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Children Trust, Inc.

 55 Court Street, 4th Floor
 Boston, MA 02108
[P] (617) 727-8957
[F] (617) 727-8997
Christine Lojko
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EIN 04-3123184

LAST UPDATED: 01/02/2019
Organization DBA Children's Trust, Inc.
Former Names Friends of Children's Trust Fund, Inc. (2014)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

The Children’s Trust is on a mission to stop child abuse in Massachusetts. Our programs partner with parents to help them build the skills and confidence they need to make sure kids have safe and healthy childhoods.

Our on-the-ground work is accomplished through a network of over one hundred of the state’s most innovative local community organizations, providing high-quality services to help families thrive and keep children safe.

When children grow up safe and healthy in strong families, it changes the course of their lives.


Mission Statement

The Children’s Trust is on a mission to stop child abuse in Massachusetts. Our programs partner with parents to help them build the skills and confidence they need to make sure kids have safe and healthy childhoods.

Our on-the-ground work is accomplished through a network of over one hundred of the state’s most innovative local community organizations, providing high-quality services to help families thrive and keep children safe.

When children grow up safe and healthy in strong families, it changes the course of their lives.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $1,170,000.00
Projected Expense $1,112,697.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Fatherhood Initiative
  • Healthy Families
  • Massachusetts Family Centers
  • Parenting Education and Support Groups

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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Mission Statement

The Children’s Trust is on a mission to stop child abuse in Massachusetts. Our programs partner with parents to help them build the skills and confidence they need to make sure kids have safe and healthy childhoods.

Our on-the-ground work is accomplished through a network of over one hundred of the state’s most innovative local community organizations, providing high-quality services to help families thrive and keep children safe.

When children grow up safe and healthy in strong families, it changes the course of their lives.


Background Statement

Children’s Trust was established in 1988 in response to a blueprint for child abuse prevention developed through a collaboration with over 300 professionals from sectors across the state. Since its inception, the Children’s Trust has been at the forefront of preventing child abuse and neglect in MA using a strengthening families approach. Our strategies are informed by science and proven research studies, and we now know how to engage with families early to prevent abuse and neglect, and increase positive outcomes.

Our successful MA Family Center model was developed over 20 years ago, and is now being implemented in eight cities/towns serving 25,000 families in 40 communities.

Recent parent evaluations show:

· Knowing where to go in time of stress – increased from 29% to 82%

· Feeling that they know appropriate parenting skills and discipline techniques that fit their children’s ages – increased from 29% to 87%

· attending programs regularly helped them cope with the challenges/stresses of parenting – 90%

Children’s Trust was also on the ground floor working nationally on home visiting models – recognized as the most promising strategy in preventing child abuse. In 1997, we established Healthy Families MA (HFM), a nationally-accredited, home visiting program for first-time parents under 21, and piloted the first universal home visiting program in the country. The HFM evidenced-based model is now serving families across MA, and its data collection and analysis has been recognized by Pew Charitable Trusts as a model for home visiting programs nationwide.

Our evidence-based approach has proven results. We are not only preventing negative outcomes but also increasing positive outcomes for kids and families. A rigorous randomized control trial (RCT) by Tufts University showed HFM has significantly:

· reduced the use of corporal punishment

· lowered parents’ risky behaviors, including use of alcohol and drugs

· increased parents’ educational achievement

· promoted better health outcomes for moms and babies

· lowered parenting stress, a risk factor for child abuse

· promoted healthy, co-parenting relationships that actively involve fathers

A longitudinal study six years after enrollment showed HFM has significantly:

· reduced homeless and dependence on cash assistance

· increased parents’ employment

· decreased parents’ ER use

· reduced maternal depression

· increased children’s executive functioning

· led to a 32% reduction in subsequent reports of abuse and neglect

Impact Statement

-  Completed a comprehensive strategic plan for growth with the vision that by 2020 family support services will be accessible to parents and children in all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts.

-  In response to Tufts University research showing a high rate of depression among young mom in our Healthy Families Massachusetts program, we introduced “Moving Beyond Depression,” as a component of our home-base family support and coaching programs across the state.
-  Worked with state Legislature and others to increase funding of home-based family support and coaching programs by $4 million for fiscal year 2015 enabling us to serve over 1,200 additional families.

-  The Children Trust’s Healthy Families Massachusetts data collection and analysis was recognized by the Pew Charitable Trusts as a model for home visiting programs nationwide.

-  Our “Not Even for a Minute” campaign to educate the public about the dangers of children left unattended in cars, attracted new and widespread support across the state.


-  Support the implementation of our Strategic Plan and Vision for growth through:
     o Access
        1)  Make Family Support Services available to all 
        2)  Ensure the highest quality resources and services for communities, families, and children
   o Awareness
        3)  Increase public awareness of the social and economic benefits of strengthening families
        4)  Build local demand for child first and family-friendly communities
    o Advocacy
        5) Advocate for effective public policies and increased funding
        6) Mobilize communities, parents, state agencies, legislators, and providers

-  Work as a lead partner in a new initiative to develop public policy and practice which sets a high priority on the prevention of child maltreatment in the state, including:
     o Convening national and local experts to assess the current system;
     o Studying, documenting, and disseminating evidence-based best practices; and,
     o Creating an advocacy agenda to transform public opinion and public policies.

Needs Statement

1)  General operating funds to support the Children’s Trust and our strategic plan for growth 
2)  Financial support for our Parenting Education and Support programs and Fatherhood Initiative so that we can expand our outreach across the state
3)  Funding to support the addition of new Massachusetts Family Centers 
4)  Financial support to fund research and evaluation that promotes the growth, enhancement, and expansion of our programming
5)  Funding and partnership for the new SAFE Child Communities Initiative to develop public policy and practice which sets a high priority on the prevention of child maltreatment in the state of Massachusetts

CEO Statement

Being a parent is one of the most important jobs we’ll ever have.  Children’s Trust Fund helps parents navigate the inevitable challenges that come along with raising children. We do this through our Family Centers, our Healthy Families newborn home visiting program, Parent Education & Support Groups, Fatherhood Initiative and our website, A major part of our work focuses on training the professionals who work with children and families. For the last 18 months, we have been engaged in an in depth strategic planning process. This comprehensive plan is our roadmap as we work toward eliminating child abuse and neglect in Massachusetts.  We know that prevention is possible. With your help, we will not only prevent child abuse, but we will ensure that Massachusetts families get the support they need so that all children grow up in loving and nurturing environments.

Board Chair Statement

Children’s Trust, Inc.
Approximately eight years ago the Governor of the Commonwealth appointed me to the Board of the Children's Trust based on my history of interest in youth (e.g. West End House Boys & Girls Club, Ronald McDonald Children's Charities, Big Brother.)  I love working with and supporting kids and helping them grow into meaningful adults and citizens.

This was the first time (for me) sitting on a Public-Private Philanthropic Board and realizing the potential dynamic and influence of such an institution; also the potential dollar fluctuations--on the public side.  The first years we were working with a budget of over $20,000,000 primarily provided by the Commonwealth.  Due to public shortfall, we were faced with cuts of many millions of dollars and the need to broaden our sources.

Given the public-private nature of the organization we are able to impact families in significant ways.  We have established many different philanthropic arms: including the Fatherhood Initiative, Healthy Families, Shaken Baby Syndrome, Talking About Touching, One Tough Job, and Family Centers. 

We are an umbrella organization with over 100 agencies that serve children, parents, and families.  Our Board of Directors is a combination of private and public leaders throughout the Commonwealth which gives us enormous reach and the ability to effect change. 

In order to prepare us for the next decade we have implemented a STRATEGIC PLAN involving many of our Board and non Board Members and are aided by Community Consulting Teams-- an outstanding group of consultants from the Tuck School at Dartmouth.

We are putting together a comprehensive plan to greatly enhance the image, awareness, and fiscal well being of The CHILDREN'S TRUST OF MASSACHUSETTS.

Finally, we are particularly proud that $.87 of every $1.00 is used for services and programs and not overhead.

Thank You,
Sidney L. Boorstein
Children's Trust, Inc.

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
The Children's Trust provides services throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Family Services
  2. Education - Parent & Teacher Groups
  3. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Children's Rights

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Fatherhood Initiative

The Fatherhood Initiative supports fathers, their families, and the professionals who work with them. The Fatherhood Initiative includes two main components:

·  The Fathers & Family Network is a networking and training
group for professionals who work with fathers. The network supports and provides training opportunities to practitioners to enhance their skills, learn new strategies for engaging gathers, and coordinate services across the state.

·  The Nurturing Fathers Program is a 13-week strength-based
parenting group that helps fathers build and strengthen positive parenting attitudes and behaviors. Topics include self-nurturing, fathering with our violence, positive discipline, and co-parenting teamwork skills.

Budget  $128,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served Families Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
Anticipated outcomes include the following.

1. Fathers will gain the tools to develop parenting skills and competencies that foster healthy relationships with their children and other family members. 

2. The program will provide a personal development opportunity for  the fathers who participate, many of who have had a lifetime of limited role models for healthy parenting and loving relationships.

3. Fathers will connect with additional community-based resources and establish positive contacts within the community.

4. Children will experience healthy, nurturing relationships with their fathers, making them less prone to academic underachievement, juvenile delinquency, and teen pregnancy.

Program Long-Term Success 

For fathers completing the group, 80% report less use of corporal punishments, less tension and conflict in the family, and more time engaged in play, social and academic activities; and learn and implement improved relationship strategies.

Program Success Monitored By 

We administer a nationally-validated parenting assessment, the Adult Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI), as a pre-test and post-test with all Nurturing Fathers graduates. The AAPI is designed to assess the parenting attitudes of parent and non-parent populations. Based on known attitudes of abusive parents, responses to the AAPI provide an index of risk for practicing parenting attitudes known to contribute to the maltreatment of children. Specifically, the AAPI measures: inappropriate parental expectations; a parent’s inability to demonstrate empathy; strong beliefs in corporal punishment; reversals in parent-child roles; and oppression of children’s will and independence.

Examples of Program Success  At one Nurturing Fathers graduation ceremony, Billy, a 20-year-old father of three read his personal vision statement, “The Father I Choose to Be.” A self-described “former thug,” he shared his initial reluctance to participate and sitting silently for two weeks. But by the third week, he started explore his feelings and open up about himself and his family. At week four, he shared his own experience as a child. He shared how his father was absent, how the very system designed to help him was actually cutting him out of the picture, and his children were acting out.  At the graduation ceremony, he revealed that after this disclosure, he walked home, crying the whole way. He cried because he had never shared himself like that with anyone before, and felt more support from people than he had in his entire life. With the strong idea of how to grow as a father and a person, he stays connected with the group.

Healthy Families

Healthy Families is a home-based family support and coaching program that supports young, first-time parents and helps them create stable, nurturing environments for their children.

The program matches parents with trained professionals who visit families’ homes to provide support during pregnancy and the child’s first three years of life. Home visitors teach parents about proper baby care, promote nurturing and attachment, practice effective parenting skills, and ensure parents have a solid understanding of healthy child development. They also counsel parents on achieving personal goals such as going back to school or securing a job.

Healthy Families is predominantly a state funded program. The Friends of the Children’s Trust raised $90,000 in the past year for additional services that would not be possible without its support, including a new program component “Moving Beyond Depression” for young mothers who have experienced bouts of depression following the birth of their child.

Budget  $90,000.00
Category  Health Care, General/Other Family Services for Adolescent Parents
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Healthy Families helps parents build a strong foundation by creating positive environments for their children. Parents are better able to care for their new born babies, learn how to create a nurturing environment, practice effective parenting skills and deal with stressful situations, and gain an understanding of healthy child development.


Program Long-Term Success 

Tufts University has found in its research on Healthy Families that:

·  Mothers in the program demonstrated positive effects in areas of
development that are particularly important for young parents – reducing
impulsive, anti-social or risky behaviors, and increasing educational
attainment which can lead to their children experiencing fewer adverse
childhood experiences.

·  Young mothers in the program group has less parenting stress
than mothers that did not receive services through the program.

·  Mothers who had a substantiated case of child abuse or neglect
in their own childhoods were more likely to perceive their child’s behavior in
a positive, age-appropriate manner.

Program Success Monitored By 

We work with Tufts University on an independent evaluation of the program.  Phase I showed positive outcomes for participating families.  Phase II is randomized control trial that will provide further evidence.  Please see the uploaded file for more information, which is the Peer Review stage.

Examples of Program Success 

Achievements from Phase I of our evaluation:

·        The rate of child abuse for Healthy Families teen mothers was 66 percent lower than non-Healthy Families teen mothers.

·        83 percent of Healthy Families mothers are enrolled in school or have graduated at a rate significantly higher than identified in national studies.  70 percent of those we were not in school when they began the program have returned to get their high school diploma.

·        Children, on average, were developmentally on-target despite national research that shows children of teen parents are at greater risk for developmental delays.

Massachusetts Family Centers

Family Centers are where parents and children go to meet other families, tap into community resources, learn new parenting skills, and participate in activities and support programs. Programs are open to all families with young children within the community and may include parent-child activities, playgroups, social events, and drop-in hours.

Centers partner with parents and kids to help them navigate and strengthen family relationships so that the whole family thrives.

The Children’s Trust supports eight Family Centers statewide that offer programs to families in nearly 40 communities.


Budget  $372,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program Short-Term Success 

Parents: indentify developmental milestones and the age when they generally occur; demonstrate knowledge of the basic needs of children; demonstrate knowledge of non-violent discipline techniques; ask for support; advocate for themselves; develop techniques to reduce stress; identify their personal needs for health and safety; and become involved in the Family Center program planning process.

Program Long-Term Success 

The long-term success for this program is twofold.  First, we envision Family Centers becoming as pervasive as senior centers, which are in the majority of highly-populated cities and towns.  Second, for families who go to the centers we expect to:  provide families with knowledge about parenting and child development; develop children’s social and emotional competence; promote nurturing interactions; value parental resilience; facilitate social connections; offer concrete support in times of need; and involve parents in leadership.

Program Success Monitored By 

Evaluation is the essential component of our ongoing commitment to ensure all programs address family needs.  Using our logic model, site visits, peer reviews, outcome accountability assessments, pre and post tests, and family feedback, we will measure our success by the achievements of the families we serve.  All Centers conduct their own internal evaluation processes. The main tool for program evaluation is parent surveys. Programs implement parent surveys after each program series and also after each special event of one time workshop.  One of the sites, Northern Berkshire Family Net, implements an end of the year survey where they ask families about their experience. Others implement short term surveys to evaluate specific program components.  The information gathered through surveys help plan for the next year’s programs and events.

Examples of Program Success 

We build families up by developing their strengths, rather than tear them down by emphasizing their weakness because when you encourage a family, ensuring they have someone “in their corner,” they attain the skills to help them help themselves.   Perhaps the best way to describe our work is through the words of families.  Here’s how Robert describes his experience, “Before, I was a child raising a child.  Now, I’m a dad raising a son.”  When Denise describes her local family center, she is proud to proclaim “I became a better mother, wife, and individual.  I wish every family could have access to services that made a difference in my life.  Imagine that, thousands of happy, healthy families.”

Parenting Education and Support Groups

We partner with organizations across Massachusetts to educate and support parents in the context of small group settings. At these groups, we bring families together to: increase parents’ care giving skills; offer tips on parenting; and strengthen each family’s community support network.

Budget  $110,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served Families People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

The goals of the Parenting Education and Support Groups are to increase parents’ understanding of age appropriate child development, educate them on care giving skills, offer tips on parenting, and strengthen each family’s community support network. As a result of participating in the program, we expect parents to feel more confident and knowledgeable in their parenting role, communicate more effectively with their children, gain techniques for dealing with the stresses of parenting, learn alternatives to corporal punishment, become more involved with their children, and gain access to community services.

Program Long-Term Success 

For parents completing the group, 80% report stronger families and a reduction in the use of corporal punishment.

Program Success Monitored By 

Friends of Children’s Trust Fund is committed the success of parents who participate. At the conclusion of each program, parents complete evaluations assessing their progress, as well as the program’s content and delivery. Our parent questionnaire was developed in collaboration with Tufts University’s Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development. Parents have rated the PESPs at a 3.9 on a four-point scale for satisfaction, willingness to recommend the programs to others, providing new information, and developing support networks.

Examples of Program Success 

An example of how Parenting Education and Support Groups have had
a transformative impact of the lives of families comes from Dorchester. Marie, a young mother enrolled in the Haitian Multi-Service Center support group came to us aged 19, of low-income, bouncing from couch to couch, and with no support network. In addition, she found the challenge of raising her young child overwhelming. After enrolling in the group, she quickly found the support network she needed and the education she was looking for to help her understand herself and her daughter better. Now 21, with a full time job and a home, Marie assists at the center and helps the next group of young mothers learn from her example.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Suzin Bartley
CEO Term Start Jan 1993
CEO Email
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
-- -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Robin Boorstein Deputy Director of Operations --
Ms. Maureen Ferris Public Policy Director --
Mr. Stephen Flaherty Director of Administration and Finance --
Ms. Anitza Guadarrama-Tiernan Director of Training --
Mr. Jack Miller Deputy Director of Programs --
Ms. Sarita Rogers Assistant Director of Programs --
Ms. Cheryl Vines Director of Family Support --


Award Awarding Organization Year
-- -- --


Affiliation Year
-- --
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --



CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 29
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 94%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 21
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 30
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Bi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Mr. Ryan Hutchins
Board Chair Company Affiliation Gilbane
Board Chair Term Jan 2017 - Dec 2020
Board Co-Chair Mr. George Atanasov
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Johnson & Johnson
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2017 - Dec 2020

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Jay Ash Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development Voting
Edward N. Bailey M.D. Medical Director, North Shore Children's Hospital Voting
Richard K Bendetson Diversified Funding Inc. Voting
Anne Bailey Berman Chadwick Martin Bailey Voting
Commissioner Monica Bharel MD, M.P.H MA Department of Public Health Voting
Sidney Boorstein No Affiliation Voting
David J Breazzano DDJ Capital Management, LLC Voting
Betsy Busch M.D. Tufts University School of Medicine Voting
Patrick Cahn No Affiliation Voting
Howard Cooper Esq. Todd and Weld LLP Voting
Paul Doherty Retired Voting
Claudine A. Donikian Esq. Pentera, Inc. Voting
Roger Donoghue Esq. Murphy Donoghue Partners Voting
Herby Duverne Taino Consulting Group Voting
Richard Feilteau Gray, Gray & Gray LLP Voting
Commissioner Peter Forbes MA Dept. of Youth Services Voting
Jeff Grosser Rodman Insurance Agency, Inc. Voting
Superintendent Lisa R Holmes Boston Police Department Voting
Hector Lopez-Camacho State Street Corporation Voting
Richard Lord Associate Industries of Massachusetts Voting
Commissioner Jeff McCue MA Department of Transitional Assistance Voting
Lisa McElaney JF & CS Voting
Commissioner Joan Mikula MA Department of Mental Health Voting
Maria Mossaides Child Advocate, MA Office of the Child Advocate Voting
Samuel S. Mullin Esq. Robinson & Cole Voting
James E Rooney Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Voting
Robert Sege M. D. The Medical Foundation, and Health Resources in Action, Inc. Voting
William F. Solfisburg Alliance Resource Group Voting
Commissioner Linda Spears MA Department of Children & Families Voting
Peg Sprague Retired Voting
Marylou Sudders MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services Voting
District Attorney David E. Sullivan Esq. Northwestern DA's Office Voting
Jane Tewksbury Esq. Brazelton Touchpoints Center Voting
Thomas J Tinlin Howard Stein Hudson Voting
Commissioner Tom Weber MA Dept. of Early Education & Care Voting
Acting Commissioner Jeff Wulfson MA Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 33
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 12
Male: 26
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 98%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Legislative
  • Program / Program Planning
  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $647,800 $995,515 $901,328
Total Expenses $810,568 $824,239 $738,549

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $247,914 $259,359 $185,995
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $57,193 $72,188 $74,786
Investment Income, Net of Losses $-8,532 $67,705 $195,794
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $140,848 $345,032 $220,912
Revenue In-Kind $210,377 $251,231 $223,841
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $485,845 $429,963 $427,725
Administration Expense $177,120 $267,464 $228,398
Fundraising Expense $147,603 $126,812 $82,426
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.80 1.21 1.22
Program Expense/Total Expenses 60% 52% 58%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 38% 21% 20%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $1,845,261 $1,987,500 $1,792,978
Current Assets $636,170 $723,336 $622,781
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- $0
Current Liabilities $139,261 $118,732 $95,486
Total Net Assets $1,706,000 $1,868,768 $1,697,492

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value $1,706,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 18.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 4.57 6.09 6.52

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's audited financials.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

Annual Report (2016)


The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

The Children’s Trust leads efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect in Massachusetts by supporting parents and strengthening families.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

The Children’s Trust develops, evaluates, and promotes parenting education and coaching programs to improve the lives of children. We also create and influence public policies, improve family service systems, and strengthen communities.
We are a private-public organization. This means that additional funds raised by the Friends of the Children's Trust have a greater impact on accomplishing our mission. Much of our administrative costs are paid for with funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We leverage that money with federal funding and private donations. In fiscal year 2014, this resulted in 88.5 percent of our total budget going directly into services that benefit families and children.
Our work focuses on building Protective Factors that support the overall well-being of children and their families. Developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy, the Protective Factors framework is a research-driven approach that identifies key conditions which must be in place in order to support the optimal well-being of children and families. All our programs work to help parents build and strengthen these factors. Protective Factors serve as buffers that help families cope, achieve, and thrive, even during times of stress. They are the cornerstones upon which to build healthy environments for children and families.
The Protective Factors are:

Parental resilience -
developing the ability to cope and bounce back from life’s challenges

Knowledge of parenting and child development -
receiving accurate information about raising young children, and learning appropriate and effective strategies to gauge expectations and set limits on child behaviors

Social connections -
engaging friends, family members, neighbors, and others in the community who may provide emotional support and assistance

Concrete support in times of need -
accessing life essentials such as food, clothing, and housing when there is an immediate need

Social and emotional development of children -
fostering a child’s ability to interact positively with others and communicate his or her emotions appropriately 

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

Through over twenty-five years of practice and valuation, we’ve learned how to partner effectively with parents to help them get the skills, tools, and confidence they need to be the best parents they can be.

The Children’s Trust does this through deep, long-lasting partnerships with over one hundred of the most effective family support agencies across Massachusetts.

We work hand-in-hand with our partners to provide high-quality services that help children and families thrive through:

· Research, including program review and evaluation
· Sharing proven best-practices
· Training
· Advocacy for family support services statewide
Our programs include:

Healthy Families Massachusetts
- a home-based family support and coaching program that works with young, first-time parents and helps them create safe, stimulating environments for their children

Massachusetts Family Centers
- centers where parents and children go to meet other families, tap into community resources, learn new  parenting skills, and participate in activities and support programs

Parenting Education and Support Programs
- group-based programs that help parents enhance the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to be the best parents they can be

The Fatherhood Initiative
- a program that works to advance activities and trainings that support fathers, their families, and the professionals who work with them

One Tough Job
- our award-winning parenting website,, gives parents immediate access to current, reliable, and practical information about parenting and child development

Family Support Training Center
- a robust offering of a variety of learning opportunities to help family support professionals across Massachusetts stay on the cutting edge of the field

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

The Children’s Trust is a data-driven organization that regularly conducts thorough evaluation and review of the impact of our work.

For example, since 1996, the Children’s Trust has partnered with Tufts University to conduct high-quality, collaborative evaluations. This has helped us to plan, design, and complete research that has led to enhanced program delivery and, with our partner family support agencies, to understand the context of programs and equip local staff with increased knowledge about effective program implementation. All of this translates into work that best serves children and families.

Good evaluation relies on good data and analysis. The Children’s Trust has been recognized nationally for the quality of its work in this area. In fact, The Pew Charitable Trusts described data collection and analysis by Healthy Families Massachusetts as a model for similar programs nationwide.
In addition, we require our partner family support agencies to gather and analyze data to improve programs and better support families.

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

The Children’s Trust has been the Commonwealth’s catalyst for building strong families and preventing child abuse and neglect for over 25 years. We set the state’s highest standards for family support. Through rigorous research, we ensure our programs create nurturing and supportive families and communities where children can thrive. Some examples of our recent accomplishments include the following:

Research by Tufts University showed a high rate of depression among young mothers in Healthy Families Massachusetts. We responded by introducing “Moving Beyond Depression,” a proven treatment that is a component of our home-based family support and coaching program.

The Tufts evaluation has also shown:

·  Children in Healthy Families Massachusetts, on average, were developmentally on-target despite national research that shows children of teen parents are at greater risk for developmental delays.

·  Mothers in Healthy Families Massachusetts showed more positive effects that are important for young parents - reducing impulsive, antisocial, or risky behaviors - than mothers not receiving services.

·  Mothers in the program reported less parenting stress. Increased stress is a risk factor for abuse and neglect.

Also, the evaluation showed young mothers in Healthy Families Massachusetts are doing better in school.

· They’re more likely to re-enrolled in high school and get their diplomas.

· In fact, two years after enrollment in the program, these mothers were nearly twice more likely to have completed one year of college than mothers not in the program.

· A better education can result in better jobs and less poverty among these families. When parents are less stressed about money, they are more able to create nurturing and loving environments where their children grow up healthy and ready to succeed.

Among our Massachusetts Family Centers, surveys have shown that nearly all parents said the program helped them cope better with the challenges of parenting.
In our Parenting Education and Support Programs, nearly all parents indicated they learned new parenting skills and about new resources in their communities to benefit their families.

For more information about the Children’s Trust’s many accomplishments and programs, please see our annual report and visit