We aim to help children grow as confident, and caring human beings through increasing awareness and striving to reduce the negative impact of stressful or traumatic events and situations that affect the development, health and well-being of infants, children, youth and families. There is a wide variety of stressful and potentially traumatic events that can overwhelm a child's natural ability to cope and heal. Experiences related to health care, hospitalization, and orphanages can lead to feelings of fear, confusion, loss of control, and isolation that can inhibit their natural development and have negative effects on their physical and emotional health.
Through your support, ROSIE, provides therapeutic entertainment, care packages, and dreams come true to children facing traumatic situations. Because of you, we are able to move hearts, and comfort families in ways nothing else can, speeding up the healing process by creating a stress-free environment where children can continue to be children. Our desire is for children across the world to know that no matter how much or how little we may have, we can all share lovingkindness. If you know of a child who is going through a traumatic situation and hasn't received a ROSIE care package, go to the "Refer A Child" page to request a hospital delivery.
Going through a traumatic experience can be a confusing and stressful experience for children, adolescents, and their families. Children process information from the world around them much differently than adults. They have distinct needs for managing the effects of stress and trauma. In times of crisis, children want to know, "Who will take care of me?" They're dependent on adults for their survival and security. They need to know that they are going to be taken care of. Without the assistance of those who understand and are compassionate to their unique perspective, children of all ages may experience emotions such as fear, shame, confusion and loneliness, which can inhibit their natural development, and have lasting negative effects on their wellbeing. At ROSIE, we believe that by providing the resources to develop positive emotional support for children facing a broad range of challenging experiences, particularly those related to healthcare and hospitalization, we can elevate many of these issues before they arise. When children are given opportunities to cope successfully with challenging experiences, they see themselves as more capable, more in control, and more reassured. This success often leads to a more positive sense of self, as well as a healthier regard for medical procedures in general. When children feel less fearful about their circumstances, they experience greater emotional well-being and less psychological distress. Therapeutic play intervention improves the child’s affect on, anxiety symptoms, level of distress, depression symptoms, regression, aggression, and fear, as well as enhances a child’s ability to cope.