Advocates for Bartow’s Children – Hope in Your Home ($20,000)
Advocates for Bartow’s Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect. The Hope in Your Home program provides family assessment, parent education and coaching, and referral services in the homes of at-risk families with children ages birth through middle school and pregnant teens. The primary goal of the program is to educate parents and strengthen families so that child maltreatment does not occur. HFC funds will support the program director, coordinator, and parent educators.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – CSEC Identification Screening Tool ($15,000)
The Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children is a nationally accredited child advocacy center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The CSEC Identification Screening Tool project will allow validation of a screening tool that was created to differentiate patients with suspected involvement in commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and those with no known CSEC activity. The primary goal of the project is to improve identification of CSEC victims so they can receive the services that they need. HFC funds will support participant stipends and a research study consultant.
Georgia Center for Child Advocacy – Statewide Sexual Abuse Prevention Initiative Regional Expansion ($15,000)
The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy (GCCA) provides services to child victims of severe physical abuse or sexual abuse, and for children traumatized by witnessing violence. The GCCA collaborates with medical staff, police, prosecutors, and therapists to aid in criminal investigations while also providing trauma-focused therapy to the children and their non-offending family members. The Statewide Sexual Abuse Prevention Initiative provides sexual abuse prevention training to adults through the Stewards of Children program. The primary goal of the initiative is to train a large percentage of the adult population in order to keep children safe. HFC funds will support a Regional Coordinator in Georgia to coordinate and conduct training sessions.
Martha O'Bryan Center – Tied Together Parenting Initiative ($5,000)
The Martha O’Bryan Center is a family and community resource center based in one of Nashville’s oldest, largest, and poorest housing developments. The Tied Together Parenting Initiative is a parent education program designed to build on the strengths of vulnerable young families. The primary goal of the program is to prevent child abuse by educating parents to protect and nurture their children. HFC funds will be used to purchase essential educational, medical, safety, and nutritional items for at-risk families.
Prevent Child Abuse Pickens – Parents as Teachers ($15,000)
Prevent Child Abuse Pickens is a non-profit organization formed to address the growing problems of child abuse and neglect in the Pickens County. The Parents as Teachers program provides home visitation services and group activities in the county for at-risk families with young children. The primary goal of the program is partner with families to promote protective factors, build family strengths, and keep children protected. HFC funds will support one Parent Educator.
SafePath Children's Advocacy Center (CAC), Inc. – Intervention Support Services ($15,000)
SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center is a collaborative effort between therapists, medical staff, police, and prosecutors (the multi-disciplinary team) to serve child victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, domestic violence, and sexual exploitation along with their non-offending caregivers. The Intervention Support Services program provides direct services, such as medical evaluations, forensic interviews, counseling, and expert court testimony, for abused and violence exposed children ages birth to 17 years. The primary goal of the program is to reduce trauma and increase well-being in the children served. HFC funds will support the Family and Child Aide.
Young Women’s Christian Association of Northwest Georgia – Helping Children Cope with Family Violence ($10,000)
The YWCA of Northwest Georgia is an organization serving victims of violence and their families in the metro-Atlanta area. The Helping Children Cope with Family Violence program provides trauma-informed care, trauma-based cognitive behavioral therapy, and case management for children exposed to domestic violence. The primary goal of the program is to teach traumatized children how to function in a healthy and positive way. HFC funds will support the Counseling Supervisor.