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The YWCA Children’s Program believes that it is of vital importance to provide traumatized children with sustained support in order to minimize the impact of trauma on development. This includes fostering relationships and maximizing each child’s potential to thrive. The program is focused on early intervention with the goal of decreasing the likelihood that they enter into domestic violence relationships as adults.

The Children’s Program provides basic family support services, including respite care, resource referrals, tangible needs; family activities; curriculum-based art and recreation activities, including groups for infants and toddlers, a preschool activity group, and programming for school-aged children; and therapeutic intervention provided by a licensed therapist.

Basic Family Support Services – Children’s Program staff provide for the ongoing basic needs of each family and its members in order to support the maintenance of a healthy, safe, and thriving home.
• Respite care – children ages 0-5 years
• Case management
• Distribution of tangible items     

Curriculum-based Art and Recreation Activities – Children’s Advocates plan and lead groups, events, and field trips to support children/youth in building skills for relieving stress, self-regulating, developing self-identity, fostering peer-connections, and building healthy relationships
• “Little Learners” - children ages 0 – 5 years
• “Kids’ Club” – children ages 6 years and up
• “YOU Group” – youth ages 13 years and up

Therapeutic Services – Our licensed Child and Family Therapist provides therapeutic support to children/youth, adults, and families that is grounded in the principles and practices of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
• Individual and family therapy sessions – children/youth, adults, and families
• Therapeutic support groups for children – “Skill-Builders” – children ages 6-12 years
• Therapeutic workshops and trainings

Please note: All of our Children’s Program services are for current YWCA Pierce County clients only and require an intake. For questions or more information about our Children’s Program services, please contact the Children’s Program Manager at 253-272-4181 x 285.