Three local organizations are the latest recipients of funding from the Aberdeen Health Foundation’s CAS Endowment Fund. Kids First Association, Pictou County Early Intervention, and Tearmann Society will all receive funds to support projects that alleviate risk, prevent crisis, and enhance the potential for healthy outcomes for children, youth, and families in Pictou County.
The CAS Endowment will provide funding so Kids First can purchase new, evidence-based parenting resources, which they will use in their parent education programs. Current, relevant parenting resources create opportunities for teaching and learning, and create opportunities for outcomes to change.
Kids First provides free programs and services to all families with children up to age 6, and to pre-natal moms and their partners. Last year Kids First had a total program attendance of 22,000.
Pictou County Early Intervention will receive funding for education workshops for families of children with developmental delay or disability, their caregivers, and service providers. Workshop topics will range from understanding the legal options available to support special needs children, and strategies to assist with language development, to learning about certain disorders and the supports available to families.
Tearmann Society will receive funding to deliver an innovative new program to facilitate healing among children and youth who have or are experiencing violence. “Me I Am” will provide holistic support for young people to heal from the experience of violence through the use of creative and artistic tools. A group environment will provide peer support and community building for these young people, while giving them an opportunity to learn and use new mediums of art expression.
“These longstanding organizations have been making a big difference to children and families in our community for many years,” says Foundation Director and CAS Endowment Committee chair Robyn Eaton. “I am certain that those who were involved with the former Children’s Aid Society of Pictou County will be very pleased to see these groups supported through the Children’s Aid Endowment Fund of the Health Foundation.””
The Aberdeen Health Foundation’s Children’s Aid Society (CAS) Endowment Fund was established through a $1 million gift from the former Children’s Aid Society of Pictou County. Continuing the legacy of Children’s Aid, the fund will support projects that protect children, and enhance supports and services for families at risk in the community. Applications are accepted twice per year, February 28 and October 1.
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