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Brighton Park Neighborhood Council – School-Based Mental Health Program ($40,000)
BPNC is a community-based, nonprofit organization serving a low-income working class neighborhood on Chicago’s southwest side. The School-Based Mental Health Program provides individual, family, and group clinical counseling, case management, and educational workshops to at-risk students who are suffering from trauma. Teachers and school staff are also provided with professional development workshops. The goal of the program is to help students overcome abuse and other psychological obstacles to their education. Grant funds will support a full time, school-based clinical therapist.  

Casa Central Social Services CorporationSafe Start Program ($16,000)
Casa Central is the largest Hispanic social services agency in the Midwest. The Safe Start Program provides therapeutic and supportive services, such as clinical therapy, case management, and referrals, to low-income, Spanish speaking families with children under 5 who have been exposed to violence. The program uses Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), a relationship-based treatment model that is highly effective in reducing the negative impact of trauma in very young children. The goal of the program is to decrease trauma symptoms and strengthen families. Grant funds will support a bilingual and bicultural Safe Start Therapist. 

Chicago Children's Advocacy Center – Transportation for Mental Health Services ($40,000)
The Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center coordinates the efforts of law enforcement officials, child protection staff, and medical experts to respond to child abuse allegations. The Transportation for Mental Health Services project provides transportation services to sexually abused children and their families. The primary goal of the project is to keep clients engaged in services by reducing transportation as a barrier to attendance. Grant funds will be used to purchase a new 15-passenger van.

Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County Family Support Services ($40,000)
The Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County provides investigative, advocacy, medical, and therapeutic services for child victims of abuse. The Family Support Services program provides specialized assessment, counseling services, and support groups for children and youth with histories of abuse and complex trauma. The program also provides parent counseling for non-offending caregivers. The goal of the program is to help children heal and keep them safe from further abuse. Grant funds will support Master’s level counselors. 

Children’s Research Triangle Community Trauma Treatment Program ($30,000)
Children’s Research Triangle is a non-profit organization that provides research-driven mental health services for children with special needs. The Community Trauma Treatment Program provides trauma-focused mental health services, such as individual and family psychotherapy, to abused children, adolescents, and their families in local schools and social service agencies. The goal of the program is to decrease trauma-related symptoms and keep children safe from further abuse. Grant funds will support clinicians and administrative staff. 

Community Counseling Centers of ChicagoParenting Fundamentals ($40,000)
Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4) is a behavioral health and social service provider. Parenting Fundaments is a multi-component program that includes group-based parenting education and training sessions, home visits, referrals, and ongoing support groups for low-income, at-risk parents. The goal of the program is to prevent home violence and neglect in order to strengthen families. Grant funds will support Parent Educators and the translation of the 0-3 age group curriculum in Spanish. 

The Family Defense CenterMother's Defense Project ($30,000) 
The Family Defense Center is a public interest law office that advocates for justice for families in the child welfare system. The Mother's Defense Project provides legal services to mothers and children who are wrongfully separated by child protection authorities. Additional project activities include the drafting of policy proposals and the development of affirmative suits to benefit mothers and children. The goal of the program is to diminish gender bias in the child welfare system so that mothers and children do not have to endure the trauma of wrongful separation. Grant funds will support staff attorneys.  

Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery4th Day Home Visiting Program ($20,000)
The Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery is a residential crisis nursery where over-stressed parents in crisis can bring their children when they need a respite from child care. The 4th Day Home Visiting program serves Hennepin County families with at least one child aged 0 to 6 that are at high risk of child abuse and neglect. Home Visitors meet with families in their homes and conduct a family assessment, create an action plan, and teach new tools for communication, coping, and problem solving. The goal of the program is to prevent abuse and stabilize families. Grant funds will support home visitors. 

Juvenile Protective AssociationHelping Hands ($40,000)
Juvenile Protective Association (JPA) is a social welfare agency founded in 1901 that serves Chicago’s disadvantaged families. The Helping Hands program serves high-risk families with children aged 0 to 3 in Chicago’s North Lawndale community. Program activities include home visits, mental health screening, individual and dyadic psychotherapy, and educational workshops on child development and positive parenting. The goal of the program is to promote the safety and well-being of children. Grant funds will support clinical therapists. 

La Rabida Children’s HospitalTreatment for Young Children Exposed to Trauma and Abuse ($40,000) 
The Treatment for Young Children Exposed to Trauma and Abuse program at La Rabida Children's Hospital provides therapy to underserved and traumatized young children (ages 0 – 6) and their caregivers from Chicago’s south side. Treatment services are provided through the evidence-based Child-Parent Psychotherapy treatment model, which strengthens the relationship between the child and the caregiver, reducing trauma symptoms and decreasing parental distress. Grant funds will support the clinicians that provide CPP services.  

North American Alliance of Child Helplines – Child and Youth Text-Based Crisis Counseling ($20,000)
The North American Alliance for Child Helplines (NAACH) is a non-competitive partnership between the seven largest helplines in North America. The Child and Youth Text-Based Crisis Counseling program provides child and youth-focused crisis support services via phone, email, chat, and text through the 121help platform. Grant funds will support social media outreach activities and promotional partnerships to raise awareness about the 121help program in order to increase call and text volume and provide support for more children and youth in need. and 

Primo Center for Women and Children – Home Visiting for Primo Families ($40,000)
The Primo Center is community-based nonprofit organization serving homeless women and children. The Home Visiting program provides a home visitation model of parenting skills training for high-risk families with children aged 0 to 5 living at Primo’s shelter and permanent supportive housing. The program’s goal is to reduce parental stress in order to prevent child abuse and to support healthy child development. Grant funds will support clinical services and the early childhood development team.

Rush University Medical Center – Smartphone Intervention Technology ($40,000)
Rush University Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry focuses on the treatment of trauma-related psychopathology. The Smartphone Intervention Technology research project will provide smartphone devices to at-risk homeless youth to provide empirically-supported sleep interventions. The project’s goal is to develop a way to offer access to mental health care for at-risk and abused homeless youth. Grant funds will be used to purchase smartphones with data plans and to support computer programming and technical support.

Teen Parent ConnectionStrong Dads – Strong Families ($30,000)
Teen Parent Connection is an organization focused on adolescent pregnancy and parenthood. The Strong Dads – Strong Families program serves adolescent fathers aged 12 to 25 in DuPage County. Program activities include father focus groups, weekly support and parenting education groups, individual counseling, home visits, and referrals to community resources such as job training programs and legal counsel. The goal of the program is to help young families develop a home environment free of abuse and neglect. Grant funds will support program staff.  

ThresholdsChild Abuse Prevention Initiative ($40,000)
Thresholds is a recovery services provider for people with severe mental illness. The Child Abuse Prevention Initiative serves at-risk young mothers suffering from severe mental illness and their children aged 0 to 5 throughout Chicago. Program services include parent coaching, individual and group therapy, case management, and therapeutic day care. The primary treatment model is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which helps young adult females increase stress tolerance and coping skills. The goal of the program is to break the generational cycle of abuse and neglect among mothers with severe mental illness. Grant funds will support a Dialectical Behavior Therapist and Supervisor.   

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights c/o Tides CenterTraining and Support Post-Release and Post-Release Helpline for Immigrant Children ($40,000)
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights promotes the best interests of at-risk unaccompanied immigrant children and trafficking victims. The Child Advocate Training and Best Interests Intervention Program serves unaccompanied immigrant children aged 18 months to 17 years by connecting them with Child Advocates. Child Advocates help children and youth navigate the legal system and ensure that their best interests are taken into consideration. The goal of the program is to protect vulnerable immigrant children. Grant funds will support the program staff. and 


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