Posted on August 4, 2021
To provide partial salary support towards two clinicians, and also towards the addition of a contract clinician to better enable them to address the current waiting list — and increase the number of mothers served — by their Strong Mothers’ Domestic Violence & Trauma-Informed Mental Health programs. The Strong Mothers Program interdisciplinary team annually helps more than 100 mothers become better parents through intensive case management, peer support, and mentoring. The clinicians provide behavioral health interventions for participants who exhibit a history of trauma, and individual and group trauma-informed therapy and domestic violence and anger management psycho-educational workshops to help young pregnant and parenting women overcome trauma and become better parents. A newer component is that of helping to build communications and attachments between parent domestic violence survivors and those of their children who have witnessed the violence, so as to promote the regulation of emotions and the healing of their traumas. Headquartered in Queens, NY, Forestdale has adapted all programs and client services to continue remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. It supports family members in meeting life’s challenges through its foster care and foster care prevention services.