Having been removed from homes where abuse and/or neglect were dramatically demonstrated, foster-care children are often relocated from placement to placement. This lack of permanence leads to the child developing tremendous negative feelings. CARRY’s programs are a virtuous circle, and they center on self-esteem because that emotion engenders the related and strong emotion of pride, which in turn increases self-confidence. Self-esteem and its ancillary emotions instill a sense of success and the confidence that any goal is attainable. Positive self-esteem also provides these children with the resilience necessary to overcome peer pressure, hostile situations, opposition and contempt.
Students in CARRY range from elementary school to high school. We source our students from school districts, religious organizations, and non-profit organizations with similar missions. Our students are typically involved in three or more of CARRY programs, which facilitates the virtuous circle of compassionate care and supportive connection, which is what these children are truly lacking. This virtuous circle of quality programs helps restore and build their self-esteem and their hope for the future.