Our Comfort In Care Program is a collaboration with the Covenant Health Foster Care Clinic.
As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I was removed from my home at the age of 13 years. I understand both the trauma associated with abuse and also that of being ripped away from the only family I had ever known. Although I was safer in my new foster home than I was in my family home, I didn’t feel safe at all. The only life and family I’d ever known was gone in the blink of an eye while I continued to reap the repercussions of the sexual abuse I encountered.
Trauma can be one of the most challenging things to overcome during one’s lifetime, especially as a child. While completely healing a child of trauma-related illnesses and mental health issues isn’t achievable, finding ways to help them cope with the situations that arise as a result of their trauma certainly is.
With approximately 4697 children being placed in foster care each month in Alberta, the need for resources to help these children cope with what life has dealt them is even more imperative.
Children in foster care have a great need and desire for access to weighted blankets. These blankets act as calming and therapeutic tools to helping children dealing with PTSD, stress, anxiety, ADD, ADHD, and other trauma-induced disabilities often associated with the process of being placed in foster care.
Research has shown that these weighted blankets provide calming and therapeutic effects for children who have experienced trauma. Because of this, I have teamed up with Covenant Health Foster Care Clinic in Alberta, Canada to provide children in care with weighted blankets as a way to help them navigate the healing process.
Dr. Tami Masterson, founder of Covenant Health Foster Care Clinic, created the clinic in 2011 for children who specifically suffer from trauma and need medical care as a result. These children come with a host of complex medical histories that requires the clinic to act as a medical home for these children to give them a safe place to land, even when caregivers and situations change constantly.
Today, it is my heartfelt mission to provide weighted blankets to children in crisis in foster care. Knowing what I know now about the power of Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation and weighted blankets, I wish that this tool had been available to me as a child. Likely it would have saved me some sleepless nights and provided comfort in those times I didn't yet feel safe. Maybe it would have lessened the impact of the trauma which followed me into adulthood in the forms of anxiety, insomnia, and depression.
I know that although the blankets will not heal all of these children’s wounds, they do provide a sense of comfort and security when everything else in their lives is so uncertain. The therapeutic benefits of the weighted blankets will compliment any therapy the child is currently receiving by providing a simple tool that helps to relax and regulate the nervous system through Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation.
DPTS lowers cortisol (the stress hormone) and raises serotonin as well as melatonin (the relaxation hormones). This calming effect will help children to feel comforted and allow them to fall asleep faster and sleep more restfully. This is incredibly important at a time when stress levels are high in any aged person, but especially children.
By giving the gift of a weighted blanket, you can make an immediate difference in a child’s life that is suffering from a crisis.
100% of your contribution to Sleepify's Comfort In Care Program goes directly toward the purchase of a weighted blanket to be "gifted" to Covenant Health Foster Care Clinic. For every $100 collected Sleepify will be able to contribute one blanket directly to the clinic. From there it will be distributed to a child who has been identified by the Clinic team as someone who will benefit from DPTS.
**Contributions are not eligible for tax receipts as contributions go towards the purchase of a physical product **
To learn more about Covenant Health Foster Care Clinic please visit The Vital Beat .
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