Virginia's Children Need You! 

Every year, the number of children in need of services grows, while state and local funds remain stagnant or shrinks.

Elk Hill’s ability to serve all children is under pressure.

Access Changes Everything

Access means success in school

Poor mental health can impact a child’s success during school years and is linked to high drop-out rates, and the corollaries of classroom disruption. 22 % of school-aged children

and youth have a diagnosable mental health  disorder.

Access means being healthier and saving lives

Mental health issues have been linked to high rates of depression, anxiety and suicide rates for the child. Research shows that half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. 

Boy's Portrait

Scholarships for 150 children

who need care but have

no access to funding.

Child Model

Flexibility to reach 75 children early, before mental and behavioral health problems escalate to a crisis.

Workforce training to help

40 kids keep their feet after

leaving Elk Hill.

You empower children, unlocking major roadblocks to access, progress, and lasting impact.

Our Donors Gave Tim a Chance to Shine 

Now six years old, Tim is no longer that wounded child standing alone on the playground. He plays with friends and participates in a local soccer team. He’s able to talk to his therapist about what has happened to him. He uses his words to express his frustration instead of his fists.

 

His family is committed to his success and is confident in their ability to support him. Elk Hill has been working to shift our services upstream so we can help vulnerable children, like Tim, at a young age.

 

This early intervention strategy diverts children from the path so many of our teenage clients have traveled: school suspensions, alternative school placements, hospitalizations, multiple foster home moves, and involvement with the juvenile justice system.

In VA, there are over 200,000 youth living with undiagnosed mental

health disorders.