Greater Boston Area
Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring - AFCMentors ($20,000)
The AFCMentors program at Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring matches at-risk youth in foster care with committed volunteer mentors in consistent one-to-one relationships. Mentors are intensively screened and trained to work with youth who have experienced abuse and neglect. Each mentor/mentee match meets for at least eight hours each month, receives ongoing support, and attends monthly group events with other matches. The primary goal of the program is to provide a consistent, positive role model to foster and adopted youth. HFC funds will support program staff and cover a portion of the program expenses.
Children's Advocacy Center of Suffolk County - Family Advocacy Program ($30,000)
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 – Nurturing Parenting Programs ($30,000)
The Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts is a non-profit that provides support and education programs to families in the Boston area. The evidence-based, intensive Nurturing Parenting Program offers 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 facilitators, childcare providers and a portion of programmatic expenses.
Friends of Children’s Trust Fund - Child Personal Safety Program ($25,000)
Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is Massachusetts’ only statewide public-private partnership dedicated solely to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The Child Personal Safety Program conducts train-the-trainer and direct training groups on child personal safety for parents, teachers, childcare professionals, and other direct care providers. The primary goal of the program is to teach staff and parents how to provide children the basic skills to keep them safe from dangerous or abusive situations. HFC funds will cover the implementation of the trainings including supplies, curricula, and other program needs.
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. HFC funds will go toward the Survivor Mentors and other programmatic expenses.