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The Family Partnership chosen to take part in Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Change in Mind initiative

Published on June 30, 2015  |  Written by Vikki Reich

The Family Partnership chosen to take part in Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Change in Mind initiative

June 30th, 2015 – MINNEAPOLIS – Announced today by President and CEO Molly Greenman, The Family Partnership has been chosen as one of 10 nonprofit human service organizations in the U.S. to take part in Change in Mind: Applying Neurosciences to Revitalize Communities, a new initiative of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.

“The Family Partnership’s participation in the Change in Mind initiative creates the opportunity to take what we know about neuroscience and its relationship to human development, and translate that into effective practice and public policy to help children and families reach their full potential,” said Greenman.

Change in Mind is a three-year initiative of the Alliance, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Norlien Foundation. It will demonstrate the larger impactful role of the nonprofit sector as educator, convener, advocate, and true influencer of getting appropriate systems aligned to the science. The initiative will identify, support, and evaluate the processes that the 15 organizations in the U.S. and Canada will use to align the science with the goal of influencing systems to impact outcomes across the life course.

“This is a great opportunity for The Family Partnership to join forces with organizations around the state on emerging brain science. Learnings about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma compel us to work together to improve outcomes for children and families” said John Till, Senior Vice President of Program Strategy and Innovation.

The organizations chosen to take part in Change in Mind will work toward infusing, aligning, and accelerating established neuroscience discoveries around the effects of life-altering toxic stress into their community-based work as a means to determine if this groundbreaking science can transform policies to move the needle on some of the most difficult social issues facing our communities.

“The participation of The Family Partnership in this exciting initiative shows that there is no more uniquely qualified sector than the nonprofit (non-governmental) to lead larger systems change, by aligning policy, regulatory, and fiscal areas into alignment with the brain science,” said Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance.

Participation in the Change in Mind will add value to several existing practice areas at The Family Partnership by elevating and informing credible, science-based approaches in partnerships with a variety of institutional stakeholders, including child protection, education, the criminal justice system, government, and health care.

Specifically, these five program areas will benefit from participation in the initiative:

  1. Early Child Education: The Family Partnership offers three therapeutic childcare centers in low-income neighborhoods/communities. These childcare centers serve children who have experienced developmental delays due to trauma, including domestic violence, child abuse/neglect, family addiction, and/or homelessness. The Family Partnership also operates drop-in childcare centers at government service centers and offers new parent education and support programming for parents with cognitive disabilities.
  1. Sex Trafficking Services: The Family Partnership operates one of the first and longest-running programs in the United States for women and teens who have been sexually exploited. While much of the work happens in jail, court, and correctional contexts, in recent years, The Family Partnership has redesigned programming and physical program space to incorporate more trauma-informed service strategies.
  1. Safe Harbor Advocacy: The Family Partnership is the lead organization for a statewide coalition of 70+ partners who successfully advocated for reforms in policy and practices, resulting in the adoption of Minnesota’s new Safe Harbor Law for Sexually Exploited Youth. Since the passage of Minnesota’s Safe Harbor law in 2011, The Family Partnership has also led efforts to secure statewide resources for trauma-informed shelter beds and trauma-informed care for trafficked youth.
  1. Violence Prevention, Reentry, and Recovery Services: Over the last five years, The Family Partnership has developed a range of culturally specific, trauma-informed programming specific to the African American community. Gender-specific African American women’s and men’s relapse prevention services, healthy relationships groups for men leaving correctional settings and reuniting with their families, and dating/domestic violence prevention programming engaging African American men, young men, and boys are currently offered.
  1. Trauma-Informed Counseling: The Family Partnership provides clinical mental health counseling services from several service centers as well as in numerous schools and community organizations across the metro area. Our therapists have been trained in a range of evidence-based trauma-informed care modalities, which are now being offered to children, youth, and adults at all of our service sites.

The organizations in the U.S., chosen by an independent selection committee through a competitive application process, include:

The organizations in Alberta, Canada, also chosen by an independent selection committee through a competitive application process, include:

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