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Rebuilding futures, one child at a time. More than a declaration or tagline, these words represent a clear, strong and powerful focus. They not only reflect the determination America's Child has in continuing to fulfill its mission, but also the conviction of its successes.

Since inception, our determination to make a difference in the lives of children has been a constant, forward-thinking focus. The Annual Report recaps the America's Child impact and its programming and fiscal successes.

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A Message from the President

In the wake of the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and the subsequent War on Terror, the majority of the survivors seeking help, including children, experienced some degree of PTSD. Research from a recent study indicates that a large number of children also developed "psychiatric disorders, severe physiological stress and functional impairment." There is also evidence that PTSD causes biological changes in the brain chemistry of children and adolescents, along with altering their level of stress hormones. These changes affect children at important stages in their lives. Many children we serve appear to be getting better, only to discover as they enter puberty and high school or step into the world and go to college, they begin experiencing difficulties again. Even very young children, who did not experience problems at first, begin to struggle as they become more aware of the world around them.

America's Child and generous individuals like you understand the uniqueness of these children. Through continued donations, America's Child continues to provide long-term assistance, ensuring that when the need arises, child victims have the resources available to begin and/or continue the healing process. By providing these underserved children with financial assistance, they are able to combat the grief, fear, anger, confusion and depression often associated with losing a parent. With our assistance, these victimized children will continue the long process of healing their hearts that were so quickly shattered in one moment, on one day. They will have the opportunity to lead as normal a life as possible and become responsible, contributing members of society.

America's Child has been serving the surviving children of our Nation's Heroes with the support and generosity of every day Americans, like you. Thank you for your continued support of the children of our American Heroes. Please know we are personally working with each family, with care and compassion. And we will continue to do so. Please join us in this coninued effort to create more hopeful and promising futures, one child at a time.

Michele Ritter
CEO/President







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