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A society committed to the well-being of our children.


Advance Awareness, Accelerate Knowledge, and Advocate for Change to optimize society’s resources for the well-being of children.


Include the areas of child well-being  child safety, child health, school success, and economic stability for their families

We believe the well-being of our children is the most important thing on Earth. Yes, there are many serious issues facing our world, our nation and our state that require long-term solutions. But if our children are not healthy physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually none of these solutions will come forth because it is in the hearts and hands of our children where the solution lie. Working collaboratively with others, we are elevating the well-being of our children.

ChildWise Institute is driven by more than thirty years of experience from its founding organization (Intermountain) healing young children who’ve suffered complex emotional trauma from abuse, neglect and chaotic environments. The founders of ChildWise had been increasingly dismayed by this swirling epidemic and the absence of a cohesive and collaborative effort to address it. ChildWise Institute was created with a dedicated focus to address this public health crisis and be a catalyst for social change.

CHILDWISE exists for impact, measurable outcomes, and societal change, because clarity about what truly matters and being abhorred by the maltreatment of children changes nothing. It requires action. Action that is passionate, competent and focused with a vision to make a total difference in the life of one child, and then another, and then another…

Together we can act. We can create a more family-centered culture where every child is emotionally & physically healthy, and has a healthy permanent home. Together, we can do what truly matters.

We, as a society, have enjoyed clean air, clean highways, and smoke-free airplanes all because people got angry enough about injustice that they did something about it. Yet, people in general don’t seem to even be aware of the many serious issues facing of our children today, let alone join a campaign to stop the injustices.


  • There exists a huge gap between the common assumptions about child maltreatment and of the reality, depth, and scope of the problem.
  • There exists a huge gap between the understanding about complex emotional trauma and the expertise to treat it, particularly in the home and outpatient settings.
  • There exists a huge gap between the protection and support our governments  presume children should receive, and what these children and their families actually need.


  • A VISION for a society that is committed to the well-being of our children.
  • A MISSION to advance awareness, accelerate knowledge, and advocate for change to optimize society’s resources for the well-being of children.
  • ADVANCE AWARENESS: Be a strong and consistent voice to elevate the well-being of our children, increasing public awareness and action on their behalf.
  • ACCELERATE KNOWLEDGE. Accelerate knowledge, understanding, and best practices around child well-being issues, improving family and social life for vulnerable children.
  • AFFECT CHANGE THROUGH ADVOCACY. Influence positive change for the funding, protection, treatment and well-being of children and their families.
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