I have spent the majority of my career in mental health, working with youth and young adults, so I know that what happens to you as a child plays a significant role in the person you become. When we’re young, our brain is elastic and ready to adapt to our circumstances. Our surroundings teach us answers to many questions: Do I feel safe? Are my needs being met? Can I trust the people in my world? Who are healthy and safe people? Therapeutic interventions help us unpack the lessons we learned as...

“Before becoming a foster parent, I never really had to care for anyone but myself. Being a foster dad and being responsible for another human being has humbled me a lot. It made me realize that there are things in this world that are so much bigger than me. It has changed both me and my partner for the better,” shared Larry, who fosters with his partner David through CHRIS 180’s Gateway to Adoption program. Foster parents who provide a loving, secure and stable home can help children in foster care...

Gun violence and gun control has become a highly politicized topic of discussion in America. In the past few years, as we lived through the COVID-19 pandemic,  there has been an increase in news coverage about school shootings, protests and demonstrations, police brutality and  deadly crimes.  According to the Pew Research Center, nearly half of Americans (48%) see gun violence as a major problem in the country. In our April 2022 episode of CHRIS 180’s Lunchtime Live Series,  four of the organization’s trauma-informed experts discussed  the work they do to prevent...

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month, where we celebrate the great service that our foster parents pay to their community by inviting foster children into their homes. Since our founding in 1981,  CHRIS 180 has served foster children throughout the state of Georgia that are in the custody of the Division of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS). These children, who range in ages, have been separated from their families for a variety of reasons and our foster parents step in to parent them during this season of need. While...

Thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, Georgia’s metro-Atlanta area organizations and leaders have come together as the Coalition for the Georgia Child Victims of the Opioid Epidemic. Through this public/private partnership of 20 organizations and individuals, the coalition works to establish a community-driven, comprehensive and multidisciplinary response to children and youth who are crime victims as a result of the opioid crisis. [caption id="attachment_22708" align="alignnone" width="791"] Coalition for the Georgia Child Victims of the Opioid Epidemic[/caption] The opioid epidemic has taken a devastating toll...

Resource fair highlights substance use recovery programs during National Recovery Month Atlanta-based mental health nonprofit CHRIS 180 will host its first fair highlighting the organization’s programs and services available for those on their journey of recovering from addiction.  The community is invited to attend the event Saturday, October 2, at CHRIS 180 located at 1030 Fayetteville Road SE in Atlanta from 10:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M. to close out National Recovery Month, which is annually observed in September. CHRIS 180’s recovery programs provide trauma-informed, wraparound care for those struggling with substance use disorder and...

If this year has taught me anything, it is that there is a lot of stuff I cannot change. That realization has brought on frequent feelings of powerlessness, helplessness and frustration. It has also sometimes brought about anger, sadness and a downright desire to just throw my hands up in the air and say, “forget it all!” 2020: The Year of Uncertainty For most of us, this year has brought with it an onslaught of new stressors that could be enough to take the most positive, happy, successful, highly functioning person and...