San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo)
Alameda County Court Appointed Special Advocates – The Adolescent Program ($20,000)
Alameda County Court Appointed Special Advocates (formerly Friends of Alameda County CASA) is a nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of foster children and youth. The Adolescent Program recruits and trains court appointed special advocates for youth ages 19 to 21 who advocate and mentor the youth, helping them with such needs as housing, education, career planning, life skills, and connecting to community resources. The primary goal of the program is to help youth in the foster care system develop positive, self-sufficient behaviors that will ease their transition from dependency to emancipation. HFC funds will support program staff and cover a portion of the program’s costs.
Children’s Hospital & Research Center at Oakland – Fussy Baby Oakland Program ($40,000)
The Fussy Baby Program at the Children’s Hospital & Research Center in Oakland identifies babies whose parents report that excessive sleeping, eating, and crying is increasing their stress level, which could also increase the possibility of child abuse. The program works with parents to decrease parental stress and develop baby soothing strategies. The program also provides training for professionals in their care of fussy babies at high risk of abuse and neglect, with conducts robust pre and post testing to ensure learning. HFC funds will support program staff to provide the trainings.
East Bay Children’s Law Offices – AB 12 Project: Making Extended Foster Care Work ($30,000)
East Bay Children’s Law Offices is a legal nonprofit organization that serves all of Alameda County’s foster youth. The AB 12 Project provides legal and educational advocacy to transition age, non-minor dependent youth in the foster care system. All applicable clients will be educated about the AB 12 law, which extends foster care for older youth, and will receive individualized support to enter and retain eligibility for the AB 12 program. The program will also help the court system become more responsive to the needs of non-minor dependents. The primary goal of the project is to help older foster youth transition into successful independent living. HFC funds will support the full-time AB 12 staff attorney.
East Bay Community Recovery Project – Creating Extended Family Support for Recovery and Child Abuse Prevention ($35,000)
The East Bay Community Recovery Project is a nonprofit organization that provides substance abuse services to difficult-to-serve populations in Alameda County. The Creating Extended Family Support program has two components: Project Pride and Celebrating! Families. Project Prides provides substance abuse and mental health residential treatment for mothers and their young children who have open Child Protective Services cases. The Celebrating! Families component provides a weekly cognitive behavioral program for the mothers and their extended family members, and family counseling if needed. The primary goal of the program is to prevent the inter-generational transmittal of child abuse in families. HFC funds will support the Children’s Services Coordinator and cover a portion of the program’s costs.
Edgewood Center for Children and Families – Child and Family Triage: Family Engagement Program ($35,000)
The Edgewood Center is a nonprofit provider of behavioral health, family support, and educational services. The Family Engagement Program provides a Family Partner to reach out to parents and caregivers whose children have been brought to the Child Triage and Assessment Center in the midst of a psychiatric or family crisis, such as an allegation of child abuse. The Family Partner helps family members appropriately participate during the earliest stages of treatment. The primary goal of the program is to improve treatment outcomes for children and create healthier families. HFC funds will support the Family Partner and cover a portion of the program’s costs.
First Place for Youth – Healthy Transitions Project for Parents ($35,000)
First Place for Youth is a Bay Area-based nonprofit serving youth who “age out” of the foster care system. The Health Transitions Project provides weekly intensive case management support, parenting workshops, and ongoing education and employment support for pregnant and parenting youth ages 16 to 24 in the foster care system. The primary goal of the project is to help youth become strong and capable parents and to prevent the intergenerational transmission of child abuse. HFC funds will support program staff and cover the costs of implementing the parenting workshops.
Jewish Family and Children’s Services - Child Trauma Training Institute ($30,000)
Jewish Family and Children’s Services is a San Francisco multi-service not-for-profit agency serving the West Bay Area. The Child Trauma Training Institute provides an 18-month training program for mental health professionals on evidence-based and best practice models for working with abused children. The program also includes twice-monthly small group case consultations. The primary goal of the program is to increase the community’s capacity to treat abused children. HFC funds will help support program staff in order to maintain the subsidized cost of the training for participants.
La Casa de las Madres - Emergency Shelter Family-Based Services ($35,000)
La Casa de las Madres is a shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence. The Emergency Shelter Family-Based Services program provides case management, peer support, and different types of therapy for mothers and children surviving domestic violence and co-occurring child abuse. The primary goal of the program is to strengthen families in crisis by empowering mothers, providing resources, and relieving the impacts of past trauma. HFC funds will support a Family Advocate/Case Manager, the Shelter Manager, and cover a portion of the program’s costs.
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford - SCAN Team ($35,000)
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital’s SCAN Team helps hospital caregivers recognize, assess, and respond to physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect of children from the San Francisco Bay Area. On call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the SCAN Team responds to requests for medical consultation when child abuse is suspected and works with patient families to address their health and safety needs. The primary goals of the program are to enhance training and education for caregivers, increase program capacity for assessing and responding to suspected abuse cases, and improve staff aptitude. HFC funds will support the SCAN team social worker and will fund the Hospital’s annual child abuse and neglect conference.
Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSEY) – Juvenile Justice Case Management ($35,000)
MISSSEY is a community-based non-profit that serves domestically trafficked children in Alameda County. The Juvenile Justice Case Management program provides case management, life skills development services, and referrals for female youth who are victims or survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. The primary goal of the program is to provide domestically trafficked children and youth with services critical to long term healing and recovery. HFC funds will support program staff and cover a portion of the program’s costs.
National Center for Youth Law - Psychotropic Medication and Children in Foster Care ($35,000)
The National Center for Youth Law is a not-for-profit organization serving low-income children. The Psychotropic Medication project addresses the problems and risks associated with the high rate of psychotropic drug administration among children and youth in foster care. The project collaborates with public agencies and stakeholders to advocate adoption and implementation of policies for the safe and appropriate use and monitoring of drugs for foster children. The primary goal of the program is to make sure policies are in place so that foster children and youth are protected. HFC funds will support program directors and attorneys, and will cover a portion of the program’s costs.
San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center - Children's Advocacy Center of San Francisco ($35,000)
The San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center is the lead agency for the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in San Francisco. The San Francisco CAC is a comprehensive facility equipped to respond to incidents of suspected child abuse and exposure to violence. The CAC brings together public and private partners to assess, investigate, review, and follow each case of suspected child abuse, and to collaborate on ongoing treatment of victims and their families, all in one centralized location. HFC funds will support program staff working on strategic partnerships and providing client care.
San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center – ChildSafe Training Network ($20,000)
The San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center’s ChildSafe Training Network increases community awareness, understanding, and skills about child abuse by (1) educating adults on how to prevent child sexual abuse, (2) educating children on how to keep themselves safe, (3) ensuring that mandated reporters understand how to recognize and report abuse, and (3) helping parents communicate with their children to reduce the risk of sexual abuse. The primary goal of the network is to decrease the risk of child abuse on a community level. HFC funds will support the Child Educators and the Community Education Coordinator.
San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocates - Pre-Emancipation Program ($35,000)
The San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocates (SFCASA) is a community-based organization that provides volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children. The Pre-Emancipation Program serves foster youth ages 14 and up as well as a new group of non-minor dependents covered by California AB 12, which extends foster care services to youth up to 21 years of age. Services include individual assessment, advocacy, and mentorship for foster youth. The primary goal of the program is to help older foster youth transition into successful independent living. HFC funds will support program staff and cover a portion of the volunteer training and recruitment costs.
StarVista - Family Centered Support Using a Differential Response Approach ($35,000)
StarVista is a not-for-profit organization serving children, youth, adults, and families in San Mateo County. The Family Centered Support program serves ethnically diverse, low-income, at-risk families with children ages 0 to 5. Services include home visiting and case management to help families build upon their strengths and keep children safe. Families also receive help identifying resources in the community to address the many stressors they face, such as extreme poverty and immigration issues. The primary goal of the program is to strengthen families. HFC funds will support program staff and cover a portion of the program’s costs.
WestCoast Children’s Clinic - Ending Child Exploitation through Early Identification ($35,000)
WestCoast Children’s Clinic is a private, nonprofit community psychology clinic. The Ending Child Exploitation project will implement the use of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation-Identification Tool (CSE-IT), which is a screening tool to identify youth at risk of commercial sexual exploitation. Project activities will include providing training and technical assistance on using the CSE-IT. The primary goal of the program is to improve identification of exploited youth to reduce prolonged abuse and develop prevalence estimates. HFC funds will support program staff focused on research and training.
Los Angeles Area
The Alliance for Children’s Rights – Adoption and Guardianship: Safety Nets & Forever Families ($10,000)
The Alliance for Children's Rights is a free legal services organization dedicated to protecting the rights of abused and impoverished children. The Adoption and Guardianship program provides adoptions for foster children and legal guardianships for children whose parents can no longer provide for them but who have family members or friends that are willing to care for them and keep them out of the foster care system. The goal of the program is to provide children with the support and protection that comes from being in stable, permanent families. HFC funds will support the legal team in charge of adoption and guardianship cases.
CASA of Los Angeles – Advocacy for Abused and Neglected Children in the Dependency Court System ($10,000)
CASA of Los Angeles recruits, trains, and deploys committed court appointed special advocates who are assigned to foster children in L.A. County. The Advocacy for Abused and Neglected Children program provides CASA services to infants and toddlers entering the child welfare system and Early Childhood Training for volunteers specializing in children 0 to 5. The goal of the program is to increase the number of very young children served to achieve permanency more quickly and successfully. HFC funds will support two Early Childhood Senior Program Coordinators.
Children’s Bureau of Southern California – NuParent ($10,000)
Children’s Bureau is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect in Southern California. The NuParent program provides parent education and parent-infant bonding for vulnerable families with children ages 0 to 5. Parents learn about child development and child rearing, and they learn how to bond with their young children through joint activities. The goal of the program is to teach parents to provide a healthy, nurturing environment in their children’s critical early years. HFC funds will support the NuParent Program Director.
Northridge Hospital Foundation – Center for Assault Treatment Services ($10,000)
Northridge Hospital is a nonprofit medical facility serving residents of San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. The Center for Assault Treatment Services (CATS) program provides medical evidentiary exams, forensic interviews, counseling, and case management to children who have been abused and their families. The goal of the program is to increase the number of disclosures made and to make sure that children have access to the services they need. HFC funds will support a part-time bilingual forensic interviewer specializing in child interviews in Spanish in order to increase the number of interviews with bilingual and monolingual Spanish speakers.
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