Children Need a Chance: A Highlight on a Non-Profit The Linda Ray Intervention Center
Stephanie Martson once said that, “Self-esteem is the real magic wand that can form a child’s future. Children’s self-esteem affects every area of their existence, from the friends they choose, to how well they do academically in school, to what kind of job they get, to even the person they choose to become.” Imagine being ill equipped with life’s basic necessities in order to approach life to build on that self-esteem. There are children who have been challenged by such issues. They have either suffered from parental substance abuse, the instabilities associated from being in the child welfare system, experienced developmental delays that ultimately impact school learning or lack the access to quality early childhood programs.
Some of these children and their families are stuck in the vicious cycle of substance abuse and the minimal attainment of life’s necessities. They are stuck in a life of perpetual poverty and school failure. However, non-profit organizations such as the Linda Ray Intervention Center (LRIC) offer these children a starting chance.
Serving Miami’s population of at-risk babies, LRIC has been helping toddlers since 1993. The LRIC offers specialized intervention programs and provides early intervention services to prenatally exposed cocaine infants and toddlers, as well as, individual treatment for toddlers identified as language delayed.
The benefits of LRIC programs are far-reaching to many families and their communities. LRIC are funded to do research by Florida’s Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Programs for Children with Disabilities ages newborn to three years old. Each day, LRIC’s vans make their way into high risk neighborhoods in Miami. These vans bring neighborhood, court-referred children and their families to and from the Center for parent-child therapy sessions, parenting programs and medical appointments as needed.
All of this is possible through the public support that encourages LRIC to continue delivering much needed services to Florida communities. But recent Miami-Dade budget cuts have greatly affected the grants aimed at improving these programs, so please take a few minutes of your time to support the Linda Ray Intervention Center (LRIC) by making a tax-deductible gift online at www.lindaraycenter.miami.edu.