Linelly Olmeda Santos, Building Community Through Movement and Dance for Children in Foster Care
Date grant awarded: May 17, 2016
Children in foster care experience multiple trauma and loss affecting their ability to form relationships and experience a sense of belonging, safety, support and self-esteem. Building Community through Movement and Dance (BCMD) for Children in Foster Care will integrate creative movement and dance/movement therapy, a form of psychotherapy which uses movement or dance, to address their emotional, physical, cognitive and behavioral needs. For one year BCMD will have several groups of children meet once a week to dance, move and interact with each other in a safe place. They will be able to express their emotions, build problem solving and coping skills as well as work on increasing self-esteem, trust, social skills, body awareness and empowerment.