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Become a Cycle Breaker

Partner with AGCI and help break the cycle that keeps children in institutions, families in systemic poverty, and vulnerable young adults from following their dreams.

Through a monthly gift of $24 or more, you can break this devastating cycle and help vulnerable children and families thrive. We don’t believe in a one-size fits all approach—which is why we partner with local leaders in each region that we serve in to ensure that we are addressing the unique issues facing that region. We work with our local teams to develop solutions that are effective, culturally appropriate, and sustainable. Your gift each month will lift up children and families in most desperate need.

Children and families need you. Without your help, the cycle continues.


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Without intervention, this traumatic cycle continues for generations. You can help break the cycle that traps children and families.


BEHAVIOR: 75% of people who are depressed experienced early trauma. 

BRAIN Children living in institutions have an average IQ that is 20 points lower than peers who live in family environments.

BODY: If left untreated, children with high Adverse Childhood Experience scores (ACEs) face a 20-year decrease in life expectancy.

BELIEFS: Without intervention, children with high ACE scores are 12x more likely to attempt suicide.

BIOLOGY: The effects of trauma span generations. Through epigenetics, trauma is passed down from parent to child.

1. Childhood Trauma and Its Relation to Chronic Depression in Adulthood, Alexa Negele, Johannes Kaufhold, Lisa Kallenbach, Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber | 2. IQ of Children Growing Up in Children’s Homes: A Meta-Analysis on IQ Delays in Orphanages, Marinus H. van IJzendoorn, Maartje P C M Luijk, Femmie Juffer | 3. Adverse Childhood Experiences, The Burke Foundation | 4. The Relationship between Childhood Trauma and Suicidal Ideation: Role of Maltreatment and Potential Mediators, Yong-Chun Bahk, Seon-Kyeong Jang, Kee-Hong Choi, Seung-Hwan Lee | 5. Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma Effects: Putative Role of Epigenetic Mechanisms, Rachel Yehuda, Amy Lehrner

You can help children heal from trauma and help break the cycle that traps children and families.


To get started, choose the region from which you’d like to receive updates or choose Cycle Breakers Global and receive updates from around the world!


When you become a Cycle Breaker, you become part of a global movement that is breaking the cycle for children and families around the world! Here’s what you can expect:

  • A handmade bracelet from a child who has been impacted by your support
  • Regular text updates
  • An exclusive, inside look into AGCI’s work in the region of your choice
  • Quarterly updates on lives you have changed around the world
  • The knowledge that you are part of breaking the cycle—once and for all


Over the course of a year, your monthly support will help us accomplish things like:

  • Reunite a child on the streets with their family of origin.
  • Deliver emergency food and medical care for a family on the brink of dissolution.
  • Work with administrative teams so that something as simple as paperwork doesn’t prevent a child from being eligible for adoption.
  • Provide tutoring to help a young woman in the child welfare system get her degree and change her future.
  • Partner with a child welfare agency to create policies that empower local caregivers in providing trauma-informed care.
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