The Therapeutic Play Foundation was formed with the mission to address a systemic increase in anxious and depressive symptoms of children.
“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)
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 its 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; particularly Black families who are most significantly impacted according to the data. For example suicide rates are rising in Black youth, especially as the world suffers with racial tensions and injustice.
We provide education to build awareness in the communities most affected, and offer resources and strategies to decrease symptoms and improve outcomes by using radical self-care and play for the complete family unit.
Invest in the betterment of our children and their emotional development. Help us help the world!
There are many ways you can help vulnerable populations who have already overcome many challenges. Donate a toy, lots of toys, food, hygiene products, yoga supplies, or art supplies.
Monetary contributions are also welcome to help with staffing, supplies and resources that would benefit clients of the Therapeutic Play Foundation.
All donations and contributions are tax deductible and The Therapeutic Play Foundation can provide a receipt/acknowledgement letter as confirmation to use for tax purposes.
If you are mailing your donation or monetary contribution, please send all items to:
The Therapeutic Play Foundation, Inc.
530 S. Lake Avenue, #236 Pasadena, CA 91101
(*Mailing Address Only)
You can join the Play Date, our monthly giving group, to support our work with children and families year-round!
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!
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