"We have had young women who eventually, when they are able to tell us their stories, tell us stories of being in basements and having guns held to their head while they were having sex."
Crittenton CEO Kathy Szafran, residential therapist Laura Smith, and Dr. Nadine Burke Harris founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, at The National Crittenton Foundation Conference in Washington DC. Dr. Harris is a national leader in incorporating trauma-informed care for children and youth.
“The event was a great fit as a pre-conference session of the Handle with Care Conference,” says Crittenton President & CEO, Kathy Szafran. “Research demonstrates that many West Virginia children experience early childhood adversity which impacts their school career, transition to adulthood, and long-term health. Crittenton has been committed to trauma-informed care and research since 2010. There are now many partnerships, across a variety of systems, that are exploring and utilizing trauma-informed practice in the state. Anyone who works with young people will find the film and the presentation a good source of information on trauma-informed care and brain development.”
“Proceeds from the luncheon fund activities for girls and young moms in our residential program, such as monthly birthday parties, recreation, holiday activities, cultural events, and more. The generosity of our supporters give kids in residential care the opportunities that every kid needs to feel included and valued,” says Cathy Byers, Director of Marketing.
“I am excited to lead the Wheeling Wellspring team,” says Kristin Snyder. “Wellspring offers a unique service, by seeing clients in homes and at schools. I am proud of the work of our therapists and case managers, who are committed to make counseling services more accessible to children, adults, and families.”