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