The #SupportTheQuiet movement was founded by a teen whom experienced child abandonment first hand. Many do not speak of child abandonment so with a destined goal to bring awareness to this topic, she has reached out to social media to help make a major impact.
Child abandonment occurs when a child’s parent or guardian willfully withholds emotional, physical, and financial support, with no regard for the child’s safety and welfare. This may include physical abandonment, such as leaving a child somewhere with no intent to return for them, or it may include failure to provide physical supervision, emotional support, and other necessities of life for a child living in the home.
Although there are child abandonment laws that deem certain acts as constitutional non-physical abandonment of children, the truth is, emotional abandonment is subjective and is one of the most common symptoms of child abandonment. Any act or failure to act that leaves a child feeling unwanted, discarded, or insecure may be considered emotional abandonment under the laws of child safety and welfare.
Based on her experience and even from experts in child psychology, in a child’s eyes, abandonment is more about the parent’s absence and failure to communicate or take an active role in their life. It is more important than any financial considerations. Absence of a parental figure leaves children feeling as if it is their fault and they begin to experience feelings of low self worth and shame. Because emotional abandonment by a parent has the potential to cause a lifetime of issues for the child, it is taken very seriously by the courts.
Some of the long lasting effects of emotional abandonment include:
- Chronic Depression
- Intrusive Anxiety
- Feelings of loss of control of life
- Chronic feelings of insecurity
- Decreased self esteem
- 40,000 new infants are placed in foster care each year
- 25 percent of the individuals who end up in prison spent time in foster care
- 30 percent of all people who are homeless spent time in Foster Care
- The average number of home placements per child is three
- Girls in foster care are six times more likely to give birth before the age of 21
- 50 percent of foster youth are unemployed four years after leaving foster care
- 37 percent – 48 percent of foster children don’t finish high school
- Only 7 percent of foster children attend a four-year college
- Only 1 percent of foster children graduate from a four-year college
With your help, we can fund services that provide care to anyone who has experienced child abandonment. Anything purchased from this site will help fund someone in need. A few techniques that have been proven to help with curing the feelings of emotional abandonment include:
- Art Therapy
- Equine Therapy
- EMDR Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Creative Expression
We also have donation options open to help provide necessities to children that are currently in shelters and foster homes as well as a scholarship fund that will be provided to a student each year (amount depends on the amount of funds raised).
We may not be able to break the beginning cycle but we can sure fix the outcome.