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The National Crittenton Foundation

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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.

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Rating: 5

I became familiar with the work of The National Crittenton Foundation (TNCF) in 2004 when I provided some consulting services as they were undergoing some changes. From an outside perspective, I was very impressed with the board and the agency leadership. What's most unique is how the national organization works with agencies across the country. So many national non-profit never see or interact with the audience they help--not the case with TNCF. Through the agencies, they know the girls and young women personally. Another unique aspect of TNCF is that the leadership is not only committed to justice--they really, truly care about the girls and will stop at nothing to help and protect them. When Jeannette Pai-Espinosa took the helm, I immediately became a donor. Under her leadership, I knew great things could happen. And they have.