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Review for The National Crittenton Foundation, Portland, OR, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The National Crittenton Foundation has connected our agency with other agencies as well as making a connection with leaders at the national level. These connections have enabled our agency to expand their services as well as providing opportunities for our teen girls to advocate for themselves and their peers on a national level by allowing them to tell their stories.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide them with more funding so they can expand their great work to more deserving teens.

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I've worked for 21 years @ Crittenton, Southern CA., the last 17 as a therapist. A large portion of our clients have been involved with the juvenile justice system and many are pregnant or parenting teen moms. .