Connecticut, New Jersey, New York
Blythedale Children’s Hospital – The Peony Project at Blythedale Children’s Hospital ($50,000)
Blythedale Children’s Hospital provides care for patients with emerging medical conditions. The Peony Project at Blythedale Children’s Hospital is designed to promote healing in the lives of acutely and chronically abused children between the ages of 0 and 21 by providing consistent psychosocial support. The primary goal of the program is to help children demonstrate an emotional preparedness to transition out of the hospital setting and into their permanent residences. HFC funds will support the Child Life Specialist who will work with their existing team to offer intensive Child Life services.
Center for Family Representation, Inc. – Interdisciplinary Advocacy Teams ($50,000)
Center for Family Representation is a New York not-for-profit organization that provides free legal and social work services to low-income families. The Interdisciplinary Advocacy Teams program brings together teams consisting of a lawyer, social worker, and parent advocate that work to prevent foster care placement, and when it cannot be avoided, shorten the children’s length of stay in care to minimize the consequences of prolonged separation on children and families. The primary goal of the program is to strengthen families and keep them together. HFC funds will support the interdisciplinary advocacy teams, particularly the social work staff and parent advocates.
The Child Center of New York – Asian Outreach, School-Based Child Abuse Prevention Project ($40,000)
The Child Center of NY (CCNY) is a nonprofit organization providing culturally sensitive services to at-risk children and families in Queens. The Asian Outreach, School-Based Child Abuse Prevention Project provides mental health screenings to students and provides therapy for those students and families that are at risk of abuse or neglect. Through the program, CCNY also conducts parent education workshops and educates the school community about child abuse and available services for multi-lingual students. The primary goal of the program is to prevent abuse and neglect. HFC funds will support the school-based psychiatric social workers, who are fluent in diverse Asian languages.
Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut – Mental Health Services for Physically and Sexually Abused Children ($60,000)
The Child Guidance Center is an outpatient mental health center for children and adolescents in Connecticut. The Mental Health Services program serves sexually abused, physically abused, and neglected children through the interagency Child Sexual Abuse Response Team (SART), which integrates criminal justice and child protective services investigations with mental health services for child abuse victims and their non-offending caregivers. The primary goals of treatment are to protect children from further abuse and reduce the trauma they have experienced. HFC funds will support the clinical social workers, psychotherapists, and the program director.
Children’s Hospital Foundation at Westchester Medical Center – Forensic Acute Care Team ($50,000)
The Children’s Hospital Foundation at Westchester Medical Center is a not-for-profit organization that offers advanced pediatric care to the most critically ill and injured children residing in New York’s Hudson Valley, in lower Connecticut, and in northern New Jersey. The Forensic Acute Care Team organizes teams of skilled health-care professionals to provide emergency department medical care for children and adolescents under 18 years of age who experience acute sexual abuse or assault. The primary goal of the program is to address these children’s needs effectively and in a timely manner. HFC funds will support the program manager and on-call medical providers.
Children’s Museum of the Arts – ARTogether ($40,000)
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) is a museum that provides hands-on art experiences for children. ARTogether is a museum-based family support program for at-risk families involved in the New York City child welfare system. The program teaches caregivers how to understand and meet their children’s needs, correct negative behavior, and develop stronger bonds through hands-on art activities, interactive play, and individualized guidance by a clinically trained art therapist. The primary goal of the program is to strengthen families and help them achieve a safe, stable, and nurturing life. HFC funds will support the art therapist.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New York – Fostering Success: Youth Transitioning from Care ($60,000)
CASA of New York is a child advocacy organization whose mission is to help move children quickly through New York City’s foster care system into safe, permanent homes. The Fostering Success program targets the growing number of older foster youth who rarely have opportunities for reunification, adoption, or other placement with caring adults. Program services include GED and college admissions assistance, job training, counseling, and services for pregnant teens. The goal of the Fostering Success program is to ensure that adolescents are prepared to meet the demands of young adulthood. HFC funds will support the Program Coordinator.
Covenant House New York/Under 21 – Safe Families Project ($50,000)
Covenant House is a childcare agency that provides emergency shelter and other services for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth in New York City. The Safe Families Project is a child abuse prevention program for the residents of the Mother Child Emergency Shelter Program. The program provides young, homeless, single mothers with information regarding child abuse and maltreatment through group workshops, one-on-one counseling to address trauma, and parenting skills workshops. The primary goal of the program is to help mothers raise their children in a safe, healthy, and loving environment. HFC funds will support program staff.
The Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse of Southern Connecticut – Hispanic Crisis Parent Aide Program ($50,000)
Exchange Club is a child abuse prevention and treatment organization serving the greater Stamford area. The Hispanic Crisis Parent Aide Program provides intensive home based services to high risk Hispanic or predominantly Spanish speaking families who are referred for service because they are deemed at high risk of abuse. A trained Parent Aide models and teaches parents about child development, age appropriate discipline, stress relief, anger management, and more nurturing ways of parenting in order to break the cycle of abuse. HFC funds will support two Parent Aides, other program staff, and cover a portion of the program’s expenses.
Fund for the City of New York / Center for Court Innovation – Bronx Child and Adolescent Witness Support Program ($40,000)
The Center for Court Innovation is dedicated to problem-serving justice, which is the idea that communities and the justice system can work together to respond to social problems. The Bronx Child and Adolescent Witness Support Program provides mental health assessment and treatment soon after a child's exposure to violent crime. The clinical team provides early identification and assessment services as well as trauma-focused therapy. The primary goal of the program is to reduce post-traumatic stress reactions in children and strengthen families. HFC funds will support the Bilingual Therapist.
Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) – Support Services Program ($70,000)
GEMS is a New York City not-for-profit organization committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children. The Support Services Program provides essential services to victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. Services include holistic case management, counseling, educational and employment support, and public speaking and community organizing education. The primary goals of the program are to help sexually exploited girls exit the commercial sex industry and enter into healthy, independent adulthood. HFC funds will support program staff and cover a portion of the program’s expenses.
Hetrick-Martin Institute – Supportive Services Program ($50,000)
Hetrick-Martin Institute is a nonprofit organization that empowers, educates, and advocates for LGBTQ youth. The Support Services Program provides individualized case management, counseling, mental and physical health education, and referral services for at-risk LGBTQ youth. The primary goal of the program is to help youth overcome trauma-related issues and help them develop positively. HFC funds will support the Director of Clinical and Counseling Services and the Director of Youth Services, and will support the purchase of supplies and materials for the program.
Hispanic Counseling Center – Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Program ($30,000)
Hispanic Counseling Center (HCC) is a multiservice center in Nassau County that promotes family and community wellness with a fully bilingual/bicultural staff. The Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Program targets underserved Hispanic families. The program addresses the needs of child victims/witnesses of domestic violence through psychiatric evaluations and individual psychotherapy. The victim parent participates in educational groups and family therapy sessions. The primary goal of the program is to break the familial cycle of abuse and to effect lasting beneficial change. HFC funds will support program staff and a portion of the program’s expenses.
The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS) – Court Team for Babies ($62,500)
The Jewish Board is a behavioral health and counseling services provider offering over a hundred programs to all New Yorkers. The Court Team for Babies program provides support for families with very young children in foster care who are navigating the legal system, and helps caregivers bond with their children through Child-Parent Psychotherapy. The primary goal of the program is to increase positive outcomes for children in foster care by moving them towards permanency through reunification or adoption. HFC funds will support two social workers.
Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation – Margaret's Place Counseling ($40,000)
The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation is a New York not-for-profit organization committed to helping children who have been victims or witnesses to violence. The Margaret's Place Counseling program is a school-based violence prevention and intervention program that educates and helps students who have been exposed to violence. Services include a comfortable and confidential “safe room” where students can talk or relax, individual and group counseling for victims or witnesses of abuse, violence prevention curriculum, workshops and discussion groups, school wide campaigns, and more. HFC funds will support the school counselors.
Kingsbridge Heights Community Center – Changing Futures Program ($40,000)
Kingsbridge Heights Community Center is a nonprofit multi service agency in the Bronx. The Changing Futures Program empowers child survivors of sexual abuse by helping them improve coping skills. The program also provides counseling, crisis intervention, and treatment to heal the effects of abuse. The primary goal of the program is to offer activities that support abused children and youth in addressing their challenges so they can achieve self-sufficiency. HFC Funds will support the expansion of the program at a second site and will support bilingual staff and a psychiatric consultant.
New Alternatives for Children – Mental Health Treatment for Survivors of Trauma and Abuse ($70,000)
New Alternatives for Children (NAC) is a New York City social service and healthcare organization which specializes in serving children who are medically fragile and/or have multiple disabilities. The Treatment program provides mental health services for children who have experienced sexual, physical, and/or emotional abuse and their non-offending family members. Services include psychiatric and psychological evaluations, individual verbal therapy, group therapy, and alternative therapies. The goal of the program is to help children and families who have experienced various kinds of abuse develop coping mechanisms to help them to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. HFC funds will support program staff.
The New York Center for Children – Therapy Program ($20,000)
The New York Center for Children is a privately-funded, not-for-profit organization providing services for abused children in New York City. The Therapy Program provides specialized trauma-focused individual therapy to children who are victims of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Therapy services are supplemented with tutoring, psychiatric services, and medical services as needed. The primary goal of the program is to help children recover from the trauma of abuse and prevent long-term negative consequences in their lives. HFC funds will support program staff.
The New York Foundling Hospital – Maria Lucadamo Crisis Nursery & Family Center Aftercare Program ($50,000)
The New York Foundling is one of New York City’s oldest social service organizations. The Maria Lucadamo Crisis Nursery and Family Center of The New York Foundling is a safe place for parents who are under extreme pressure, or facing crises, to turn to for temporary respite to ensure their children are kept safe from harm. The Aftercare Program monitors respite families once they are discharged from the Crisis Nursery and connects families to necessary support services. The primary goal of the program is to keep families intact and protect children from potential harm. HFC funds will support the Aftercare Social Worker and cover a portion of the program’s expenses.
New York Foundling Hospital – Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP) ($35,000)
Child Abuse Prevention Program, now at the New York Foundling, uses life sized puppets to teach children to recognize, resist, and report abuse. The program also offers children the opportunity to speak privately with a trained CAPP staff member or guidance counselor to disclose abuse and receive services. Child abuse prevention and intervention trainings will also be provided for school guidance counselors, social workers, and psychologists. HFC funds will support the Professional Training sessions and Child Safety Workshops at schools throughout New York City.
The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children – Trauma Recovery Program ($60,000)
The NYSPCC was established in 1875 in New York City as the first child protective agency in the world. The Trauma Recovery Program is a critical mental health resource for children who have experienced trauma due to physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and family violence. Services include individual therapy for children, family therapy with children and their caregivers, and group therapy to connect children with their peers who have similar experiences. The primary goals of the program are to help children process their traumatic experiences and learn coping skills so they can lead healthy and productive lives. HFC funds will support the mental health clinicians.
North American Family Institute, New York Region (NAFI-NY) – Problematic Sexual Behavior (PSB) Therapist ($40,000)
NAFI-NY in Westchester County is a regional division of a human services organization serving youth who cannot remain in their homes or are involved in the juvenile justice system. The Problematic Sexual Behavior (PSB) program serves foster youth who exhibit PSB and/or have been adjudicated as juvenile sex offenders. Services include direct treatment for youth with PSB focusing on isolation reduction, appropriate expressions of negative emotions, and boundary/expectation setting. Direct treatment will also be provided for siblings who have been victimized. The primary goal of the program is to prevent inappropriate sexual behavior and future offenses. HFC funds will support the PSB Therapist.
Oak Hill/Connecticut Institute for the Blind – Center for Relationship and Sexuality Education ($40,000)
Oak Hill’s mission is to partner with people with disabilities to provide services and solutions promoting independence. The Center for Relationship and Sexuality Education provides individual and group therapy sessions for children and youth with developmental, intellectual, and learning disabilities that have experienced sexual trauma. The primary goal of the program is to minimize trauma symptoms in the children and youth that are served. HFC funds will support personnel costs and equipment to be used for a multi-modal intervention approach.
Prevention Education, Inc. – Child Assault Prevention Program ($40,000)
Prevention Education is a not-for-profit organization providing child abuse prevention programs in Mercer County, New Jersey. The Child Assault Prevention Program provides primary prevention education workshops in public schools, educating pre-K to eighth-grade students, parents, and teachers about child assault and sexual abuse prevention. The primary goal of the program is to ensure that more school children, teachers, and parents increase their knowledge base regarding the sensitive topics of child assault and sexual abuse, personal safety, physical and sexual aggression, and self-protection strategies. HFC funds will support staffing, training, materials and other program expenses.
The Safe Center LI – Bilingual Children's Mental Health Services ($62,500)
The Safe Center LI is a not-for-profit center for child abuse prevention and child victim advocacy in Nassau County. The Bilingual Children's Mental Health Services program provides child abuse victims with bilingual individual, family, and group counseling as well as case management and advocacy services. The primary goals of the program are to improve individual and family functioning, increase resiliency, and decrease re-victimization. HFC funds will support the Bilingual Spanish-speaking Mental Health Specialist and a part-time English speaking Mental Health Specialist, and will cover a portion of the program’s expenses.
Safe Horizon – Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention at the Manhattan Child Advocacy Center ($70,000)
Safe Horizon is a New York not-for-profit organization that prevents violence and promotes justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families, and communities. Safe Horizon’s Manhattan Children’s Advocacy Center is a co-located multi-disciplinary team of police, prosecutors, medical staff, and social workers that investigates, treats, and prosecutes cases of child physical and sexual abuse. The Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CTFSI) is a four-session mental health treatment model that helps decrease the impact of traumatic events on children and their caregivers by teaching coping skills, strengthening communication, and addressing practical needs. HFC funds will support program staff.
Sanctuary for Families – Immigrant Children & Families Initiative ($60,000)
Sanctuary for Families is a not-for-profit organization serving domestic violence victims and their children in New York City. The Immigrant Children & Families Initiative is a culturally and linguistically appropriate treatment program for immigrant domestic violence victims and their children. Services include individual, group, and family counseling, parenting workshops conducted in over ten languages, and psychiatric and psychological interventions. The primary goals of the program are to cultivate healthy families and prevent child abuse and neglect in vulnerable immigrant families. HFC funds will support the counselors and clinical administrator, and cover a portion of the program’s expenses.
SCO Family of Services/Center for Family Life – Chinese Parents in America ($50,000)
The Center for Family Life is a community based organization that provides a broad array of services to families living in the Sunset Park community of Brooklyn. The Chinese Parents in America Project is a clinical, bilingual group program that serves newly immigrated Chinese parents. Participants learn about effective parenting techniques and resources, available social services and how to navigate those social service systems, and how to advocate for themselves and their families. The primary goals of the program are to prevent child abuse, reduce isolation, and increase parenting skills. HFC funds will support program staff and cover a portion of the program’s expenses.
University Settlement Society of New York – Family Enrichment Program ($40,000)
University Settlement is America’s first settlement house that has promoted social justice and served low-income and immigrant communities in New York City for 129 years. The Family Enrichment Program provides evidence-based home visitation services for at-risk families where home visitors provide age-appropriate books and toys, model pro-bonding and pro-learning methods, and offer social service referrals. The primary goal of the program is to increase protective factors that help prevent child abuse and neglect among low-income families. HFC funds will support the Family Enrichment program staff and cover a portion of the program’s expenses.