Due to an epidemic within the pandemic, across the United States and in 13 countries, For The Children is EXPANDING its direct services to children of neglect, abuse and abandonment. Sign THE PLEDGE to help victims of family-induced childhood trauma during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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How For The Children is addressing the problem.
The Problem

Children who have experienced family-induced childhood trauma often lack ongoing relationship with a safe and caring adult. Too often, they live with instability, often being moved from home to home dozens of times. As one former foster child noted, RFK “helped me find my identity because growing up in different homes, sometimes you lose that.”


Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®): For The Children trains its volunteers in the clinically proven TBRI® modality. TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection.

In order  to help a child recover from abuse and neglect, intervention must go both deep and wide. Five days of immersion at camp goes deep and breaks barriers — our mentoring programs go wide. Dependable, monthly contact with the same, safe adults is vital. RFK’s range of in person clubs, phone and online options work even when COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

FTC's mentoring program includes skills mastery, character building, and fun — plus individualized attention from trained adults who are effective role models. Research shows even one school year of commitment makes a difference—and children from the most difficult situations benefit the most from mentoring.

“You’ve gotta keep mentoring me! You’re teaching me how to be a good husband and father and manage my money and everything!”

Quote from R., a 10-year-old son of an incarcerated dad to his RFK mentor

“My mentee, 'Jennifer,' just needed someone to ‘stand in the gap’ for her — someone she could trust so that she could start loving again.”

RFK Mentor Christy about Jennifer, who after five foster homes finally agreed to be adopted after a year of mentoring