About

Helping children and families heal from trauma through connection. 

Chosen approach to trauma

Chosen is dedicated to supporting children and youth in overcoming trauma by creating strong, stable relationships within foster, kinship, adoptive, and reunified families. Through our clinical services, and trauma training, we offer evidence-based methods to prevent disruptions and ensure lasting connections for every child.

MISSION + VALUES

Chosen was founded with a single mission: to help children, youth, and families prevent and heal trauma from maltreatment through healthy relational connections.

Faith

Service

Excellence

Integrity

Compassion

Stewardship

Need Help? Get started with two complimentary sessions

Need Help? Get started with two complimentary sessions

Trauma occurs when a child is separated from their birth parents. Adoptive parents may struggle with addressing trauma and attaching to the child. Chosen can help you find connection and healing.
Birth parents who are reunified with their children are trying their best to reconnect with their children and stabilize their homes. Chosen gives reunified families the tools they need to heal together.
Often, kinship caregivers do not expect to be in this position. When a grandparent or extended family member welcomes a child into their home, Chosen provides resources to help navigate the situation.
Fostering begins with a big heart, but it can be overwhelming. When stressful behaviors emerge in children, foster parents may find themselves wanting to give up. Chosen is here to help you persevere.

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PAVING THE WAY TO RESILIENCY

5C Connection Framework

We approach each situation with our 5C Connection Framework; clinical research, compassion, collaboration, creativity, and most importantly community. By connecting families with the right combination of resources, we have witnessed miraculous outcomes when our licensed, trauma-informed practitioners intercede by exhausting every resource at their disposal until our families have a workable plan to follow.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

We were all created for deep connection

Attachment theory is the basis of our model of care. Children’s brains heal from trauma by attaching to a safe, loving caregiver.

We Are Relational

Our work is not transactional but truly transformational, which requires trust. By strengthening the relationship between the child and caregiver, healing begins.

We Are Relentless

Our team does whatever it takes to ensure children are on a path of healing. We equip families with the tools they need and walk beside them on their journeys. 

We Are Restorative

Our service restores hope and connections in families. Healthy families shape healthy communities.

FROM FUNDING ADOPTIONS TO HELPING CHILDREN HEAL

Our mission evolved from a need

Chosen was conceived in the heart of our founder, Jenni Lord, at the start line of a half-marathon. She had the thought that she needed to be running for something bigger than herself. Passionate about vulnerable children, Chosen originally began as a race event to supplement adoption funds under a national nonprofit.

Soon, the team recognized much deeper family needs to help children heal and have permanency. Chosen restructured as an independent nonprofit in 2016 and updated its mission to focus on children healing from trauma by strengthening their families.

2008

Idea for Chosen conceived.

2010

First race begins and nets $100k for adoption funds.

2014

Pivotal question: How can we better serve families?

2015

Developed strategic plan to shift service model.

2016

Restructured and launched pilot for 50 clients.

2021

1,726 clients served and establish a training program.

Connect with an Intake Specialist

Our talented intake specialist is likely to be the first person to welcome you. Their empathy and personal experience will help you and your family feel comfortable.