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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Family Services, Family Services for Adolescent Parents, Foster Care, Human Services, 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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am honored to be affiliated with this amazing organization! As a former resident of Florence Crittenton Maternity Home- Charlotte, I have been able to use my voice to speak on my experiences as a young teen releasing my child for adoption, my experiences in the foster care system, and now, as a single mom to three boys. I am incredibly grateful the National Crittenton Foundation provides women like me the opportunity and platform to speak up and be heard!


Client Served

Rating: 5

I received services from Crittenton Services in my teens. Their support has allowed me to break the cyle of abuse, poverty and under-education in my life as well as build a legacy of success for my daughter and generations to come

Client Served

Rating: 5

During my formative years (14-18 years old) I was placed at Crittenton in Fullerton CA. I know I was hard to handle, but Crittenton was perfect to and for me in every way. They really guided and assisted me through a really difficult time in my life. I am still in contact with some of the Crittenton staff, and the connections I have made with them have proved invaluable to me; even now that I am 22 years old and living on my own.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My life would not be what it is without Crittenton.

I became a mother at the age of 15 and like any other girl in my position, I felt that I had been thrown into parenthood too soon and felt penalized by the rest of the world because I now was "A teen mother" and apparently that is all I would be known for. Crittenton was able to see past that, and their programs helped me remember that there was so much more to me than just a young mother, they helped me find my voice and my path to success. By showing me how to set my goals AND achieve them, mentoring, supporting and encouraging me, I was able to finish high school, pursue a college degree and now give back to the community. All this despite the fact I had both my children while still in high school.
Through an abusive relationship and the everyday struggles of a girl raising two kids, I was able to use the skills and the resources I had learned from my program leader and move on to a healthier life style for my children and myself.
Their commitment to young women like me is powerful, and is creating future leaders in the community. The array of services offered by Crittenton is truly empowering to the girls!
I am so proud to be called an alumni of their program, and for them to allow me to volunteer any chance I can!