"Creating a nation where all its children are free from physical harm will require solutions that target children, families and communities. This means funding and encouraging the design, evaluation and implementation of intervention strategies that take into account the interconnectedness of children, families and their communities, and addressing the causative factors across all three entities. Too often we respond to child victims of violence within the narrow confines of child-centered intervention strategies, failing to recognize and deal with the causal factors that may be manifest in the families and communities in which those children live.
Just as we do not live in silos or categories, we cannot resolve child violence and its attendant issues through categorical funding or silo-based intervention strategies. To make any headway in preventing child violence and treating its devastating effects, we must more consistently view children in the context of their families, view families in the context of the communities in which they live, and view any intervention and the funding of those intervention strategies and programs in the context of a family and community support network. Through this holistic approach, we also build a platform for prevention by addressing the needs of vulnerable families and communities, strengthening them and mitigating the risk factors associated with child violence."
Youth Transitions Funders Group
The Youth Transitions Funder's Group is a funder collaborative
created to improve the lives of the nation's most vulnerable young people,
including those children exposed to violence who wind up in our nation's
foster care and juvenile justice systems, or dropping out of school. This
group has an array of resources to assist foundations and other funders in
investing in this vulnerable but important population.
Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families
Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families is an association
of funders with a shared interest in the well-being of children. Their
mission is to promote awareness, understanding, and engagement
around children, youth, and family issues within philanthropy. Many
of these funders have a particular interest in investing in
the prevention of violence against children, and or the mitigation
and treatment of children exposed to violence.
Public Philanthropic Partnership
Addressing the needs of children exposed to violence within our
communities takes a strategic and combined effort of both the public
and private sectors. The Council on Foundations' Public
Philanthropic Partnership provides resources and tools for foundations
interested in pursuing, convening and supporting such partnerships
at the community and national level.
State Farm Good Neighbors and its Youth
Advisory Board is an Example of Corporate Giving targeted to reducing
violence against children.
Dr. Bell is responsible for the vision, mission, strategies and objectives of the Casey Family Programs Foundation. Dr. Bell has more than 30 years of experience in the human services field. Prior to becoming president, he served as the foundation's executive vice president for child and family services. Prior to joining Casey, he served two-and-a-half years as commissioner of the New York City Administration for Children's Services (ACS). There, he managed child welfare services - including child protection, foster care, child abuse prevention, day care and Head Start - with a staff of more than 7,000 and a budget of about $2.4 billion. From 1996 to 2001, Dr. Bell was deputy commissioner of ACS's Division of Child Protection. Dr. Bell is a trustee for America's Promise Alliance and vice-chair of the Association of Black Foundation Executives. He also is a member of the board of Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families and United Way of King County. www.casey.org