The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about one in seven adolescents aged 10 to 19 worldwide suffer from mental health problems. During adolescence, adolescents tend to feel restless and have changes in physical, emotional, and social circles, making their emotions more vulnerable to distress, which can affect all aspects of their lives, such as academic performance, interpersonal relationships, and mental health problems. When adolescents have mental health problems, their chances of engaging in high-risk behaviors such as substance abuse, alcohol abuse, and drug abuse may increase, and these bad habits will continue and affect adulthood, exerting a negative impact on their lives as adults.
Among the Chinese children adopted in the United States, some are special children, who have certain problems in psychology, physiology, language, etc. From the perspective of psychological characteristics, such children have a strong sense of self-awareness, and are prone to discomfort in collective life, which can lead to emotional depression, tension, and other states. They are easily influenced by external factors, have weak emotional stability, and rely heavily on their families and parents. However, many adopted families do not know how to solve the problems faced by their children, which leads to high mental pressure on the parents themselves.
Children and adolescents are in an important period of physical and mental development, and require the care of family, teachers, volunteers, and other caregivers to effectively prevent and control their psychological problems, avoid the development of mental illness, and improve their social adaptation and interpersonal skills in the future. This will reduce the burden on adoptive families and creating happier tomorrows today.
Creating Happier Tomorrows Today
Family is the starting point of life, and many problems of people originate from early upbringing. In the process of children's growth, it is necessary to pay attention to their mental health issues, so that they can grow up in a positive, healthy and optimistic environment and have the ability to achieve happiness.
We launched the "Tomorrow's Smiles" program in November 2023, aiming to provide free mental health knowledge, counseling, and guidance services to families, caregivers, teachers, volunteers, and other relevant individuals who have adopted Chinese children in the United States, in order to guide, intervene, and treat mental health issues in children and adolescents, thereby enhancing their sense of happiness, security, recognition, and fulfillment, and creating happier tomorrows today.
We have gathered experts in the fields of psychological education, cognitive development, and psychopathology for children and adolescents from around the world to participate in the "Tomorrow's Smiles" and provide support through online teaching and interaction.
This program is open all year-round. Adoptive families can apply to the foundation at any time.