September 14, 2023

Taal Hasak-Lowy published by the Chicago Sun Times

"Through positive relationships and sustained intervention, victims of trauma can grow, learn and heal. But it takes a tangible commitment and intensive support."

No human being ever “gets used to” the trauma of gun violence. Experiencing shootings, directly or indirectly, is especially harrowing for children.

Survivors of trauma can heal, but it takes intensive support over the long term. We know that early, sustained, and individualized intervention works. Thirty years of data across the Friends of the Children network demonstrate measurable, improved outcomes for children who have faced seemingly overwhelming obstacles.

Read our full Op-Ed here; you can also find a more in-depth panel discussion about this topic here.