An Outreach Program for Children Affected by Critical Incidences.

The Program

The National Institute of Mental Health recently reported that research findings indicate that how parents, significant adults and communities respond to a critical incident strongly influences children's ability to recover from it.  Parents, teachers, emergency workers and health professionals can help children to be prepared for critical incidences and to recover from such incidences through training and education.  Appropriate and timely interventions that protect children from trauma of critical incidences are extremely important in helping children cope.  Building on the already successful work of the T.R.A.C. Team with children in schools, day camps, hospitals, emergency workers, churches and synagogues, clubs, community groups, medical schools and nursing schools, libraries, Parent Teacher Associations, universities and colleges.

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Mission Statement

T.R.A.C. Team, Inc. is an integrated program of response, preparedness, education and training that supports, protects and empowers children, their families and their communities to deal with critical incidences such as natural disasters, violence, trauma and terrorism.  The T.R.A.C. Team believes that especially during difficult times children have the right to feel confident that their concerns and needs will be addressed, that they are valuable and effective participating members in the mitigation of critical incidences and that their decisions and actions related to critical incidences can make a difference.  The T.R.A.C. Team assists children in their development to become healthy and responsible citizens for our future.

Trauma Response Assistance for Children

Our children are our future.  Treat them well.
Since the 11th of September 2001, many people throughout New York and the United States have manifested deep physical, emotional, financial, spiritual and psychological problems.  They have had to adapt to a new way of living filled with fear, insecurity and anxiety.  Many of them feel overwhelmed with the daily bombardment of bad news, neediness, the sense of loss.  Perhaps the most devastated and least recognized victims of this tragedy have been our children.  T.R.A.C. Team has recognized and addressed this situation by conducting one-on-one peer counseling and group presentations.

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington D.C. on September 11, 2001, enormous numbers of children are struggling with the emotional impact of large-scale damage and losses of life.  The vivid images of the World Trade Center Towers collapsing with thousands of people trapped inside the buildings has been forever etched in our children's minds - whether from firsthand witness or from repeated television viewings.  Many of our children have been gravely affected.  They may be short-tempered, violent, suffer from nightmares and have eating disorders.  This has created difficulties in their ability to concentrate on their schoolwork.  Unfortunately a large percentage of these children have not been given appropriate care and support.  They have not had the opportunity to have their questions answered or to express their fears and anxieties.  We as an organization try to answer their questions and give them the chance to express what they are feeling while teaching coping skills to help deal with their fears and anxieties.

While these disastrous events have caught the Nation's attention, they are only a small fraction of the many tragic episodes and critical incidences that affects children's lives.  Each year many children sustain injuries from violence or are adversely affected by witnessing a violent or catastrophic event whether from a plane crash, natural disaster or a terrorist attack.  Research has shown that some children suffer only worries and bad memories that will fade with emotional support and the passage of time.  Others are more deeply affected and experience long-term problems.  Their emotional reactions, including fear, depression, withdrawal and anger, can occur immediately or some time after an event.  The literature is filled with information about how children's personalities can be seriously damaged or altered if they have experienced any critical incident such as trauma, abuse, or violence.