The single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing the nation is childhood trauma. It’s most prevalent in the foster care system. Children in the system are seven times more likely to suffer from addiction and engage in criminal behavior, and over 80% will suffer from mental illness by age 21. The Barancik Foundation supports All Star Children’s Foundation’s Campus of Caring through a four-year, $1 million investment to create a trauma-informed medical model that focuses on both research and treatment.
A Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Director of Pediatric Psychological Trauma and Intervention will train four trauma-certified licensed therapists to develop, implement, and evaluate trauma-based therapeutic interventions for abused children. The five guiding principles of trauma-informed care: trust, safety, choice, empowerment and collaboration, will be embedded throughout the Campus of Caring. Each child will receive an individualized treatment plan to reverse the negative effects of trauma due to the neuroplasticity of the brain. By extinguishing these trauma symptoms, the program will heal the child and change the trajectory of his or her life.