Connecticut, New Jersey, New York
180 Turning Lives Around (180) – Domestic Violence Parenting Program - Expansion
180 is a not-for-profit agency addressing domestic violence and sexual assault in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The Domestic Violence Parenting Program provides parent training groups for mothers who have been victims of domestic violence and fathers who have been affected by domestic violence and/or who are at high risk of committing child abuse. Participants will learn effective non-violent behavior management, discipline techniques, and safety planning in gender specific groups. The primary goal of the program is to reduce the incidence of child abuse in at-risk families. HFC funds will support the program’s Group Facilitator.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson and Union Counties, New Jersey – Mentoring of DYFS-Involved Youth
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Essex, Hudson, and Union is one of the New Jersey affiliates of BBBS, which is a national mentoring organization that pairs children with caring adult mentors. The Mentoring of DYFS-Involved Youth program provides mentoring services for children with prior involvement in the child welfare system. Recruited, screened, and trained mentors will be paired with DYFS-involved youth and will meet on a regular basis, receiving supervision and support from agency staff. The primary goals of the program are to support abused children and reduce further risks of abuse. HFC funds will support program staff and cover a portion of the programmatic expenses.
Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP) – Professional Training and Child Safety Workshop
Child Abuse Prevention Program is a not-for-profit agency that educates young children in New York City about their right to be safe. The Child Safety Workshop uses life sized puppets to teach children to recognize, resist, and report abuse. The program also offers children the opportunity to speak privately with a trained CAPP staff member or guidance counselor to disclose abuse and receive services. Child abuse prevention and intervention trainings will also be provided for school guidance counselors, social workers, and psychologists. HFC funds will support the Professional Training sessions and Child Safety Workshops at schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
The Child Abuse Prevention Services – Keeping Kids and Families Safe from Abuse
Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) is a volunteer organization that provides child abuse and violence prevention programming for children and youth in New York’s Nassau and Suffolk counties. The Keeping Kids and Families Safe from Abuse program teaches children in the first, second, and third grades how to deal with unsafe situations; trains school staff on how to handle abuse disclosures from students; and teaches parents how to talk about handling abusive or unsafe situations with their children. The primary goal of the program is to empower and protect children. HFC funds will support program staff and cover a portion of the programmatic expenses.
The Child Center of New York – The Asian Outreach, School-Based Child Abuse Prevention Project
The Child Center of NY (CCNY) is a nonprofit organization providing culturally sensitive services to at-risk children and families in Queens. The School-Based Asian Outreach program provides mental health screenings to students and provides therapy for those students and families that are at risk of abuse or neglect. Through the program, CCNY also conducts parent education workshops and educates the school community about child abuse and available services for multi-lingual students. The primary goal of the program is to prevent abuse and neglect. HFC funds will support the school-based psychiatric social workers, who are fluent in diverse Asian languages.
Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut – Mental Health Services for Physically and Sexually Abused Children
The Child Guidance Center is an outpatient mental health center for children and adolescents in Connecticut. The Mental Health Services program serves sexually abused, physically abused, and neglected children through the interagency Child Sexual Abuse Response Team (SART), which integrates criminal justice and child protective services investigations with mental health services for child abuse victims and their non-offending caregivers. The primary goals of treatment are to protect children from further abuse and reduce the trauma they have experienced. HFC funds will support the clinical social workers, psychotherapists, and the Interagency Team Coordinator.
Children’s Museum of the Arts – ARTogether
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) is a museum that provides hands-on art experiences for children. ARTogether is a museum-based family support program for at-risk families involved in the New York City child welfare system. The program teaches caregivers how to understand and meet their children’s needs, correct negative behavior, and develop stronger bonds through hands-on art activities, interactive play, and individualized guidance by a clinically trained art therapist. The primary goal of the program is to strengthen families and help them achieve a safe, stable, and nurturing life. HFC funds will support the art therapist.
The Children’s Village – New Directions
Children’s Village is a residential child welfare agency dedicated to the treatment of severely emotionally troubled youth. New Directions is an intensive residential treatment program that works with juvenile sex offenders and youth with problematic sexualized behavior (PSB) from the New York City region. The primary goal of the program is to change the attitudes and impulses of youth with PSB in order to prevent further sexual abuse of children. HFC funds will support the Bilingual Permanency Specialist who coordinates services for youth leaving the residence and re-entering the community in order to stabilize their transition home.
Coalition Against Child Abuse & Neglect – Mental Health Program: Spanish and English Speaking
The Coalition Against Child Abuse & Neglect (CCAN) is a not-for-profit center for child abuse prevention and child victim advocacy in Nassau County, New York. The Mental Health Program provides child abuse victims with individual, family, and group counseling as well as case management and advocacy services. The primary goals of the program are to improve individual and family functioning, increase resiliency, and decrease re-victimization. HFC funds will support the Bilingual Spanish-speaking Mental Health Specialist and a part-time English speaking Mental Health Specialist, and will cover a portion of the programmatic expenses.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Morris and Sussex Counties, Inc. – CASA Family Search and Connect Program
CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties is a not-for-profit organization that advocates for the best interest of abused children in New Jersey who are removed from their homes. The Family Search and Connect Program will target foster care youth who are at risk of aging out of the foster care system without any caring, supportive adult connections. The primary goal of the program is to find and engage supportive family members or other reliable adults to help foster youth become self-sufficient and successful after leaving the foster care system. HFC funds will support the Project Manager and consultants knowledgeable in the family finding and engagement model.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New York – Fostering Success: Youth Transitioning from Care
CASA of New York is a child advocacy organization whose mission is to help move children quickly through New York City’s foster care system into safe, permanent homes. The Fostering Success program targets the growing number of older foster youth who rarely have opportunities for reunification, adoption, or other placement with caring adults. Program services include GED and college admissions assistance, job training, counseling, and services for pregnant teens. The goal of the Fostering Success program is to ensure that adolescents are prepared to meet the demands of young adulthood. HFC funds will support the Program Coordinator and Borough Director.
Covenant House New York/Under 21 – Safe Families Project
Covenant House is a childcare agency that provides emergency shelter and other services for homeless, runaway, and at- risk youth in New York City. The Safe Families Project is a child abuse prevention program for the residents of Covenant House’s Mother Child Emergency Shelter Program. The program provides young, homeless, single mothers with information regarding child abuse and maltreatment through group workshops, one-on-one counseling to address trauma, and parenting skills workshops. The primary goal of the program is to help mothers raise their children in a safe, healthy, and loving environment. HFC funds will support program staff.
ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking-USA) – Law Project
ECPAT-USA is the American affiliate of the international ECPAT network, which works to eliminate the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). The Law Project is a an advocacy campaign for the passage of the Safe Harbor legislation, which is a law preventing a minor from being labeled a criminal and charged with prostitution and requiring that the minor be referred to the child welfare system instead. The primary goal of the project is to enhance legislation to end CSEC. HFC funds will support the part-time Policy Analyst who will work on improving the weaknesses in the already passed Safe Harbor legislation in New York.
Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families – STEPS to End Family Violence Children’s Therapy Program
Edwin Gould Services, a multi-service child welfare organization, is the parent agency for STEPS to End Family Violence, which addresses domestic violence and provides an array of prevention programs for New York City residents. The STEPS Children’s Therapy Program provides individual and group therapy for children who are traumatized by witnessing domestic violence or have been physically, sexually, or emotionally abused themselves, and their caregivers. The primary goal of the program is to strengthen the child-caregiver bond and decrease trauma. HFC funds will support the Child Therapist.
The Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse of Southern Connecticut – Hispanic Crisis Parent Aide Program
Exchange Club is a child abuse prevention and treatment organization serving the greater Stamford area. The Hispanic Crisis Parent Aide Program provides intensive home based services to high risk Hispanic or predominantly Spanish speaking families who are referred for service because they are deemed at high risk of abuse. A trained Parent Aide models and teaches parents about child development, age appropriate discipline, stress relief, anger management and more nurturing ways of parenting in order to break the cycle of abuse. HFC funds will support two Parent Aides, other program staff, and cover a portion of the programmatic expenses.
Federation Employment and Guidance Service (FEGS) – Center for Women and Families – Children’s Services
FEGS is one of the largest health and human services organizations in the United States. The Children’s Services program provides services to New York City children exposed to and traumatized by family violence. Services include assessment, individual, family and group counseling, and access to concrete services such as food, clothing and benefits/entitlements. The goals of the program are to reduce social and psychological problems in traumatized children and to support the long-term emotional stability of families. HFC funds will support the Bilingual Child Specialist, other program staff, and cover a portion of the programmatic expenses.
Fund for the City of New York / Center for Court Innovation – Bronx Child and Adolescent Witness Support Program
The Center for Court Innovation is dedicated to problem-serving justice, which is the idea that communities and the justice system can work together to respond to social problems. The Bronx Child and Adolescent Witness Support Program provides mental health assessment and treatment closely following a child's exposure to violent crime. The clinical team provides early identification and assessment services as well as trauma-focused therapy. The primary goals of the program are to reduce post-traumatic stress reactions in children and strengthen families. HFC funds will support the Intake Coordinator and therapist.
Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) – Support Services Program
GEMS is a New York City not-for-profit organization committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children. The Support Services Program provides essential services to victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. Services include holistic case management, counseling, educational and employment support, and public speaking and community organizing education. The primary goals of the program are to help sexually exploited girls exit the commercial sex industry and enter into healthy, independent adulthood. HFC funds will support program staff and cover a portion of the programmatic expenses.
Good Shepherd Services – Fresh Start: Groundwork Family Counseling
Good Shepherd Services is a youth development, education, and family service agency serving New York City residents. The Fresh Start: Groundwork Family Counseling program provides intensive services to East New York families at risk of child abuse and neglect. Services include solution-based family counseling and a parent support program for at-risk parents who suffered abuse themselves called The Parenting Journey. The primary goals of the program are to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect and break the abuse cycle in families. HFC funds will support the social worker.
Hispanic Counseling Center – Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Program
Hispanic Counseling Center (HCC) is a multiservice center in Nassau County, New York that promotes family and community wellness with a fully bilingual/bicultural staff. The Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Program targets underserved Hispanic families. The program addresses the needs of child victims/witnesses of domestic violence through psychiatric evaluations and individual psychotherapy. The victim parent participates in educational groups and family therapy sessions. The primary goal of the program is to break the familial cycle of abuse and to effect lasting beneficial change. HFC funds will support program staff and a portion of the programmatic expenses.
The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services – Child-Parent Psychotherapy
JBFCS is behavioral health and counseling services provider offering over a hundred programs to all New Yorkers. The Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) program is an evidenced-based intervention that provides treatment to children who have been abused or exposed to violence and their caregivers so that they can begin to heal together. The program also provides training and consultations to other mental health clinicians in CPP. The primary goal of the Child-Parent Psychotherapy program is to ensure that young children under five years of age heal from the psychological wounds of trauma. HFC funds will support the Project Director and the Consultant Trainer.
Jewish Family Service of Metrowest / Rachel Coalition – Kids’ Corner
The Jewish Family Service of MetroWest is a New Jersey not-for-profit organization and the lead for the Rachel Coalition of nine not-for-profit community organizations serving victims of domestic violence. The Kids’ Corner program provides comprehensive, evidence-based individual therapy and group sessions for children exposed to domestic violence and their non-offending caregivers. Child-serving providers are also trained on how to identify, assess, and refer children exposed to domestic violence. The primary goal of the program is to keep children safe and help them develop into better functioning adults. HFC funds will support the Program Director and the Therapist/Trainer.
Mental Health Association in Passaic County – Consumer Parent Support Network
The Mental Health Association in Passaic County serves adults and families affected by mental illness through support services, education, and advocacy. The Consumer Parent Support Network teaches Passaic County parents who have serious mental illness how their mental illness affects their children and how they can improve their parenting skills to avoid child abuse and neglect. Some of the services provided include home visiting, individual and group parent/child education, and case management. The primary goal of the program is to promote healthy families and prevent child abuse and neglect. HFC funds will support program staff and a portion of the programmatic expenses.
My Sisters’ Place – Child Protective Services/Domestic Violence Collaboration
My Sister’s Place (MSP) is a not-for-profit organization working to end intimate partner violence in Westchester County, New York. The CPS/DV Collaboration serves families impacted by domestic violence and child abuse by helping them achieve safety. Services include initial screening, domestic violence education, safety planning, connections to relevant resources and referrals, counseling, and advocacy. The goals of the collaboration are to ensure the family’s safety and security and to help children remain safely with the non offending parent. HFC funds will support program staff and a portion of the programmatic expenses.
New Alternatives for Children – Treatment for Victims of Sexual, Physical and Emotional Abuse
New Alternatives for Children (NAC) is a New York City social service and healthcare organization which specializes in serving children who are medically fragile and/or have multiple disabilities. The Treatment program provides mental health services for children who have experienced sexual, physical, and/or emotional abuse and their non-offending family members. Services include psychiatric and psychological evaluations, individual verbal therapy, group therapy, and alternative therapies. The goal of the program is to help children and families who have experienced various kinds of abuse develop coping mechanisms to help them to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. HFC funds will support program staff.
New York Asian Women’s Center – Children’s Program
The New York Asian Women’s Center (NYAWC) helps women and their children overcome domestic violence by empowering them to govern their own lives. The Children’s Program serves abused and violence exposed children through talk, play, and art therapy. Mothers learn parenting skills and receive case advocacy, management, and referrals to meet practical needs. The program helps mothers provide a safe environment for their children so they do not enter the foster care system. The primary goal of the program is to help children and mothers cope with family violence and recover from the trauma. HFC funds will support the Children’s Counselor.
The New York Center for Children – Therapy Program
The New York Center for Children is a privately-funded, not-for-profit organization providing medical examinations, forensic evaluations, and therapy to abused children in New York City. The Therapy Program provides specialized trauma-focused individual therapy to children who are victims of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Therapy services are supplemented with tutoring, psychiatric services, and medical services as needed. The primary goals of the program are to help children recover from the trauma of abuse and prevent long-term negative consequences in their lives. HFC funds will support a social worker and cover a portion of the programmatic expenses.
The New York Foundling Hospital – Maria Lucadamo Crisis Nursery Aftercare Program
The New York Foundling is one of New York City’s oldest social service organizations. The Maria Lucadamo Crisis Nursery and Family Center of The New York Foundling is a safe place for parents who are under extreme pressure, or facing crises, to turn to for temporary respite to ensure their children are kept safe from harm. The Aftercare Program monitors respite families once they are discharged from the Crisis Nursery and connects families to necessary support services. The primary goal of the program is to keep the families intact and protect children from potential harm. HFC funds will support the Aftercare Social Worker and cover a portion of the programmatic expenses.
New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children – Trauma Recovery Program
The NYSPCC was established in 1875 in New York City as the first child protective agency in the world. The Trauma Recovery Program is a critical mental health resource for children who have experienced trauma due to physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and family violence. Services include individual therapy for children, family therapy with children and their caregivers, and group therapy to connect children with their peers who have similar experiences. The primary goals of the program are to help children process their traumatic experience and learn coping skills so they can lead healthy and productive lives. HFC funds will support the mental health clinicians.
North American Family Institute, New York Region (NAFI-NY) – Problematic Sexual Behavior (PSB) Therapist
NAFI-NY in Westchester County is a regional division of a human services organization serving youth who cannot remain in their homes or are involved in the juvenile justice system. The Problematic Sexual Behavior program serves foster youth who exhibit PSB and/or have been adjudicated as juvenile sex offenders. Services will include direct treatment for children with PSB focusing on isolation reduction, appropriate expressions of negative emotions, and boundary/expectation setting. Direct treatment will also be provided for siblings who have been victimized. The primary goal of the program is to prevent inappropriate sexual behavior and future offenses. HFC funds will support the PSB Therapist.
Safe Horizon – Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention at the Manhattan Child Advocacy Center
Safe Horizon is a New York not-for-profit organization that prevents violence and promotes justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families, and communities. Safe Horizon’s Manhattan Children’s Advocacy Center is a co-located multi-disciplinary team of police, prosecutors, medical staff, and social workers that investigates, treats, and prosecutes cases of child physical and sexual abuse. The Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CTFSI) is a four-session mental health treatment model that helps decrease the impact of traumatic events on children and their caregivers by teaching coping skills, strengthening communication, and addressing practical needs.HFC funds will support program staff.
Safe Space NYC, Inc. – Mommy and Me: Healthy as Can Be
Safe Space is a not-for-profit organization serving children and young adults in the high-needs neighborhoods of Southeast Queens. The Mommy and Me program is an educational group curriculum for vulnerable mothers of young children (ages 0-5). The weekly group sessions will provide at-risk mothers with parenting education, peer support, methods to handle stress without using violence, and referrals to mental health clinics. The primary goal of the program is to reduce the potential harm of child abuse by increasing parenting knowledge. HFC funds will support program staff and cover a portion of the programmatic expenses.
Sanctuary for Families – Immigrant Children & Families Initiative
Sanctuary for Families is a not-for-profit organization serving domestic violence victims and their children in New York City. The Immigrant Children & Families Initiative is a culturally and linguistically appropriate treatment program for immigrant domestic violence victims and their children. Services include individual, group, and family counseling, parenting workshops conducted in over ten languages, and psychiatric and psychological interventions. The primary goals of the program are to cultivate healthy families and prevent child abuse and neglect in vulnerable immigrant families. HFC funds will support program staff and cover a portion of the programmatic expenses.
SCAN-New York Volunteer Parent-Aides Association – The Strong Men, Strong Families Initiative
SCAN is a community service organization focused on strengthening and preserving families in New York City. The Strong Men, Strong Families Initiative provides targeted outreach to fathers referred to Preventive Services. The initiative teaches fathers positive childrearing practices such as child-centered love, limits and discipline, and strong communication. The program also provides opportunities for positive family interactions, such as camping trips and outings to state parks, in order to foster progress in strengthening the family. HFC funds will support program staff and cover a portion of the programmatic expenses.
SCO Family of Services – The Nurse-Family Partnership
SCO Family of Services is a New York City not-for-profit child and family services agency. The Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) is an evidence-based nurse home visitation program documented to support first-time, low income parents to prevent child abuse and neglect and build strong families. Since young parenting mothers have fewer resources and strong relationships, the NFP program strengthens program participation among families who are at risk of dropping the program by employing a Case Manager/Retention Specialist to locate and maintain family involvement. HFC funds will support the Case Manager and other program staff, and cover a portion of the programmatic expenses.
SCO Family of Services/Center for Family Life – Chinese Parents in America
The Center for Family Life is a community based organization that provides a broad array of services to families living in the Sunset Park community of Brooklyn. The Chinese Parents in America Project is a clinical, bilingual group program that serves newly immigrated Chinese parents. Participants learn about effective parenting techniques and resources, available social services and how to navigate those social service systems, and how to advocate for themselves and their families. The primary goals of the program are to prevent child abuse, reduce isolation, and increase parenting skills. HFC funds will support program staff and cover a portion of the programmatic expenses.
St. John’s University – PARTNERS (Preventing Adverse Reactions to Negative Events and Related Stress)
The PARTNERS program is a multi-disciplinary clinical-research program, based in the Department of Psychology at St. John’s University. The PARTNERS’ clinic in Queens, New York provides mental health services to traumatized children, adolescents, and families. Services include outreach, psychosocial assessments to identify strengths and symptoms, abuse-specific therapy to teach coping skills and process the abuse, evaluations to track improvements in therapy, and case management for abused Latino/Hispanic children and their families. HFC funds will support a full-time bilingual, Spanish-speaking trauma therapist.
Susan B. Anthony Project – The Safe Touch Puppet Show
Susan B. Anthony Project is a not-for-profit organization serving survivors of domestic and sexual abuse in Connecticut. The Safe Touch Puppet Show uses a curriculum that involves puppets that interact with young children and teach them to identify feelings and clarify the difference between good touch, bad touch, and the “uh-oh” touches. Children are taught to trust their instincts and tell an adult when they feel uncomfortable or unsafe. The primary goal of the program is to help children develop a clear sense of their body rights and teach them to speak out if they feel unsafe. HFC funds will support program staff and cover a portion of the programmatic expenses.
Wynona's House – Family Advocacy Program
Wynona’s House is a Child Advocacy Center that coordinates with the police, prosecutors, medical staff, and social workers under one roof to provide investigation, treatment, and prevention services for child victims of sexual and physical abuse in Essex County, New Jersey. The Family Advocacy Program helps the non-offending caregiver in cases of alleged child sexual abuse so that the caregiver can act responsibly to protect and support the child victim. The primary goal of the program is to stabilize and strengthen families following a child abuse allegation and investigation. HFC funds will support the Bilingual Family Advocates and cover a portion of the programmatic expenses.
New York Committee of Hearts
Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation – NYC Margaret's Place School Program - Violence Intervention & Counseling
The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation is a New York not-for-profit organization committed to helping children who have been victims or witnesses to violence, created by Major League Baseball figure Joe Torre. The Margaret’s Place School Program is a school-based violence prevention and intervention program that educates and helps students who have been exposed to violence. Services include a comfortable and confidential “safe room” where students can talk or relax, individual and group counseling for victims or witnesses of abuse, violence prevention curriculum, workshops and discussion groups, school wide campaigns, and more. HFC funds will support the school counselors.