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I am a caseworker at a homless youth shelter, and I totally agree with KendraSue. If the caring individuals stick with it, things can change--and do. I have witnessed it myself. Kids need to trust someone, and they need validation. We can give them these things in small ways, such as actively listening, validating their feelings, or expressing interest in musical or artistic talent. We need to notice what makes a young person unique and then encourage that. For most traumatized youth, this attention from an adult is rare and welcomed. It can make them feel valued and can give them direction they desperately need to walk forward.
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