Illinois, Northern Indiana, and Southern Wisconsin (100 miles from Chicago, IL); Twin Cities, MN
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council – School-Based Mental Health Program ($23,000)
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 clinical counseling, case management, and educational workshops to at-risk or abused 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.
Cabrini Green Legal Aid – Family Bridge ($40,000)
Cabrini Green Legal Aid supports people impacted by the criminal justice system. The Family Bridge program provides civil legal assistance and support services for children of mothers who are arrested and/or incarcerated and are unable to care for their children. The goal of the program is to protect at-risk children and keep families intact. Grant funds will staff attorneys and the production of a handbook for people who care for the children of incarcerated parents.
Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center – Intensive Case Manager ($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 Intensive Case Manager provides supportive services, such as coordination with internal and external service providers, to families impacted by child sexual abuse who are waiting to receive mental health services. The goal of the program is to encourage and enable families to engage in mental health therapy. Grant funds will support the Intensive Case Manager.
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 therapists and interviewers.
Children’s Research Triangle – Community Trauma Treatment Program ($35,000)
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 research/evaluation staff.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County – Child Advocacy Program ($36,000)
CASA of Cook County is an independent nonprofit organization that advocates in court for abused and neglected children. The Child Advocacy Program provides volunteer advocates for at-risk and neglected youth who are transitioning out of foster care, making sure that they have the education, housing, job, and life skills required for self-sufficiency. The goal of the program is to ensure successful emancipation for youth. Grant funds will support the recruitment and training of volunteer advocates working with transition-age youth.
The Family Defense Center – Mother's Defense Project ($17,000)
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.
Hephzibah Children’s Association – Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency Training ($26,000)
Started as an orphanage, Hephzibah Children’s Association is now a social services agency serving vulnerable children and families. The Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) Training will include a needs assessment, two-day intensive training, and follow up consultations for Hephzibah staff on how to use the ARC model with severely traumatized children. The goal of the program is to decrease the level of traumatic stress on children. Grant funds will support the training costs.
International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA) – Asian American Trafficking Outreach Project (AATOP) ($40,000)
The IOFA is a is a small, independent nonprofit organization working to eliminate human trafficking and exploitation. The Asian American Trafficking Outreach Project will provide outreach material and training for social service providers working with Asian American trafficked children and youth. The goal of the project is to increase the identification of potentially trafficked children and youth and to provide specialized trauma-informed services. Grant funds will support the Trafficking Specialist as well as outreach materials and events.
Juvenile Protective Association – Early Home Visiting Mental Health Partnership Pilot ($40,000)
Juvenile Protective Association (JPA) is a social welfare agency founded in 1901 that serves Chicago’s disadvantaged families. The Early Home Visiting Mental Health Partnership Pilot provides home visiting services, mental health screening, therapy, and counseling for high-risk families with young children ages 0 to 3. The goal of the program is to promote the safety and well-being of children by supporting families. Grant funds will support clinical therapists and the Infant Mental Health Consultant.
Lawrence Hall Youth Services – Handling Intense Emotions Pilot ($40,000)
Lawrence Hall Youth Services is one of the oldest child welfare agencies in Illinois. The Handling Intense Emotions Pilot will train staff on a recently developed curriculum designed to teach abused adolescent males in an acute residential treatment how to self-regulate their emotional responses to various situations. The pilot will also include a research component to learn how to adapt and replicate the curriculum. The goal of the program is to help youth improve their positive coping skills through a well-researched intervention. Grant funds will support staff training and research evaluation.
Lydia Home Association – Safe Families for Children ($40,000)
Lydia Home Association is a nonprofit organization that assists vulnerable families and children. The Safe Families for Children engages volunteers to help families in crisis by opening their homes, mentoring, and/or meeting basic needs. The goal of the program is to support and stabilize families so that children are protected and kept out of the foster care system. Grant funds will support two Case Coaches to support both the host families and the families in crises.
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 goal of the program 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.
Teen Parent Connection – Strong 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 ages 12 to 25. 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.
Thresholds – Child Abuse Prevention Initiative ($23,000)
The 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 ages 0 to 5. Program services include parent coaching, 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. Grant funds will support a Dialectical Behavior Therapist and Supervisor.
Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights c/o Tides Center – Child Advocate Program ($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 Program serves unaccompanied immigrant children ages 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.