Every day, children in foster care are touched by the emotional suffering of separation caused by death of a parent, child welfare involvement, incarceration of a loved one, or other significant event traumas. And, while a few children are resilient, we know that most do not bounce back without help. Children need guidance and compassion to prevent a loss event from literally defining their lives through later destructive choices. In fact, research proves that unresolved grief leaves kids vulnerable to major at-risk behaviors. Rainbows programs offer coping tools to build the confidence and self-esteem of these hurting children, improve communication in their families and peer relationships, prevent destructive behaviors such as involvement with gangs, alcohol and drug abuse, and ultimately improve school attendance and academic performance. Rainbows provides a training curriculum for volunteers to facilitate these sessions as well as a curriculum for use with participating youth.