SEATTLE, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Results from the Washington State Family Policy Council on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE Study Published 2010) provided research on how lowering traumatic stress on children improves their overall health. For over 25 years, NW Children's Fund has been a leading voice in child welfare by aligning resources, organizations and passionate individuals committed to ending child abuse and neglect.
Improving children's formative years decreases the following health consequences:
- Alcohol abuse
- Liver Disease
- Depressive disorders
- Unintended pregnancies
- Lung cancer
- Premature mortality
It takes more than self-determination to break away and carve a path to a healthier, safer future. It takes consistent positive guidance and support from the community. "If you are given a second chance, always try your best," said Larry, a victim of an abusive alcoholic father who was repeating the cycle until he sought counseling and guidance. He is beginning to accomplish his goals.
Ray's parents' abandonment and addictions led him to becoming addicted to meth, serving jail time, and living on the streets. Ray, a father of three, credits the support of community programs that helped him turn his life around and says, "Every day I strive to be a better person."
NW Children's Fund offers the community several ways to make a difference for at-risk children – through donations, volunteering or attending a fund raising event. Immediately, the Spring Gala will be held Saturday, April 21, 2012 5:30 at Fremont Studios. The evening includes a dinner, auction and entertainment. A second opportunity includes the fall annual Golf Classic that will take place on September 14, 2012.
About NW Children's Fund
NW Children's Fund, Seattle, WA (206) 682-8447 (www.nwcf.org) One hundred percent of individual donations go directly to programs that fight child abuse and neglect. The mission of NW Children's Fund is to end the cycle of child abuse and neglect by investing in programs for at-risk children and their families, and inspiring informed philanthropy devoted to improving child welfare.
SOURCE NW Children’s Fund