Director's Corner
The Power of Presence
By Claire Louge, Executive Director

A few months ago, I was watching a discussion between renowned neuroscientist and author Dr. Bruce Perry and Dr. Melissa Merrick, the President and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America. The discussion was centered on Dr. Perry’s new book, What Happened to You?

There was one concept that particularly struck me. Dr. Perry said that anything done to effectively promote child well-being has one common goal: to make it more possible for parents and caregivers to be present with their children

He didn’t mean ‘present’ as in ‘always with them’. He meant present in the sense of being able to be attentive and connected when they are together.

Why does presence matter so much?