Forrester traced the high number of kids needing help coping with trauma — a quarter or more of the population at some schools — in part to the increased incarceration of adults in New Haven. Among the children with whom the program works, 45 to 50 percent have had a parent or caregiver incarcerated. Many have also seen their parents get arrested or witnessed violence that led to the arrest.
Mom didn’t know that her 9-year-old boy heard her crying every night. His acting out in school brought that fact to light — and led to a solution.