Greater Boston Area
Boston CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) – Older Youth Mentoring Initiative ($15,000)
The Boston CASA promotes and advocates for the best interests of children involved in abuse and neglect cases in Suffolk and Middlesex Counties in Massachusetts. The Older Youth Mentoring Initiative targets youth who will age out of the foster care system as young adults without reunification or adoption into stable families. The primary goal of the program is to better prepare foster youth for greater independence. HFC funds will support an additional Program Supervisor who will recruit, train and supervise mentors.
Children's Advocacy Center of Suffolk County - Family Advocacy Program ($25,000)
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County (CAC) unites medical staff, the police, prosecutors, forensic interviewers, and social workers in one location to assess and investigate child abuse cases. The Family Advocacy Program serves child victims of sexual and serious physical abuse and their non‐offending caregivers. Family Advocates provide emotional support and concrete assistance, such as crisis intervention and referrals, to non-offending caregivers who are pivotal to positive child adjustment following abuse. The primary goal of the program is to ensure child safety. HFC funds will support a full-time Family Advocate.
Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts – Community-Based Nurturing Parenting Program ($25,000)
The Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts is a non-profit that provides support and education programs to families in the Boston area. The Community-Based Nurturing Parenting Program provides fifteen-session community workshops for all families in need of parenting assistance and trains community members to perpetuate these programs. The goal is to build parents’ nurturing skills and understanding of healthy child development so they can create positive environments for their children. HFC funds will support program staff and cover a portion of the program’s non-personnel expenses.
Friends of the Children’s Trust – Keeping Kids Safe ($25,000)
The Children’s Trust leads statewide efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect by supporting parents and strengthening families. The Keeping Kids Safe program provides parents with the tools to prevent child abuse and violence against children through multi-lingual parent training sessions. The primary goal of this program is to help parents keep their children safe. HFC funds will support bilingual and bicultural parent trainers, translation services for the parent training curriculum, and a portion of the program’s non-personnel expenses.
Housing Families – GREAT Youth and Families Program ($20,000)
The mission of Housing Families is to end family homelessness. The GREAT Youth and Families Program works with at-risk homeless children to help them understand their feelings, verbalize them, and learn coping skills that will lead them to success. The goals of the program are to help children gain skills to overcome past trauma, experience long-term success, and avoid future homelessness. HFC funds will support the Program Director who oversees the therapeutic services for children.
Merrimack Valley Young Men’s Christian Association – Stewards of Children Initiative ($15,000)
The Merrimack Valley YMCA’s Steward of Children Initiative trains local public school teachers, administrators, and youth serving organization staff in child sexual abuse prevention using the evidenced-based 2.5 hour Stewards of Children curriculum. The training consists of a combination of video presentations and on-line training to support different learning styles. The primary goal of the initiative is to train more adults to become stewards of children so that children are better protected throughout the community. HFC funds will support program staff and cover the costs of training kits.
My Life My Choice at the Justice Resource Institute – Survivor Mentoring Initiative ($20,000)
My Life My Choice at the Justice Resource Institute is a nonprofit that supports adolescent girls who have been commercially sexually exploited. The Survivor Mentoring Initiative pairs girls ages 12 to 18 who have been exploited or are at high-risk for exploitation with a Survivor Mentor. Survivor Mentors are adult female experts in exploitation-related trauma and survivors of the commercial sex industry themselves who provide vulnerable girls with love, acceptance, belonging and support. The primary goal of the program is to help abused and at-risk girls find a path to safety and stability. HFC funds will support Survivor Mentors.