San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo)
APA Family Support Services - Child Abuse Prevention Program ($30,000)
APA Family Support Services is a not-for-profit organization that serves Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in San Francisco. The Child Abuse Prevention Program targets low-income monolingual Asian and Pacific Islander (API) families whose children are at high-risk for abuse or are neglected and who have been referred to Child Protective Services. Services include bilingual/bicultural referrals, in-home parenting education, information and support on children’s health and safety, and evidence-based parenting classes. The primary goal of the program is to strengthen and stabilize families so that children are protected and nurtured. HFC funds will support four Family Advocates and cover a portion of the program’s costs.
Children’s Hospital & Research Center at Oakland - Fussy Baby Oakland Program ($40,000)
The Fussy Baby Program at the Children’s Hospital & Research Center in Oakland identifies babies whose parents report that excessive sleeping, eating, and crying is increasing their stress level. Studies have shown that inconsolable infant crying can increase child abuse at six weeks of age. The program works with parents of fussy babies to decrease parental stress and develop soothing strategies. The program also provides 24-hour warm-line telephone support for parents, home visits for infants that are uninsured or underinsured, evaluation on the effectiveness of the program, and training for physicians, pediatric providers, and community professionals serving children. HFC funds will support program staff and cover a portion of the program’s costs.
Compass Family Services - Compass Family Resource Center ($20,000)
Compass Family Services is a not-for-profit social service agency addressing homelessness in San Francisco. The Compass Family Resource Center (CFRC) serves families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by providing parenting classes, support groups, drop-in assistance, therapy, case management, and childcare. The primary goal of CFRC is to improve overall family functioning in order to support healthy child development. HFC funds will support the Bilingual Childcare Worker and cover a portion of the childcare activities.
Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department - Family Visitation Program: Community Based Family Visitation Centers ($35,000)
Contra Costa County Children and Family Services (CFS), a Bureau of the Employment and Human Services Department (EHSD), provides mandated child welfare services in Contra Costa County. The Family Visitation Program provides county-wide community based visitation centers for families involved with the child welfare system that have children placed in foster care. The Visitation Centers utilize staff and volunteers to provide: (1) supervised visits that are easily accessible for children, their families and their care providers, (2) support groups, (3) interactive parenting education, and (4) community resource referral. The primary goal of the Visitation Centers is to improve timely reunification outcomes. HFC funds will support program staff and cover a portion of the program’s costs.
East Bay Agency for Children - Ariana Project ($20,000)
East Bay Agency for Children (EBAC) is a youth and family not-for-profit agency in Alameda County. The Ariana Project serves the Afghan refugee community in Fremont, California and surrounding areas where there are high incidences of domestic violence and child abuse. The project also trains a select group of Afghan women and men to conduct the Child Assault Prevention and Nurturing Parent Program as Prevention Specialist Interns. The primary goal of the project is to increase the Afghan community’s ability to self-educate regarding child abuse prevention. HFC funds will support the Program Director, the Prevention Educators, and cover a portion of the project’s costs.
First Place for Youth - Policy Initiative Project ($25,000)
First Place for Youth is a Bay Area-based nonprofit serving youth who “age out” of the foster care system. The Policy Initiative Project advocates for transition-age youth and influences policy to ensure the effective use of public funds. Specifically, the project will continue advocacy efforts on the state and local levels to ensure the successful implementation of California’s Fostering Connections to Success Act, which extends foster care services to youth up until the age of 21. The project will also outline a program expansion plan and modify internal systems to serve older foster care youth. HFC funds will support the Chief Policy Officer.
Friends of Alameda County CASA – The CASA of Alameda County Adolescent Program ($20,000)
Friends of Alameda County CASA is a nonprofit organization that provides resources for the Alameda County Court Appointed Special Advocates program. The CASA of Alameda County Adolescent Program provides court appointed special advocates for youth ages 19 to 21. The program’s goal is to develop positive, self-sufficient behaviors in these adolescents that will ease their transition from dependency to emancipation. HFC funds will support staff and other programmatic expenses.
InnVision Shelter Network – Family and Children’s Support Project ($20,000)
InnVision Shelter Network is a not-for-profit organization serving homeless families and individuals in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. The Family and Children’s Support Project serves at-risk homeless families residing in Shelter Network’s homeless shelters by providing therapy and training. The project also trains interns who will become future professional psychotherapists. The primary goal of the project is to provide mental health services to address the emotional distress that an episode of homelessness has on young children and to improve family functioning of at-risk families. HFC funds will support the interns, their supervisors, and other program staff, and will cover a portion of the project’s costs.
Jewish Family and Children’s Services - Child Trauma Training Institute ($40,000)
Jewish Family and Children’s Services is a San Francisco multi-service not-for-profit agency serving the West Bay Area. The Child Trauma Training Institute disseminates evidence-based and best practice models for working with abused children and children suffering from trauma primarily through a nine-month curriculum designed for mental health professionals. The curriculum consists of once-monthly training and twice-monthly small group case consultation on trauma theory and Child Parent Psychotherapy. Supplemental presentations are open to clinicians not enrolled in the full program. HFC funds will help support program directors, trainers, and administrative staff in order to maintain the subsidized cost of the training for participants.
La Casa de Las Madres - Domestic Violence Drop In Counseling Center ($40,000)
La Casa de Las Madres is a not-for-profit organization that provides services to victims of domestic violence in San Francisco and its surrounding areas. The Domestic Violence Drop In Counseling Center is a resource for victims and survivors of domestic violence offering free, confidential, and multilingual intervention and prevention services such as safety planning, counseling, support groups, and case management. The primary goals of the center are to prevent further trauma and abuse, interrupt the intergenerational cycle of violence, and enable healing. HFC funds will support the program advocates and other staff and will cover a portion of the program’s costs.
La Clínica de La Raza, Inc. - Child Abuse Treatment and Prevention Project ($30,000)
La Clínica de La Raza is a not-for-profit organization serving the Spanish-speaking and Latino community in the San Francisco East Bay Area. The Child Abuse Treatment and Prevention Project serves mono-lingual Spanish and/or limited English-speaking families and children in Alameda County who have experienced domestic violence, child abuse, or are at risk of abuse/neglect. Services include treatment groups for children, parent support groups focusing on safety, and individual motivational assessments of parents. The primary goal of the project is to break generational patterns of abuse and violence. HFC funds will support the therapists and other program staff, and will cover a portion of the project’s costs.
Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford - SCAN Team ($40,000)
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital’s SCAN Team helps hospital caregivers recognize, assess, and respond to physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect of children from the San Francisco Bay Area. On call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the SCAN Team responds to requests for medical consultation when child abuse is suspected and works with patient families to address their health and safety needs. The primary goals of the program are to enhance training and education for caregivers, increase program capacity for assessing and responding to suspected abuse cases, and improve staff aptitude. HFC funds will support the SCAN team leader and cover a portion of the program’s costs. Funds allocated for an annual regional conference are also included in this grant.
Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSEY) – Intensive Case Management Services ($40,000)
MISSEY is a community-based non-profit that serves domestically trafficked children in Alameda County. The Intensive Case Management Services project provides intensive case management and intervention services for commercially sexually exploited children and youth. The project’s goal is to help domestically trafficked children develop relationships and receive services critical to long term healing and recovery. HFC funds will support two full-time case managers, a clinical psychologist, and a portion of programmatic expenses.
National Center for Youth Law - Psychotropic Medication and Children in Foster Care ($40,000)
The National Center for Youth Law is a not-for-profit organization serving low income children. The Psychotropic Medication project will address the problems and risks associated with the high rate of psychotropic drug administration among children in foster care. The project will assist organizations in the drafting of comprehensive guidelines for the safe and appropriate use and monitoring of drugs for foster children so that they are protected. HFC funds will support program directors and attorneys, and will cover a portion of the program’s costs.
San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center - Children's Advocacy Center ($40,000)
The San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center is the lead agency of a city-wide, collaborative effort to create a Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in San Francisco. The San Francisco CAC will be a comprehensive facility equipped to respond to incidents of suspected child maltreatment and exposure to violence. The CAC brings together public and private partners to assess, investigate, review, and follow each case of suspected child abuse, and to collaborate on ongoing treatment of victims, their families, and perpetrators, all in one centralized location. HFC funds will cover a portion of the staff’s salaries including a client services advocate who will follow up with clients after they have been seen at the CAC.
San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center – Enhanced Community Education & Awareness Project ($5,000)
The San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center’s Enhanced Community Education & Awareness Project, a joint effort with Marin Advocates for Children, will increase community awareness of child abuse in San Francisco and Marin counties by educating adults on sexual abuse, training community members to prevent child sexual abuse, and evaluating these public awareness campaigns and trainings. HFC funds will support a Train the Trainer event.
San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocates - Pre-Emancipation Program ($40,000)
The San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocates (SFCASA) is a community-based organization that provides volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children. The Pre-Emancipation Program serves foster youth ages 14 and up as well as a new group of non-minor dependents covered by California SB 12, which extends foster care services to youth up to 21 years of age. Services include individual assessment, advocacy, and mentorship for foster youth. The primary goal of the program is to help older foster youth transition into successful independent living. HFC funds will support the Program Director, Education Advocacy Coordinator, and cover a portion of the volunteer training and recruitment costs.
StarVista - Family Centered Support Using a Differential Response Approach ($35,000)
StarVista is a not-for-profit organization serving children, youth, adults, and families in San Mateo County. The Family Centered Support program serves ethnically diverse, low-income, at-risk families with children ages 0 to 5. Services include home visiting and case management to help families build upon their strengths and keep children safe. Families also receive help identifying resources in the community to address the many stressors they face, such as extreme poverty and immigration issues. HFC funds will support a portion of staff salaries.
University of San Francisco - Child Advocacy Clinic ($40,000)
The University of San Francisco’s Child Advocacy Clinic provides free, crucial legal representation and related advocacy to children in abuse, neglect, and/or dependency cases, while simultaneously providing law students with invaluable training and real-world experience in child welfare law. Under the Clinic Director’s supervision, Clinic interns represent clients at all stages of judicial proceedings in the courts to achieve positive outcomes that bring safety and stability to abused and neglected children. HFC funds will support the Clinic Director and Program Assistant, and will cover a portion of the program’s costs.
Los Angeles Area
The Alliance for Children’s Rights – Adoption and Guardianship: Safety Nets & Forever Families ($10,000)
The Alliance for Children's Rights is a free legal services organization dedicated to protecting the rights of abused and impoverished children. The Adoption and Guardianship program provides adoptions for foster children and legal guardianships for children whose parents can no longer provide for them but who have family members or friends that are willing to care for them and keep them out of the foster care system. The goal of the program is to provide children with the support and protection that comes from being in stable, permanent families. HFC funds will support the legal team in charge of adoption and guardianship cases.
CASA of Los Angeles – Advocacy for Abused and Neglected Children in the Dependency Court System ($10,000)
CASA of Los Angeles recruits, trains, and deploys committed court appointed special advocates who are assigned to foster children in L.A. County. The Advocacy for Abused and Neglected Children program provides CASA services to infants and toddlers entering the child welfare system and Early Childhood Training for volunteers specializing in children 0 to 5. The goal of the program is to increase the number of very young children served to achieve permanency more quickly and successfully. HFC funds will support two Early Childhood Senior Program Coordinators.
Children’s Bureau of Southern California – NuParent ($10,000)
Children’s Bureau is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect in Southern California. The NuParent program provides parent education and parent-infant bonding for vulnerable families with children ages 0 to 5. Parents learn about child development and child rearing, and they learn how to bond with their young children through joint activities. The goal of the program is to teach parents to provide a healthy, nurturing environment in their children’s critical early years. HFC funds will support the NuParent Program Director.
Northridge Hospital Foundation – Center for Assault Treatment Services ($10,000)
Northridge Hospital is a nonprofit medical facility serving residents of San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. The Center for Assault Treatment Services (CATS) program provides medical evidentiary exams, forensic interviews, counseling, and case management to children who have been abused and their families. The goal of the program is to increase the number of disclosures made and to make sure that children have access to the services they need. HFC funds will support a part-time bilingual forensic interviewer specializing in child interviews in Spanish in order to increase the number of interviews with bilingual and monolingual Spanish speakers.
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