HeARTS Giving Hope: Music Therapy Helps Kids Heal
Kinship Center Children’s Mental Health Clinics in Orange County are enjoying a new partnership with HeARTS Giving Hope, a Southern California-based nonprofit that uses the power of music and arts to heal, inspire and empower. Now in its ninth year, the organization began as a class project of President and Co-founder Christiane Kinney, to combine her passion for working with abused and underprivileged children with her love of music and arts.
“I am overwhelmed by all those who have joined forces with HeARTS Giving Hope to make a difference for children,” says Kinney. “Most of all, I am touched by the impact our volunteers have made on the lives of hundreds of children to date, and the difference we can all make in the lives of countless children in the future.”
This month the nonprofit donated the services of a certified music therapist to work with children in Kinship Center’s Orange County clinics, beginning with a new eight-week group for girls ages 8-13. Kinship Center clinic therapist Cindy Roe says a boy’s group is planned for January. “We are so excited about this new relationship,” says Roe. “They are giving us a wonderful avenue to help our children heal.”
Kinship Center’s children’s mental health clinics in Orange County, San Luis Obispo County and Monterey County provide professional therapeutic services to more than 600 children each week, helping them heal from past abuse, neglect and abandonment and become part of healthy, stable families. Music, art, drama, dance, yoga, animal-assisted therapy, baking, gardening, sports, and nature are regularly used in creative ways by Kinship Center therapists to help children’s minds and bodies heal.
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