The WestSide Baby 2016 Community Impact Report

A Baby’s Brain on Poverty

 It is estimated that over 21,000 children aged five and under in King County live below the federal poverty line.

Poverty has been linked to “toxic stress” in children. Long-term studies show that toxic stress, when experienced in the first three years of a child’s life, can significantly impede brain development. Without it, kids brains are free to develop fully.

“We literally walked away from everything, shoes, diapers, toothbrushes, furniture, we had nothing… Even when we got stable housing, I was pregnant and I was sleeping in a recliner because I didn’t have a bed.” 

    -WestSide Baby recipient and domestic violence survivor. 

If children’s basic needs are met then some of the immediate stressors are removed for parents to provide better care to their children, and for kids to just be kids.

 

WestSide Baby is There In A Crisis

We envision a day when all children in King County are equipped with the basic items they need to grow into healthy, happy members of our community.

Working with over 114 social service agencies we provide essential diapers, clothing and equipment to babies and children in need. In 2016 our clients have included:

refugees / families fleeing domestic violence / children with disabilities / children living in deep poverty / food bank recipients / teen parents / families who need a little extra help. 

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