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There are more than 400,000 children in US foster care without a permanent place to live. These children are at a higher risk of becoming incarcerated, pregnant, addicted to drugs, and dependents of state benefits. These children, unfortunately, repeat the cycle of their parents, and we see their children enter the system as well.
Ending this treacherous cycle begins with each individual child. Meeting them where they are at, understanding their experience, and developing their self worth, sense of purpose, decision making, executive functioning and self regulations skills. Stable Moments™ is a weekly mentorship program where foster and adopted children achieve individualized life goals through Equine Assisted Learning (EAL). The model utilizes volunteer mentors to facilitate EAL sessions. Bringing horses and these children together, in a one-on-one mentorship program allows the child to build life skills that will aid them in transitioning into a healthy adulthood.
OUR SOLUTION: Changing the trajectory for youth in foster care.
By equipping youth in foster care with the life skills necessary to make healthy transitions into adulthood, we start to see a generation of foster children who are productive members of society, reducing rates of incarceration, addiction, early pregnancies, dependency on government benefits and ultimately a reduction of the amount of children entering the system. We envision a world where every child has a place to belong!
IT JUST TAKES ONE:
1 Mentor matched with
1 Foster or Adopted Child and
1 Hour per week
Stable Moments is a mentoring program uniquely designed exclusively for youth in foster care, that have been adopted out of care, or that have experienced early developmental trauma.
Youth eligible for this program meet at the farm weekly for one hour with their mentor and horse. They work on specific life skills that are chosen to help each child work towards chosen goals that will help them develop into healthy adults.
With increasing numbers of children in the US foster care system, change needs to happen. The Stable Moments program aims to reach the problem upstream. If we meet these children where they are, encourage them, and help them work on life skills that will follow them into adulthood, their trajectory will change, their futures become bright (instead of having the possibility of having their children repeat the cycle), and their possibilities are endless! By providing weekly "stable moments," these kids are given hope, encouragement, and real-life skill development!
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