There is a parable about a villager who finds a baby floating in the river. The villager jumps in and saves the baby. The next day, the villager finds two more babies in the river. He brings the babies into the village and finds families to love and care for these new babies.
While the villagers are figuring out how to provide love, food, shelter for three new babies, they find more babies in the river. While they struggle to cope with their new responsibilities, the wise person in the village hikes upstream determined to get to the source of the problem.
Our approach to making prevention work
Much like that village when children come downstream, our partners immediately stabilize precarious situations through protective services, emergency shelters, medical care, and counseling. For Children’s Trust when we go upstream, we change the story. We focus on proven protections such as building strong support systems and positive family bonding skills, connecting families to resources, understanding child development and helping children handle their feelings and emotions.
Upstream is where we solve the problem by helping families before the crisis of abuse or neglect occurs. It is there that we can bring about lasting, positive change for our children.