2024 PROGRAMS WE SUPPORT

Childhood does not employ its own staff in the field but evaluates, monitors, and reviews project applications from other organizations, and provides funding for services for children in need.

Programs addressing CSAE prevention

Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas

Texas
CACTX has a network of 70 CACs across Texas. The campaign targets adults, caregivers, and those interacting with children professionally or personally. The pilot runs in four diverse Texas regions, with the goal of a statewide launch and eventual national rollout. Normalizing proactive CSA prevention conversations using trusted, diverse voices.

Lantuun Dohio – Children & Family Wellbeing Program

Arlington County, VA

Organizing culturally tailored workshops for children and adults to raise awareness of CSEA by translating and disseminating evidence-based materials (NCMEC), and conducting advocacy for victims from the Mongolian community in Northern Virginia.

Massachusetts Citizens for Children

Boston, Massachusetts
Grades K-12. Ten Massachusetts school districts in a year-long initiative to adopt comprehensive strategies to prevent child sexual abuse (CSA). Training for 5,000 teachers and administrators in 50-60 schools.

The Nest Foundation – K-12 Violence Prevention Curriculum and Victim’s Assistance Response

Texas

Programming in Texas schools focused on increased student safetythrough prevention education curricula addressing both perpetration and victimization of sexual violence, and providing victim-centered, trauma-informed tools and policies in schools for more effective response to disclosures of sexual violence.

Prevent Child Abuse Vermont – The Creating Protective Equity Project

Burlington, VT

Addresses the heightened risk of child sexual abuse for Native Tribes in Alaska and Native Tribes and Spanish-first-language families in NewMexico, by providing training to adults who live with and/or work with children to strengthen both professionals’ and families’ knowledge and skills about preventing child sexual abuse.

SafeBAE – Summer Activist Institute

US (national focus)

Annual Summer Activist Institute for 25 high-school students focused on empowering youth with the knowledge and tools to address sexual violence prevention and response in their communities.

University of Minnesota Foundation

Disrupting Youth Sex Trading in the African-American Community: A Collaboration between MYST and the Northside Healing Space


Minnesota

Works with youth and adult leaders in the African American community in North Minneapolis to identify promising strategies to prevent sextrading.

Programs addressing CSAE perpetrator prevention

MASOC – Massachusetts Child and Adolescent Assessment Protocol (M-CAAP)

Massachusetts

In an effort to intervene in the pattern of stigmatization and punitive targeting of youth with problematic sexual behavior, MASOC trains clinicians across Massachusetts to use the M-CAAP – an assessment protocol that demands a clinician look at the whole child, and not exclusively at their problematic sexual behaviors.

Stop It Now! – What’s OK? – Deterring Youth From Sexually Harming

US (national focus)

Website and helpline providing information and guidance to youth with questions about sexual thoughts, interests, and behaviors that could be concerning, harmful, and/or illegal.

Programs addressing CSAE response

The Bridge for Youth – Intervention, Prevention, and Support for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Minnesota

Connects with youth in the Twin Cities currently homeless, or at risk of experiencing homelessness, and disrupts the cycle of sexual exploitation by providing a continuum of basic needs services which empower youth to get off the streets, and increase their levels of safety, housing stability and self-sufficiency.

Coalition for Responsible Home Education – Recognizing and Preventing Abuse and Neglect of At-Risk Homeschooled Children

Stoughton, MA

Awareness building and virtual training for child welfare professionals on the prevalence of, and best practices in response to CSEA within homeschooling environments.

Girls for Gender Equity – Sisters In Strength

Brooklyn, NY

Direct service program for cis and trans girls and gender non-conforming survivors of sexual violence ages 15-19, promoting healing and teaching them advocacy skills to lead change in their communities to end gender-based violence.

Holly’s House

Evansville, Indiana
12 Week Program for children and families dealing with CSEA. Offers help during the peri-traumatic era. Program reduces children (73%) and parental (62%) symptoms of PTSD while promoting healthy family communication in a short time frame.

Safe Horizon – The Streetwork Project: Wraparound Mental Health Support for Homeless Youth in Harlem

New York, NY

Provides services to homeless youth ages 16-25, in an effort to address the link between homelessness and vulnerability to CSEA. Funding will directly support mental health staff and their supervision as it relates to mental health engagement.

Programs addressing online safety

Alaska Children’s Trust

Anchorage, Alaska
Due to Alaska’s geography, over 85% of its communities are unreachable by roads, making digital programs essential. Alaska’s Children’s Trust distributes child protection card decks to families in rural communities to prevent Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse online. Serving 3,000 families.

Human Trafficking Front – Putting an End to the Online Sexual Exploitation of Children: Preventing Victimization and Strengthening Child Protection Systems

Miami-Dade County, FL

Promotes a holistic approach to online child protection with an aim of strengthening the prevention, detection, and reporting of signs, and developing child-centered approaches by delivering trainings to first responders, professionals, parents, and families, using reliable, evidence-based resources, as well as developing social media campaigns in English and Spanish to broaden reach and awareness.

New York Foundling – Internet Sexual Exploitation Prevention Workshops

New York, NY

Educational workshop focused on online sexual exploitation for middle school students aged 11-14 in New York City.

Research Initiative

Economist Impact Unit & Childhood USA – U.S Out of the Shadows Index

United States (50 states)

Benchmarking research project measuring individual states’ action, and inaction, on CSEA prevention and response systems.