Illinois, Northern Indiana, and Southern Wisconsin (100 miles from Chicago, IL); Twin Cities, MN
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC) – School-Based Mental Health Program ($45,000)
BPNC is a community-based, nonprofit organization serving a low-income working class neighborhood on Chicago’s southwest side. The School-Based Mental Health Program provides comprehensive mental health services, such as individual therapy and case management, to at-risk students and families in three local elementary schools and one local high school. Grant funds will support a school-based counselor to help students overcome abuse and other psychological obstacles to their education.
Casa Central Social Services Corporation – Safe Start Program ($45,000)
Casa Central is the largest Hispanic social services agency in the Midwest. The Safe Start Program provides therapeutic and supportive services, such as clinical therapy and case management, to Chicago families with children, 0 to 5, exposed to violence. The program uses Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), a relationship-based treatment model that is highly effective in reducing the negative impact of trauma in very young children. Grant funds will support a bilingual and bicultural Safe Start Therapist to help children and their families heal from trauma.
Chicago Child Care Society – Teen Alliance ($35,000)
Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS) is a 164 year old child welfare agency. The Teen Alliance program provides comprehensive foster care, therapeutic mentoring, and life skills services to adolescent girls with a history of failed foster care placements who are at risk of aging out of the foster care system without either a permanent home or independent living skills. Grant funds will support a Family Team Coordinator to recruit, train, and support a team of foster parents and advocates to help girls maintain placement stability, meaningful relationships, and achieve self-sufficiency.
Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County – Family Support Services ($40,000)
The Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County provides investigative, advocacy, medical, and therapeutic services for child victims of abuse. The Family Support Services program provides specialized assessment and counseling services for children and youth with histories of abuse and complex trauma, and parent counseling for non-offending caregivers. Grant funds will support four Master’s level counselors to provide direct clinical services for children and families to keep children safe from further abuse.
Children’s Research Triangle – Community Trauma Treatment Program ($25,000)
Children’s Research Triangle is a non-profit organization that provides research-driven mental health services for children with special needs. The Community Trauma Treatment Program provides trauma-focused mental health services, such as individual and family psychotherapy, to abused children, adolescents, and their families in local schools and social service agencies. Grant funds will support clinicians and cover staff training and consultation in order to decrease trauma related symptoms in children and youth.
Community Counseling Centers of Chicago – Parenting Fundamentals ($35,000)
Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4) is a behavioral health and social service provider. Parenting Fundaments is a multi-component program that includes group-based parenting education and training sessions, home visits, referrals, and ongoing support groups for low-income, at-risk parents. Grant funds will support Parent Educators and the development of training materials for the 4-7 age group curriculum to prevent home violence and strengthen families.
The Family Defense Center – Mother's Defense Project ($30,000)
The Family Defense Center is a public interest law office that advocates for justice for families in the child welfare system. The Mother's Defense Project provides legal services to mothers and children who are wrongfully separated by child protection authorities. Additional project activities include the drafting of policy proposals and the development of affirmative suits to benefit mothers and children. Grant funds will support program staff to defend mothers so that children are protected from the trauma of separation.
Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery – 4th Day Home Visiting Program ($40,000)
The Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery is a residential crisis nursery where over-stressed parents in crisis can bring their children when they need a respite from child care. The 4th Day Home Visiting program serves Hennepin County families with at least one child aged 0 to 6 that are at high risk of child abuse and neglect. Home Visitors meet with families in their homes and conduct a family assessment, create an action plan, and teach new tools for communication, coping, and problem solving. Grant funds will support home visitors and expansion efforts to help families achieve stability and self-sufficiency.
Juvenile Protective Association – Helping Hands - Early Home Visiting Mental Health Partnership ($35,000)
Juvenile Protective Association (JPA) is a social welfare agency founded in 1901 that serves Chicago’s disadvantaged families. The Helping Hands program serves at-risk families with children aged 0 to 3 in Chicago’s North Lawndale community. Program activities include home visits and mental health services, such as mental health screening, individual and dyadic psychotherapy, and educational workshops on child development and positive parenting. Grant funds will support a therapist and other program staff in order to promote the safety and well-being of children.
La Rabida Children’s Hospital – Treatment for Young Children Exposed to Trauma and Abuse ($45,000)
The Treatment for Young Children Exposed to Trauma and Abuse program at La Rabida Children's Hospital provides therapy to underserved and traumatized young children (ages 0 – 6) and their caregivers from Chicago’s south side. Treatment services are provided through the evidence-based Child-Parent Psychotherapy treatment model, which strengthens the relationship between the child and the caregiver, reducing trauma symptoms and decreasing parental distress. Grant funds will support staff members that provide the CPP services.
North American Alliance of Child Helplines/BeCause Foundation – Child and Youth Text-Based Crisis Counseling ($40,000)
The North American Alliance for Child Helplines (NAACH) is a partnership between the BeCause Foundation and the seven largest helplines in North America. The Child and Youth Text-Based Crisis Counseling program provides child and youth-focused crisis support services via phone, email, chat, and text through the 121help platform. Children and youth who contact 121help receive free, 24/7 emergency assistance, links to resources, and help in creating safety plans. Grant funds will support outreach and education efforts in the Chicagoland area prior to national implementation of the program.
www.naach.com and www.121help.me
Teen Parent Connection – Strong Dads – Strong Families ($30,000)
Teen Parent Connection is an organization focused on adolescent pregnancy and parenthood. The Strong Dads – Strong Families program serves adolescent fathers aged 12 to 25 in DuPage County. Program activities include father focus groups, weekly support and parenting education groups, individual counseling, home visits, and referrals to community resources such as job training programs and legal counsel. Grant funds will support program staff to help young families develop a home environment free of abuse and neglect.
The Thresholds – Child Abuse Prevention Initiative ($39,700)
The Thresholds is a recovery services provider for people with severe mental illness. The Child Abuse Prevention Initiative serves at-risk young mothers suffering from severe mental illness and their children aged 0 to 5 throughout Chicago. Program services include parent coaching, individual and group therapy, case management, and therapeutic day care. The primary treatment model is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which helps adolescent and young adult females increase stress tolerance and coping skills. Grant funds will support a Dialectical Behavior Therapist and Supervisor to break the generational cycle of abuse and neglect among mothers with severe mental illness.
Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights c/o Tides Center – Child Advocate Training and Best Interests Intervention Program ($17,250)
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights promotes the best interests of at-risk unaccompanied immigrant children and trafficking victims. The Child Advocate Training and Best Interests Intervention Program serves unaccompanied immigrant children aged 18 months to 17 years by connecting them with Child Advocates. Child Advocates help children and youth navigate the legal system and ensure that their best interests are taken into consideration. Grant funds will support the Volunteer Coordinator and training of new Child Advocates in order to protect vulnerable immigrant children.
www.theyoungcenter.org and www.tides.org