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Parents and Children

It’s difficult to change people as they get older. It’s easy to damage them when they are very young. These insights, simple yet profoundly important and confirmed by contemporary neuroscience, drive everything the Child Welfare Fund does. We believe that healthy parent-infant attachment is crucial to the rest of a child’s life.

“If I had $37 billion, I would focus it on the crucial node where attachment skills are formed: the parental relationship during the first few years of life.”

-- David Brooks, “Of Human Bonding,” NY Times, July 2, 2006

What We Do

We concentrate on New York City, where we fund and promote:

  • Public awareness of the new science of infancy and its implications
  • Public policies to reduce early childhood stress and trauma
  • Treatment programs for parent-infant attachment

"There is no such thing as a baby. . . . A baby cannot exist alone, but is essentially part of a relationship."

-- Donald Winnicott, MD, 1947 radio broadcast.