Many children and youth experience trauma. Depending on their circumstance, between 25-90 percent of children and youth experience events that leave them traumatized.
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)

The Numbers.

  • Up to 50 percent of children and youth in child welfare
  • Between 60 to 90 percent of youth in juvenile justice
  • Between 83-91 percent of children and youth in neighborhoods with high levels of violent crime
  • Between 59 to 91 percent of children and youth in the community mental health system

While trauma cuts across class and race, low-income children, youth and their families and children, youth and families of color disproportionately experience trauma. 

With higher rates of trauma and their resulting symptomology and behaviors in those affected, there leaves an unmet space in the equation: the process of healing and improving mental health during and/or after trauma occurrences.  The Therapeutic Play Foundation seeks to intervene and encourage healthy recovery of families dealing with trauma related to poverty. We do this by providing free or low cost mental health assessment, play and relationship based-counseling and resource provision to decrease symptoms and improve outcomes.

How You Can Help

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Help Us Play

There are many ways you can help vulnerable children who have already overcome many challenges in their young lives. Donate a toy, lots of toys, mindfulness resources or funds to help with play therapy intervention supplies and resources that would benefit clients of the Therapeutic Play Foundation.  If you are mailing your toy donation, please send all items to: 

The Therapeutic Play Foundation, Inc.

530 S. Lake Avenue, #236

Pasadena, CA 91101

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Play Date Group

You can join the Play Date, our monthly giving group, to support our work with children and families year-round!

Why join Play Date? 

The Play Date is a monthly giving group for individuals invested in the betterment of youth, just like you,  that enables you to be able to support our work year-round. Please consider joining our Play Date – it’s automatic and convenient for you, and ensures reliable support for The Therapeutic Play Foundation, allowing us to plan for the future. Thank you for being part of our Play Date!


Your Support helps us to provide services such as:

$10 per month – Materials and Supplies for Community Outreach Activities

$20 per month – Transportation costs for home visits, in school assessment, consult, resource provision and IEP attendance

$35 per month - Toys and Supplies for Play Therapy Interventions to at risk youth

$60 per month – Training for volunteer counselors and family support mentors; ongoing staff development

$100 per month – Professional consultation with licensed mental health professionals for program and research development; 

$150 per month – Specialized assessment and resource provision with licensed mental health professionals in home with identified trauma exposed families

$200 per month – Ongoing mindful-play therapy groups for low-income children identified by schools, churches, and individuals as possible beneficiaries of a trauma reduction program.

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Our Play Dates Make A Huge Difference!

Annual Gift 

Please consider making a contribution to The Therapeutic Play Foundation with an annual or unrestricted gift. Your investment helps us transform the lives of children and families today. The Therapeutic Play Foundation also accepts gifts of stock.

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Matching Gift 

Does your employer have an Employee Match Program? If so, you could double your gift’s impact to The Therapeutic Play Foundation! Consider having your employer sponsor your gift to The Therapeutic Play Foundation through their matching gift program.

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Community Gift

Love to host parties? Sponsor a special fundraising event or private fundraising event and through your friends and generosity, you can help build awareness and raise funds for the programs at The Therapeutic Play Foundation. 

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