Children are the most vulnerable population experiencing homelessness. A result of compound stressors, such as domestic violence, neglect, substance abuse, and socio-economic status, experiencing homelessness can have significant, adverse long-term effects on the development, health, and future of a child. For children and families who experience homelessness, unaddressed childhood trauma and adversities consequently creates a never ending cycle of intergenerational trauma. However, research shows that the early provision of evidence-based interventions and assessments to address the special needs of children and families who experience homelessness helps reduce trauma and the impact of adverse childhood experiences.
More Than 104,000 New York City Students Were Homeless Last Year
Addressing mental health and trauma-related needs of sheltered children and families with Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)