Thanks to your generosity, we are beginning 2013 well positioned to continue to offer high quality, lasting mental health services to children and youth whose lives have been touched by foster care. The financial support of individuals and foundations, coupled with the professional time of our extraordinary network of clinicians who volunteer their services, allows us to create an impressive return on investment. Depending on the size of the Local Chapter, we offer weekly therapy at a cost ranging from $200 to $1000 annually. The structure of A Home Within allows our chapters to grow without increasing overhead costs—this means that we can stretch the dollars you donate to see more foster kids—children and youth in desperate need of services. Foster youth are three times as likely to suffer from serious mental health issues as the general public and are almost twice as likely to suffer from depression. Sadly, foster kids are also almost twice as likely as U.S. war veterans to suffer from PTSD. Because of your help, we will continue to offer therapy that averages more than three years per child—in contrast to the average of 1.3 sessions provided in community clinics. These services give foster children and youth the foundation they need to build healthy relationships.
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