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Friends of Children Trust Fund, Inc.

 55 Court Street, 4th Floor
 Boston, MA 02108
[P] (617) 727-8957
[F] (617) 727-8997
www.childrenstrustma.org
christine.lojko@childrenstrustma.org
Christine Lojko
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INCORPORATED: 1992
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3123184

LAST UPDATED: 09/20/2015
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

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

The Children’s Trust leads statewide efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect by supporting parents and strengthening families. 
 
The Children’s Trust is Massachusetts’ leading family support organization. We strengthen the Commonwealth by developing, evaluating, and promoting parenting education and coaching programs to improve the lives of children.
 
We have deep, long-lasting partnerships with over one hundred of the most effective family support agencies across Massachusetts. A combination of public and private investment in the Children’s Trust enables the organization to address a growing and unmet need.

Building our children’s future is our purpose

We believe that...

Every child deserves to grow up in a nurturing and loving environment

Every parent wants to raise their children in a responsible and loving manner

Every family has strengths

Every community strive for a culture where all children and families thrive

Mission Statement

The Children’s Trust leads statewide efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect by supporting parents and strengthening families. 
 
The Children’s Trust is Massachusetts’ leading family support organization. We strengthen the Commonwealth by developing, evaluating, and promoting parenting education and coaching programs to improve the lives of children.
 
We have deep, long-lasting partnerships with over one hundred of the most effective family support agencies across Massachusetts. A combination of public and private investment in the Children’s Trust enables the organization to address a growing and unmet need.

Building our children’s future is our purpose

We believe that...

Every child deserves to grow up in a nurturing and loving environment

Every parent wants to raise their children in a responsible and loving manner

Every family has strengths

Every community strive for a culture where all children and families thrive


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
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
  • Talking About Touching - Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

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Overview

Mission Statement

The Children’s Trust leads statewide efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect by supporting parents and strengthening families. 
 
The Children’s Trust is Massachusetts’ leading family support organization. We strengthen the Commonwealth by developing, evaluating, and promoting parenting education and coaching programs to improve the lives of children.
 
We have deep, long-lasting partnerships with over one hundred of the most effective family support agencies across Massachusetts. A combination of public and private investment in the Children’s Trust enables the organization to address a growing and unmet need.

Building our children’s future is our purpose

We believe that...

Every child deserves to grow up in a nurturing and loving environment

Every parent wants to raise their children in a responsible and loving manner

Every family has strengths

Every community strive for a culture where all children and families thrive


Background Statement

The inspiration for the Children’s Trust began in 1986 with over 500 elected officials, parents, judges, Physicians, and human service professionals. They examined decades of data that revealed that child abuse and neglect was on the rise in Massachusetts. In response, they developed a blueprint to stem this alarming trend which called for the initiation, expansion, and promotion of community-based support programs that enhanced family strengths, were culturally relevant, and free to families who used them. That blueprint gave way to the creation of the Children’s Trust Fund in 1988. The Friends of Children’s Trust was subsequently established as a 501(c) (3) to expand the scope of services provided.


Since then, the Children’s Trust has responded to the emerging needs of children and families. We developed a newborn home visiting system to support first-time parents. When high-profile cases brought the prevalence of infant abusive head trauma to light, we educated parents/caregivers on how to manage when their frustrations become over-whelming. When cases of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church were revealed, we were invited to the Boston Archdiocese to reform policies and implement prevention training.
 

A unique public-private partnership, Children’s Trust (a state agency) and Friends of the Children’s Trust (a 501 (c) (3)) work together to strengthen families and prevent child abuse. The Friends of the Children’s Trust raises funds for direct program activities not covered by public funding, thereby increasing our outreach to families cross the state.

Impact Statement

Accomplishments:

-  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.

Goals:

-  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 at least five new Massachusetts Family Centers by 2020
 
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 Prevention 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, OneToughJob.org. 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

Friends of Children’s Trust Fund, Inc
Approximately eight years ago the Governor of the Commonwealth appointed me to the Board of the Children's Trust Fund 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
President,
Friends of Children's Trust Fund

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)

Yes

Programs

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 seven 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.


Talking About Touching - Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

The Children's Trust designs and implement reporting protocols and codes of conduct as a proactive approach to the prevention of child abuse and maltreatment.

Our child personal safety program, Talking about Touching, brings child personal safety training to families, schools, child care facilities, and after school programs. Working with school administrators, we teach children about their safety within the context of child personal safety (e.g. crossing the street, wearing a seat belt, what to do if you are lost), the curriculum creates a comfortable environment that prevents sexual abuse and avoid other dangers.  

Budget  $52,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

Our goal is to train teachers, parents, and children on how to prevent child sexual abuse. We will know we are successful when:

1.      80% of teachers report as “prepared” or “well prepared” to handle disclosures of abuse and teach the curriculum to their students. In addition, leaders will respond correctly to 80% of key questions reflecting important areas about knowledge of child sexual abuse. 

2.      80% of parents report as “fairly” or “completely comfortable” reinforcing the safety rules their children learn in the classroom. 

3.      Follow-up sessions with leaders and providers reveal children’s understanding of their personal safety.   

Program Long-Term Success 

The ultimate goal for Talking about Touching is to reduce incidences of child sexual abuse. As a result of heightened awareness of child sexual abuse in recent years, many parents have struggled to answer a host of difficult questions such as, “How can I keep my children safe without scaring them? How do I know I’m saying the right thing?” Research shows that one out of every three girls and one out of every five boys will be sexually victimized before the age of 18. Nearly one third of those cases of sexual abuse involve children under the age of five. To that end, we work directly with and within early education networks to educate teachers, parents, and children. For teachers and parents completing trainings and workshops on this subject matter, 80% will report they understand the subject matter and know how to respond to incidents of reported abuse and disclosures of abuse from children.

Program Success Monitored By 
We administer pre and post tests to assess the knowledge and skills of leaders and providers. These tests help us evaluate the specific knowledge and skills gained, as well as the overall effectiveness of trainings. 

Registration attendance is tracked at all trainings by requiring participants
to provide their contact information and completed program evaluation forms.  In addition, teachers are required to attend follow-up meetings as
part of the program’s overall evaluation and long-term success. All participants are given an opportunity to share best practices, lessons learned from the field, network with colleagues, and request additional support or training. At follow-up meetings, best practices of implementation, use of the curriculum to talk with parents and children, and stories that demonstrate that have children learned the curriculum are discussed. 
Examples of Program Success 

We created and implemented a training session for the parents of the children who attend Melrose and Stoneham early education YMCA programs.  Parents were engaged during the training and posed several well articulated questions. At the conclusion, several parents commented openly and during one-on-one conversations with the trainer and YMCA staff that TAT is necessary for children to learn, and they now had the skills to talk with their children. One parent employed with the Stoneham public school system even remarked this curriculum would be very helpful for them and made plans to speak with her school administration.


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


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

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Suzin Bartley Executive Director --
Ms. Robin Boorstein Deputy Director of Operations --
Ms. Carolyn Brunis Director of Development --
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. Stacey Nee Communications Director --
Ms. Sarita Rogers Assistant Director of Programs --
Ms. Karole Rose Director of Family Support --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

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

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 38
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 94%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 27
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

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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

Governance


Board Chair Mr. James E. Rooney
Board Chair Company Affiliation Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
Board Chair Term Jan 2014 - Dec 2015
Board Co-Chair Mr. Ryan Hutchins
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Gilbane
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2014 - Dec 2015

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Edward N. Bailey M.D. Medical Director, North Shore Children's Hospital Voting
Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett MA Dept. of Public Health Voting
Michael Bergan EasCare, LLC Voting
Anne Bailey Berman Chadwick Martin Bailey Voting
Secretary Greg Bialecki MA Office of Health & Human Services Voting
Maurice Boisvert Executive Director YOU, Inc. Voting
Sidney Boorstein No Affiliation Voting
Betsy Busch M.D. Tufts University School of Medicine Voting
Patrick Cahn No Affiliation Voting
Joseph C. Carter Massachusetts National Guard Voting
Jan Garnett Cellucci Community Volunteer Voting
Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester Commissioner, MA Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education Voting
Colleen Cook Esq. Nystrom Beckman & Paris LLP Voting
Howard Cooper Esq. Todd and Weld LLP Voting
Jay Curley Esq. Jay Curley & Associates Voting
Erin Deveney Interim Commissioner, Depart of Children & Families Voting
Paul Doherty Shawmut Design & Construction Voting
Claudine A. Donikian Esq. Director of Consulting Services, Pentera, Inc. Voting
Roger Donoghue Esq. Donoghue, Barrett & Singal, P.C. Voting
Herby Duverne Deputy Director of Aviation Security, The Massachusetts Port Authority Voting
Commissioner Peter Forbes MA Dept. of Youth Services Voting
Commissioner Marcia Fowler MA Dept. of Mental Health Voting
Gail Garinger Esq. Advocate, Office of the Child Advocate Voting
Andrea Hayward Year Up Voting
Michelle Howard-Harrell Roxbury Community College Voting
Hector Lopez-Camacho State Street Global Services Voting
Richard Lord Associate Industries of Massachusetts Voting
Commissioner Stacey Monahan MA Dept. of Transitional Assistance Voting
Samuel S. Mullin Esq. Robinson & Cole Voting
Martin Nastasia Brown Rudnick Voting
Secretary John Polanowicz MA Office of Health & Human Services Voting
Lucinda Ross Beacon Hill Nursery School Voting
Robert Sege M. D. Boston Medical Center Voting
William F. Solfisburg Alliance Resource Group Voting
Peg Sprague United Way of MA Bay & Merrimack Valley Voting
Paula S. Stahl Ed.D. Executive Director Children's Charter A Division of key, Inc. Voting
District Attorney David E. Sullivan Esq. Northwestern DA's Office Voting
Jane Tewksbury Esq. Thrive in 5 Voting
Cheryl Vines The Family Center, Inc. Voting
Commissioner Tom Weber MA Dept. of Early Education & Care Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 32
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 17
Male: 25
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 Development / Board Orientation
  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Legislative
  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $1,170,000.00
Projected Expense $1,112,697.00
Form 990s

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

2008 Form 990

Audit Documents

2014 Audited Financials

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Audited Financials

2009 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $705,534 $859,320 $1,001,628
Total Expenses $738,549 $754,306 $873,738

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $185,995 $385,850 $412,552
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $74,786 $71,521 $46,392
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- $118,217 $18,021
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $220,912 $48,242 $113,670
Revenue In-Kind $223,841 $235,490 $410,993
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $427,725 $466,451 $555,207
Administration Expense $228,398 $140,763 $122,401
Fundraising Expense $82,426 $147,092 $196,130
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.96 1.14 1.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses 58% 62% 64%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 20% 34% 37%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $1,792,978 $1,655,141 $1,587,845
Current Assets $622,781 $651,133 $717,438
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $95,486 $120,428 $158,146
Total Net Assets $1,697,492 $1,534,713 $1,429,699

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $155,930.00
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 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 6.52 5.41 4.54

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
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.

Impact

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,  onetoughjob.org, 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 childrenstrustma.org.