USA

Legal services for Children

Organization: Legal services for Children
Location: San Francisco, USA
Target group: At risk children


In order to stabilize the lives of children and youth and help them realize their full potential, Legal Services for Children (LSC) provides free legal and social services to children and youth in need. LSC’s in-house attorneys and social workers, as well as the organization’s pro bono attorneys, provide every client with comprehensive, holistic services to enable the children to achieve safety and stability, and avoid unnecessary placement in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Each year, LSC serves over 2,500 children and provides comprehensive representation to approximately 600 youth.

Childhood supports the development of ARC (Advocacy, Relationship, Coordination) to enhance agency response to child trauma and part of establishing services at the Center for Youth Wellness.

More info: www.lcs-sf.org


Contact person at Childhood:
info@childhood-usa.org

Peer Health Exchange

Organization: Peer Health Exchange
Location: New York and San Francisco, USA
Target group: High school students


Peer Health Exchange (PHE) was founded in 1999 by six Yale undergraduates, who began teaching health workshops in New Haven public schools in order to fill the gap left by an underfunded, understaffed district health program. PHE train college student volunteers to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education.

Childhood has helped PHE educate thousands of high school students on a comprehensive health curriculum which includes sexual and reproductive health, practicing thoughtful decision-making, learning to communicate effectively with family members and peers, and accessing health resources in the area. Integrated into the curriculum are group conversations, offering the students a safe space to discuss some of the more sensitive issues faced in daily life. This curriculum aligns with Childhood’s efforts in reducing childhood trauma and preventing unintended teen pregnancy by ensuring teenagers have knowledge and skills around sexual health, healthy relationships, and consent so that they can make informed and empowered decisions.

Childhood USA will continue to support the expansion of PHE’s behavioral health curriculum, increase the numbers of volunteers, establish new chapters at area universities and new sites (Staten Island, San Jose University) and adapt programs to serve young people during after school and out-of-school time with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula.

More info: peerhealthexchange.org


Contact person at Childhood:
info@childhood-usa.org

The Bridge for Youth

Organization: The Bridge for Youth
Location: Minneapolis/St Paul, USA
Target group: At risk youth


For over 34 years, The Bridge has worked with youth and families in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, providing immediate shelter and safety for youth in crisis, with caring and experienced counselors to help them find solutions to the difficulties they face. The Bridge works with both parents and youth, helping them resolve family conflicts and rediscover their common ground. The Bridge helps young people reconnect with their families, schools and communities; it strengthens families and helps prevent youth homelessness. The Bridge’s services are free and confidential, and available 24 hours a day. Childhood has supported The Bridge to incorporate a comprehensive program to manage and treat youth who presents with sexual abuse trauma or those who have been victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

In recent years, the Bridge has been leveraging technology to help runaway and homeless youth, specifically through two channels: the Text4Help (T4H) and the YSNMN.org app. The goal is to improve street affected youth’s access to shelters and services. The YSMN.org app is also used by another Childhood project, YouthLink.


Contact person at Childhood:
info@childhood-usa.org

Safe and Sound

Organization: Safe and Sound
Location: San Francisco, USA
Target group: Children at risk of abuse


Safe and Sound is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect, the promotion of healthy families, and the mental health of children.  The goal is to ensure that all children grow up in a loving, nurturing, and caring family in which every child can thrive to meet his or her full potential. Safe and Sound believes that prevention and early intervention are keys to making this happen, by reducing the risk factors that are associated with abuse and neglect, and promoting the protective factors that are known to mitigate those risks.

More recently, Safe and Sound made headlines with their ground-breaking report on “The Economics of Child Abuse: A Study of San Francisco”, which demonstrated the cost of child abuse. In SF alone, the annual cost amounted to 301.6 million dollars.

More info: www.safeandsound.org


Contact person at Childhood:
info@childhood-usa.org

Mass Kids

Organization: Legal services for Children
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Target group: At risk children


Massachusetts Citizens for Children (MassKids) is the oldest state-based child advocacy organization in the country. Their mission is to improve the lives of the state’s most vulnerable children and youth through advocacy by concerned citizens. Since the mid-70s, it has been committed to preventing the abuse and neglect of our state’s children.

The project Childhood supports, Pledge to Prevent, is an online social media campaign whose goals are to empower individuals across the country to be educated about Child Sexual Abuse. Individuals are encouraged to take a stand as learners, educators, safe community promoters or movement builders.

More info: pledgetoprevent.org


Contact person at Childhood:
info@childhood-usa.org

The New York Foundling

Organization: The New York Foundling
Location: New York City, USA
Target group: Children ages 8-10


Childhood supports New York Foundlin´g Child Abuse Prevention (CAPP) Program workshops specifically designed for third and fourth graders. The workshops provide child abuse prevention education and empowerment to elementary school children. CAPP teaches children about physical and sexual abuse prevention. Following the workshop, children are provided with a supportive and comfortable opportunity to speak about any abuse related questions or disclosures.

More info: www.nyfoundling.org


Contact person at Childhood:
info@childhood-usa.org

Safe Horizon

Organization: Safe Horizon
Location: New York City, USA
Target group: Victims of child abuse, domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and human trafficking


Safe Horizon (New York, NY) is the nation’s leading victim assistance organization and seeks to empower victims to move from crisis to confidence through case management, advocacy, guidance and support. Safe Horizon offers services through 18 programs at more than 50 sites throughout New York City, and its target groups include victims of child abuse, domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, human trafficking, and other crimes.

In 2018, Safe Horizon leverage its nearly 30 years of experience providing evidence-based, trauma-informed treatment for child victims of crime and abuse at its Brooklyn-based mental health Counseling Center to provide an improved approach to children who replicate the sexual abuse that was perpetrated on them with other children. Safe Horizon uses Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), a widely-disseminated evidence-based model for treating children with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), for use with children who reenact sexual abuse.


Contact person at Childhood:
info@childhood-usa.org

Youth Link

Organization: Youth Link
Location: Minneapolis, USA
Target group: At risk children


YouthLink works to fill the critical need for specialized intervention and prevention services to address the complex issues surrounding the sexual exploitation of youth. As a recognized leader among nonprofits, YouthLink serves the homeless and at-risk youth in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.


Contact person at Childhood:
info@childhood-usa.org