friendly, ecologically-sound, and most comfortable materials in our kids’ bedding collection.
After reviewing the many happy stories of ACF helping kids overcome emotional pain and trauma to live normal, happy lives, we signed on board with the Foundation. Their work has a direct impact on restoring a childhood full of hope, dreams, imagination, and love. All children deserve no less and we are proud to help ACF help as many children as possible.
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