Connecticut, New Jersey, New York
Center for Family Representation, Inc. – Interdisciplinary Advocacy Teams ($50,000)
Center for Family Representation is a New York not-for-profit organization that provides free legal and social work services to low-income families. The Interdisciplinary Advocacy Teams program brings together teams consisting of a lawyer, social worker, and parent advocate that work to prevent foster care placement, and when it cannot be avoided, shorten the children’s length of stay in care to minimize the consequences of prolonged separation on children and families. The primary goal of the program is to keep families together. HFC funds will support the interdisciplinary advocacy teams, particularly the social work staff and parent advocates.
Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP) – Professional Training and Child Safety Workshop ($35,000)
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 (CAPS) – Keeping Kids and Families Safe from Abuse ($30,000)
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 ($25,000)
The Child Center of NY (CCNY) is a nonprofit organization providing culturally sensitive services to at-risk children and families in Queens. The Asian Outreach, School-Based Child Abuse Prevention Project 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 ($60,000)
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 program director.
Children’s Hospital Foundation at Westchester Medical Center, Inc. – Acute Forensic Examiner Program ($50,000)
The Children’s Hospital Foundation at Westchester Medical Center is a not-for-profit organization that offers advanced pediatric care to the most critically ill and injured children residing in New York’s Hudson Valley, in lower Connecticut, and in northern New Jersey. The Acute Forensic Examiner Program organizes teams of skilled health-care professionals to provide emergency department medical care for children and adolescents under 18 years of age who experience acute sexual abuse or assault. The primary goals of the program are to address these children’s needs effectively and in a timely manner. HFC funds will support the program manager and on-call medical providers.
Children’s Museum of the Arts – ARTogether ($24,000)
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.
Coalition Against Child Abuse & Neglect – Children’s Mental Health Services (Bilingual) ($70,000)
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. – Family Search and Connect Program ($13,000)
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 targets 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 Case Supervisor and Executive Director.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New York – Fostering Success: Youth Transitioning from Care ($60,000)
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.
Covenant House New York/Under 21 – Safe Families Project ($50,000)
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.
Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families – STEPS to End Family Violence Children’s Therapy Program ($50,000)
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. Services are also provided to the non-offending caregiver. The primary goal of the program is to strengthen the child-caregiver bond and decrease trauma. HFC funds will support the Child Therapist.
End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT USA) – New York State Law and Policy Project ($20,000)
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 advocate for the passage of revised 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.
The Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse of Southern Connecticut – Hispanic Crisis Parent Aide Program ($50,000)
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.
Fund for the City of New York / Center for Court Innovation – Bronx Child and Adolescent Witness Support Program ($40,000)
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 soon after 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 Bilingual Therapist.
Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) – Support Services Program ($70,000)
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 Family Counseling ($50,000)
Good Shepherd Services is a youth development, education, and family service agency serving New York City residents. The Fresh Start Family Counseling program provides intensive services to East New York, Brooklyn families at risk of child abuse and neglect. Services include solution-based family counseling and Parenting Journey support groups for at-risk parents who suffered abuse themselves. 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 Family Resource Counselor and the Senior Program Director.
Hispanic Counseling Center – Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Program ($30,000)
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 (JBFCS) – Child-Parent Psychotherapy ($50,000)
JBFCS is a 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.
Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation – Margaret's Place Counseling ($40,000)
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 Counseling 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.
The Korean American Family Service Center – Project AIM ($50,000)
The Korean American Family Service Center is the first domestic violence organization serving the Korean American community in New York. Project AIM (Alleviate, Instill & Motivate) provides individual counseling, group counseling, and art/play therapy for children and youth who are abused or exposed to violence. The project also provides a parenting education program for at-risk parents in the Korean community. The primary goals of the project are to help children heal and teach parents to become more effective parents. HFC funds will support program staff and a portion of the programmatic expenses.
Mental Health Association in Passaic County – Consumer Parent Support Network ($50,000)
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 about 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 goals of the program are 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 Collaboration ($50,000)
My Sister’s Place (MSP) is a not-for-profit organization working to end intimate partner violence in Westchester County, New York. The Child Protective Services 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 of Abuse/Neglect for Children/Families with Special Medical Needs ($70,000)
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 ($40,000)
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 children heal and 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 and cover a portion of the programmatic expenses.
The New York Center for Children – Therapy Program ($70,000)
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 & Family Center Aftercare Program ($50,000)
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 families intact and protect children from potential harm. HFC funds will support the Aftercare Social Worker and cover a portion of the programmatic expenses.
The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children – Trauma Recovery Program ($60,000)
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 ($40,000)
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 (PSB) program serves foster youth who exhibit PSB and/or have been adjudicated as juvenile sex offenders. Services 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.
OHEL Children’s Home & Family Services – Project Keep A-PACE ($62,000)
OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services is a social service agency that strengthens individuals and families while also providing culturally-sensitive services to the Jewish community. Project Keep A-PACE is a culturally-specific program that addresses child sexual abuse prevention and response in the Ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic Orthodox Jewish communities of Brooklyn, New York and Lakewood, New Jersey. The goals of the program are to reduce the number of children who are sexually abused in Jewish Ultra-Orthodox/Hasidic communities in Brooklyn and Lakewood and to help children who have already been sexually abused heal from the trauma. HFC funds will support program personnel and a portion of programmatic expenses.
Prevention Education, Inc. – PEI Kids Child Assault Prevention Program ($40,000)
Prevention Education is a not-for-profit organization providing child abuse prevention programs in Mercer County, New Jersey. The Child Assault Prevention Program provides primary prevention education workshops in public schools, educating pre-K to eighth-grade students, parents, and teachers about child assault and sexual abuse prevention. The program’s goal is to ensure that more school children, teachers, and parents increase their knowledge base regarding the sensitive topics of child assault and sexual abuse, personal safety, physical and sexual aggression, and self-protection strategies. HFC funds will support staffing, training, materials and other programmatic expenses.
Safe Horizon – Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention at the Manhattan Child Advocacy Center ($70,000)
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.
Sanctuary for Families – Immigrant Children & Families Initiative ($60,000)
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 the counselors and clinical administrator, and cover a portion of the programmatic expenses.
SCAN-New York Volunteer Parent-Aides Association – The Strong Men, Strong Families Initiative ($50,000)
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/Center for Family Life – Chinese Parents in America ($50,000)
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.
The Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education Center – Strengthening Communities through Sexual Abuse Prevention Education for Children and Families ($36,000)
The Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education Center is a sexual assault services provider in Lower Fairfield County. The Strengthening Communities through Sexual Abuse Prevention Education for Children and Families program provides education programs for children and their families throughout Lower Fairfield County, CT. The program’s goals are to raise awareness about the issues of personal safety, sexual harassment and sexual assault; discuss signs of perpetrator behavior and symptoms of trauma; and to provide children and families with the tools necessary to know what to do if they or someone they know have been affected by sexual abuse. HFC funds will support a second educator.
Susan B. Anthony Project – The Safe Touch Puppet Show ($30,000)
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.
Sussex County Children’s Advocacy Center DBA Ginnie’s House Children’s Advocacy Center – Family Therapy Project ($30,000)
Ginnie’s House Children’s Advocacy Center provides specialized, comprehensive, and coordinated services, such as forensic interviews and therapy, to abused children in Sussex County, New Jersey. The Family Therapy Project provides on-site evidence-based, age appropriate, culturally competent child therapy for children ineligible for other funded services. The program also aims to fund on-site family advocacy, including psycho-education regarding the dynamics of child abuse, assistance with parenting, and information/advocacy through the criminal justice and/or civil litigation process. The primary goal of the program is to reduce barriers to effective treatment for child victims. HFC funds will support the Child Therapist and Family Advocate.
Westchester Jewish Community Services – Family Therapy Project ($25,000)
Westchester Jewish Community Services is a non-sectarian, state-licensed, not-for-profit agency providing mental health and human services in Westchester County. The Family Therapy Project provides structural family therapy for abused children in Peekskill, NY. Structural family therapy includes parents, the child victim of sexual abuse, and siblings, where appropriate. The therapy model changes the structure of a family to promote healthier patterns of interaction. The primary goal of the program is to help both the child and his or her family to heal from the trauma and restore family functioning. HFC funds will support a social worker.