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Causes: Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Family Services, Family Services for Adolescent Parents, Foster Care, Sexual Abuse Prevention

Mission: The National Crittenton Foundation supports empowerment, self-sufficiency, and the end of cycles of destructive behaviors for girls, young women and their families who live at the margin of the American dream.

Programs: 'bold (bridging opportunity love and determination) program was conceptualized as a program to support the development of the social capital, leadership skills and civic engagement of young women survivors funding was received to develop bold. Working with a committee of young women and women from crittenton agencies the components of bold were developed including the society, quest and circles. In 2014 the society was developed to be a smart phone app. The society app will be piloted in 2015 in 5-7 crittenton agencies bringing women from crittenton agencies called sisters, together with other women, friends who agree to share information, skills and perspectives with them.

educationtncf worked with crittenton agencies and former consumers to provide education, resources, and information to decision makers and partners to increase their understanding of the needs and potential of girls and young women who are survivors of abuse and violence. This included communicating the need for the gender and culturally responsive, trauma informed, strength-based services they need to heal and thrive. Tncf hosted and co-hosted four briefings on: improving the outcomes of children by supporting young parents, adverse childhood experiences and young mothers, and meeting the needs of girls in the juvenile justice system. We are not invisibleworking in partnership with the crittenton family of agencies tncf brought current and former clients/consumers of services to washington, dc to share their perspectives as survivors of trauma and violence with decision makers.

agency support the organization provided training, networking, referrals, research, program development, advocacy, evidence building, professional development and two conferences for the 26 members of the crittenton family of agencies providing services in 31 states and the district of columbia. Additionally, ongoing technical assistance and support is provided to agencies.

connie lieding scholarshipthrough a contribution made to tncf by beth burrell, an individual donor, this scholarship fund was developed in 2011. Scholarships cover educational expenses for young women between the ages of 17-27 who have successfully completed programs at crittenton agencies. During 2014, 11 scholarships were awarded to women advancing their educational goals at technical and community colleges, four-year colleges and masters level degrees. An increased number of scholarships was awarded because of an increase in the contributions made by the donor. Georgetown policy seriestncf in partnership with georgetown center on poverty, inequality and public policy is sponsoring a policy series "marginalized girls: creating pathways to opportunity policy series. Girls at the margin action alliance co-hosted quarterly meetings of the 93 members of the alliance on a range of topics. Building evidence continued the evidence building work from 2012 byworking with a subcommittee of agency representatives and dr. Roy wade from childrens hospital of philadelphia(chop)/stoneleigh foundation research fellow. The group developed a new demographic section, selecting well being domains and questions to be piloted with second administration of the adverse childhood experiences survey. Second administration of ace was begin using new data system redcap through chop. 20 agencies are participating and 8 are piloting the well being questions. Search support provided support to individuals searching for family members separated through adoptions. Public speaking - spoke on a range of issues of importance to marginalized girls and young women, e. G. Ascend/aspen instittue thinkxchange, healthy teen network, etc. . Fostering girls strengths convening hosted 2 national convenings bringing together 45-50 leaders, advocates, researchers, service providers and young women/women to develop a national blueprint for supporting the needs and potential of our nation's most marginalized girls and young women. . National girls initiative (ngi)lead and staffed the ngi of the office of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention of the department of justice. Planning hosting a national roundtable for girls coalitions and alliances on policy reform for girls in or at risk of etnering the juvenile justice system. Began planning for the awarding of innovation awards, drafted policy statement of girls in juvenile justice and provided technical assistance to states on girls.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with the National Crittenton Foundation for five years. I have partnered with many national non profit organizations over the years and I can truly say this is one of the most thoughtful, impactful, and genuine voices for children and youth that I've ever had the honor of knowing. The most impressive thing about Crittenton is how they listen to the voices of girls and young women to inform their advocacy. They truly have the needs, experiences, challenges, and successes of the individual girls front and center in their work.

The collective voice of the local Crittenton agencies is making a difference in ensuring that girls and young women who are victims of abuse, neglect and sexual violence get the right help at the right place at the right time. They have changed the way I look at the world for the better and given me new hope about the incredible strength and resilience of survivors.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Florence Crittenton Foundation has provided outstanding guidance and support to our agency and to the young women we serve who are pregnant and parenting teen mothers. They send us the latest updates on best practices in the field, listen to the voices of our young women so as to better understand needs and challenges; and provide leadership training to young women. I am extremely impressed with their leadership and advocacy on behalf of all young women in this country. They are truly making a difference !!

Jeri S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I say I am a professionalin this field I mean I am a survivor of human trafficking. I have been out of the life for 23 years and have been advocating for other victims of trafficking for 5 years. I met the Crittenton foundation last year where they had their open house of their office in Portland. Since hen I have built a relationship with them and they have helped our small group of trafficking survivors through allowing us to use their space for meetings and allowing us office space. Our group is called Survivor to Survivor. I have been acoomunity oraganizer for 18 years and this organziation is very impressive. We shared the same philosophy as meeting people where they are as well as their long term dedication to their clients. I have never met a group that has consistently stuck to their mission for 129 years!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the CEO of any agency affiliated with The National Crittenton Foundation (TNCF). We are not legally or financially tied to the Foundation, but voluntarily participate with agencies across the county as partners in purpose. In that context, I have been a keen observer of the work of TNCF and can attest to its vision, character, and impact. TNCF consistently matches its actions to its purpose, conducts its activities ethically, and has been constant in its efforts to better the lives of at risk girls and young women. TNCF continues to provide a collective voice for the thousands of girls and young women served, not just by its affiliate agencies, but by all providers working with this population. I am proud to be a partnering agency and personally touched by all they do.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with the National Crittenton Foundation for the past four years. During this time, I have come to respect this organization as a unique leader in the area of women's empowerment. They have grown tremendously as policy advocates and continue to do a lot with very limited financial resources. More and more they are called upon by our nation's elected officials for their input and opinions in their niche area of marginalized women and girls. Through their member organizations, Crittenton ably represents women of 31 states.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have represented our local agency to the National Crittenton Foundation for almost 10 years. The National Crittenton Foundation has provided our agency with excellent opportunities to network with similar agencies accross the nation, exceptional professional development and agency development training, opportunities to advocate for pubic policy on the federal, state, and local level, and support for fund raising and program development. On a personal note I was provided training and support to advocate to numerous US Legislative Representatives from my state for a variety of issues that were important to my agency. The training and support was invaluable and allowed me to come back to my home state and continue the effort which included several invited testimonials to my state's House of Representatives and Senate which resulted in positive policy and funding changes. This would not have been posible with out the training and support I received from the National Crittenton Foundation. Additinally, the Executive Director of the National Crittenton Foundation, Jeannette Pai-Espinoza, is a knowledgable, caring , supportive professional that acts as a resource on a variety of levels for all the agencies within the "Family of Crittenton Agencies".

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Crittenton Foundation advocates for the needs of vulnerable young women. They are the national expert on young women's issues, particularly system-involved young women with histories of abuse and neglect. Their focus is on empowering these young women, promoting evidence-based services which foster self-sufficiency. Their National Campaign "We are not invisible" has been educating the country about the realities of neglect, sexual abuse, and sexual trafficking in our own country.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Crittenton Foundation provides guidance and support to the Crittenton Family of Agencies, all of whom serve at-risk young women in the U.S. I am Director of Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. The National Crittenton helps us in myriad ways: training in evidence-based modalities, updates on national policy issues that impact our work and clients, conferences to promote best practices, and guidance in non-profit management. The staff are professional and extremely easy to work with. I have never known a better group of individuals who are more committed to help young women.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Crittenton Foundation has made it possible for some of our teen clients to experience how the government works and how they can have a voice in making change. As a result of the Crittenton Foundation's connections we've been able to send 3 young ladies to Washington, DC to advocate for funding for the juvenile justice system, trafficking victims protection act & the shutting down of Craig's list adult service sight, which at the time was one of the avenues that pimps were using to sell teen girls. To witness the bravery these young women display as they share their stories as well as the change that comes from them feeling heard and feeling empowered is amazing and almost beyond description. Thinking about their stories and the resiliency which they display still brings tears to my eyes.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Crittenton Foundation has always been supportive of our Charlotte Florence Crittenton, but never as much as in the past several years. We have benefited in many ways including staff training, programming curriculums and client support.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Crittenton Foundation provides valuable resources, guidance and support to the Crittenton Family of Agencies, all of whom serve at-risk young women and their families across the U.S. The National Crittenton Foundation provides opportunities to network, training opportunities with experts in the field of evidence-based practice, national policy issues are addressed and they monitor issues that impact children, young women and their families, yearly conferences to promote best practices, and the staff are always available to our Agency’s for guidance in non-profit management. The staff is professional and experts in the field. The National Crittenton Foundation is dedicated to excellence.