Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention
Keeping children safe and nurtured
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The Ford Family Foundation focus on child abuse prevention and intervention aims to reduce the rate of child abuse for children and youth in rural Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif. The definition of “child abuse” includes physical abuse, neglect, threat of harm and sexual abuse. The link between child abuse/neglect and a lifetime of physical and mental health problems is increasingly clear. Research from the Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon reveals that:
- Child abuse and neglect have been shown, in some cases, to cause important regions of the brain to fail to form or grow properly, resulting in impaired development; 22% of maltreated children have learning disabilities requiring special education.
- Abused and neglected children are at least 25% more likely to experience problems such as delinquency, teen pregnancy, low academic achievement, drug use and mental health problems.
- Abused and neglected children are 11 times more likely to be arrested for criminal behavior as a juvenile and 2.7 times more likely to be arrested for violent and criminal behavior as an adult.
- About one-third of all individuals who were abused or neglected as children will subject their children to maltreatment. This cycle of abuse can occur when children, who either experienced maltreatment or witnessed violence between their parents or caregivers, learn violent behavior and learn to consider it appropriate.
In Oregon, the latest statistics are staggering:
- Over 10,000 Oregon children were confirmed victims of abuse in 2013 or the equivalent of more than 170 school buses full of children. Nearly half of these children were under the age of six.
- There were almost 28,000 investigations of suspected child abuse in Oregon during 2013. More than twice as many reports of suspected abuse were made in the same year.
See Resources (bottom of page) for a full list of references.
In rural communities we will support programs, projects, operating requests, capacity building, capital projects, and research. We will consider requests to support on-going work at a local level, and we are also interested in innovative work aimed at systems change. We have three focus areas for funding:
Building Community Awareness and Engagement: Working at the community level, funding in this area will focus on building community awareness and capacity to address child abuse issues including: strengthening nonprofit youth protection practices, community level (primary) prevention efforts and addressing the statewide policy systems that impact the broader field.
Prevention for Families at Risk: Working at the individual and family level, funding will focus on getting “up-stream” of this issue and efforts would support best-practice and promising prevention programs/services that support children, parents, and professionals to keep children safe from all forms of abuse.
Intervention for Victims and Families: Working at the individual and family level, funding will focus on quality interventions in cases where abuse has already occurred.The Foundation can invest in Child Advocacy Centers, CASA programs, shelters, and the like but may also consider how mental health services and access to basic stabilizing resources play a critical intervention and prevention role.
Typical grant size: $25,000 to $150,000 per year. While there are exceptions, the Foundation generally prefers to fund no more than one-third of a proposed project. Single and multi-year proposals are accepted.
Types of funds: Programs, projects, operating requests, capacity building, capital projects and research.
Timing: Should the request be approved, funds will be released in no less than 60 days and may take six months to a year, depending on the project scope and review process.
Geography served: Rural communities with less than 30,000 in population not adjacent to or part of an urban or metropolitan area.
Population served: Children (0-18 years).