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Children in foster care are one of the most vulnerable groups in our society, having been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other issues, and placed in the care of strangers. This experience can be traumatic, and the consequences long-lasting. Unfortunately, foster children are also at a higher risk of abuse, sex-trafficking and suicide. According to the National Foster Youth Institute, 60% of sex trafficking victims have a history of being in foster care. This is a tragic reality that needs to be addressed.
The AIW Foundation takes a strategic approach to protecting children in foster care from these risks. Our approach is based on three pillars: education, direct support, and strategic partnerships.
We believe that education is crucial for prevention. We offer a comprehensive training program that equips foster parents, social workers, and other stakeholders with the knowledge and skills needed to recognize and respond to signs of abuse, sex trafficking, and suicidal behavior.
Our training program covers a wide range of topics, including trauma-informed care, child development, risk assessment, and communication. We collaborate with experts in the field to develop and deliver high-quality training that is relevant and practical.
We understand that foster care can be a challenging and expensive responsibility. Therefore, we provide direct financial support to foster families to help alleviate some of the financial burden. Our support includes funding for basic needs such as food, clothing, and school supplies, as well as for extracurricular activities, therapy, and other enrichment programs.
We also provide financial support to foster care agencies to improve the quality of care provided to children. This includes funding for staff training, equipment, and resources.
We recognize that we cannot do this alone. Therefore, we form strategic partnerships with other organizations, agencies, and individuals who share our vision and are committed to protecting foster children. These partnerships enable us to leverage resources, share best practices, and amplify our impact.
We also collaborate with law enforcement agencies to develop protocols for identifying and responding to cases of child abuse and sex trafficking. We believe that collaboration is key to effectively addressing these complex issues.
In 2022, our strategic approach had a direct impact on more than 330 children. We provided over 200 hours of training to staff who care for children and conducted 17 workshops.
We believe that our strategic approach is making a difference in the lives of children in foster care. We remain committed to continuing to work towards protecting and caring for them and invite you to join us. Together, we can make a difference.
The AIW Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for and protecting at-risk children.