Established over 25
years ago as a child welfare reform agency, the NHFA employs multiple
approaches to reach its goal of improving children's developmental
outcomes. NHFA helps families become financially self-reliant,
strengthen parents’ attachment to their children and connection to their
communities, and as a result, increase their capacity to guide and nurture
their children to promote their physical, emotional, social and spiritual
well-being. This intervention model has proven to be highly effective in
meeting the needs of very low income urban children.
Five core programs anchor the NHFA to its mission: 1) the New Haven Street Outreach Program (SOWP), a violence prevention program that provides interventions and deterrents to youth violence; 2) the Juvenile Review Board (JRB), a program to divert juvenile offender from the formal juvenile justice system; 3) the Male Involvement Network (MIN), a coalition of providers and institutional partners with a comprehensive approach to working with non-custodial fathers to achieve positive outcomes for their children; 4) the Intensive Family Preservation Program (IFP), a partnership with Yale Child Study Center, that responses to findings of parental abuse or neglect by the Department of Children and Families, by improving parents’ capacity to care for their children. 5) Strengthening Schools through Family and Community Program (SSFC) provides students and their families with case management, promote academic success, prevent and reduces truancy, and provide alternatives to suspension and expulsion when students do not comply with school rules.
The process of coalition building and systems change is part of the agency’s core mission. NHFA works in collaboration with national, state and local partners to advance our mission and create the better off conditions that sustain positive outcomes for children, youth and families. Partnerships with the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars at Yale and with The Consultation Center support the agency's capacity to conduct quantitative and qualitative research to inform, evaluate and enhance NHFA programs.
To continuously improve our organizational performance, the NHFA relies on its own history and experience, participant and community input, along with its research resources to inform the design of new programs and the enhancement of current programs. NHFA implementation of a Results Based Accountability (RBA) framework is equipping the agency with the skills to use data and information technology effectively to track, measure and document the impact our services have in the lives of the populations we serve.
Impact (2015 -2016)
1) Juvenile Review Board (JRB): served 230 youth from New Haven and Hamden. 93% successfully completed the program and improved school attendance and achievement.
2) Male Involvement Network (MIN) served 150 parents, 143 non-custodial fathers & 7 non-custodial mothers received services to meet basic needs, health & mental health needs. 110 parents met their service plan goals by increasing their parenting knowledge and skills through parenting education classes and increased parenting time with their children. 77 parents increased taxable income with new employment or salary increases. 34 parents who were in arrears, improved compliance with child support orders.
3) Street Outreach Worker Program (SOWP) provided youth gun violence prevention services to 168 youth at high risk for gun violence in 2015-16. In collaboration with law enforcement and other city efforts, threw a significant, 34%, reduction in non-fatal shooting in New Haven 2012 to 2016
4) Intensive Family Preservation provided home-based clinical services and case management that enabled parents in 50 families involved in DCF because of child abuse or neglect to improve their capacity to provide responsible nurture and guidance for their children so that the children were able to remain at home with their families.
5) Strengthening Schools: served 120 students at high risk of delinquency, truancy and defiance of school rules. 100 students completed the academic year; 80 students advanced to next grade; 5 of 7 seniors graduated from high school. 20 students were suspended; 5 were expelled, 20 were arrested.
The NHFA will increase significantly its impact in the community through the development of its capacity to be an organization that:
· Is a learning organization that uses evaluation tools and collects data and knowledge that is used to improve and refine its programs.
· Is responsive and adaptive, can monitor, assess and respond to external and internal changes to develop, alter or enhance programs; and can predict and prepare for changes in resources.
· Is an effective and efficient manager of organizational resources with the technical expertise to implement all of the key organizational functions.
· Has the appropriate technology infra-structure, data collection is automated and used to inform program design and managerial decisions.
· Has a resource management plan that will include the development and implementation of the NHFA business model and the building of a capital structure to support it.
The NHFA has identified the need to support its program with the following investments:
Welcome to the New Haven
Healthy families and healthy children make a healthy community. NHFA builds family and community strength and resilience. NHFA believes that children are safer and families are stronger when communities work together and parents feel recognized and supported for their efforts to keep children safe, healthy and learning.
The NHFA has three central beliefs:
(1) Empowering families and building on their strengths, nurtures healthy family functioning that keeps families together in their communities.
(2) Integrating natural supports within the community fosters self-reliance.
(3) Strong, healthy families can be their own advocates and can help reform systems to meet family needs.
Welcome to New Haven Family
On behalf of the Officers and Board of Directors, I extend greetings. Thank you for partnering with us in our mission to strengthen the lives of children, families and ultimately, our community.
I am a lifelong native of New Haven and the well-being of this city and its residents has always been a priority for me. Healthy families are the strength of any city. Many families today face significant challenges and obstacles to leading healthy, productive lives. It is our desire and privilege to stand beside the families we serve, providing support, exposure, and opportunities for growth and empowerment through a myriad of support services provided by New Haven Family Alliance.
The NHFA provides these services through its five programs. Since its inception in 2000, the Male Involvement Network has provided support services for 200 enrolled participant fathers annually. Established in October of 2007, the NHFA New Haven Juvenile Review Board has diverted 200 youth from Juvenile Court annually and, since 2012, the NHFA Hamden Juvenile Review Board has diverted 70 youth from Juvenile Court annually and reducing recidivism and promoting youth development. Every year, the NHFA Intensive Family Preservation and Reunification Program (IFP) serves 50 families with children who have been abused or neglected by improving the parents’ capacity to nurture their children in a safe environment. Just as noteworthy is our Street Outreach Worker program serves over 200 high risk youth to prevent youth gun- involved violence.
These are simply numbers. Upon entering our site, you will find detailed descriptions of all NHFA programming and the work we do with these populations.
As an organization, we believe it is our responsibility to be accountable to the public we serve to produce measurable outcomes; to work collaboratively so that our families and communities are better off as a result of our collective work in the not-for-profit sector..
We believe that the City as a whole and the residents of greater New Haven will reap the rewards of the time, energy, financial commitment, and support we have provided to so many at-risk children and families. It is our belief that your support for the New Haven Family Alliance will improve the quality of the life of many for generations to come.
It is our passion to see children and families realize their fullest potential.
We welcome your support.
The Alliance recognized the devastating consequences of absent fathers in the lives of children who are poor and established the Male involvement Network (MIN) fatherhood support services over a decade ago. In response to the epidemic of youth gun violence, the agency operates the Street Outreach Worker (SOWP) youth gun violence prevention and intervention initiative, designed to provide engagement, support and guidance for young people making extradinarily unhealthy decisions for themselves and their communities. The Balanced and Restorative Justice approach that frames our Citywide Juvenile Review Board (JRB) offers juveniles with misdemeanor offenses an avenue to address the harm they do themselves, their victims and their community and avoid the stigma of the juvenile justice system . We entered a unique relationship with the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars at the Yale School of Medicine and in partnership engaged young people impacted by community violence in a community based participatory research project that lifted their voices in the dialogue about youth gun violence. In partnership with the New Haven Public Schools we are implementing a school based JRB to serve as an additional tool for school personnel to manage students behaviors that interrupt the learning process without removing the student from school. We are poised to be an impact organization that is driven by producing measurable better off conditions for our families and communities. As we have matured as an organization, we have become more proficient in our ability to maximize the benefits of our range of services.
MIN aims is to improve child outcomes and strengthen families by supporting low-income, non-custodial fathers in their efforts to be involved parents and be community assets. The MIN Program helps prepare fathers to meet the emotional, social and financial needs of the children. MIN provides participants with case management, job readiness training and job referrals, and parenting and healthy relationships training. pasting
In 2015-16 MIN’s enhanced
partnership with New Haven healthy Start to reduce infant mortality in African American and
Hispanic communities deepened MIN’s
commitment to holistic understanding of family dynamics, stages of family
planning from pre-conception to birth of healthy, full weight babies and
success in meeting safe baby and child development needs in families when one
parent is non-residential and each parent may have other partners and other
children. MIN’s ongoing partnership with NHHS strengthens MIN
staff’s capacity to use NHHS training effectively for community change
and systems change by bringing an equity lens to collective impact
and addressing health and mental health inequities that effect healthy
pregnancy, keeping babies safe and helping
fathers understand their unique
and essential role in promoting their children’s healthy development.
JRB is a Balanced and Restorative Justice diversion approach designed for juvenile offenders. The JRB provides juvenile first time offenders who take responsibility for their offenses with an opportunity to avoid going to juvenile court by engaging with a panel of volunteer community members where the juvenile confronts the harm done to themselves, their victims, and their community. Parents must be actively involved in the process. The JRB reframes the juvenile offender’s behavior by addressing these behaviors as harm that can be restored. 80% of JRB completers do not re-offend one year after completing the program.
The SOWP is a collaborative approach to reducing and preventing youth gun violence. It aims at reducing risk factors and supporting resiliency factors in the lives of participating youth. NHPD and other stakeholders identify youth who are at a high risk of becoming perpetrators and/or victims of gun violence Outreach Workers link youth to needed services and engage them in pro-social activities including connecting youth to schools, life skills workshops, employment readiness, health promoting recreation, and conflict resolution training. Conflict resolution and mediation are core SOWP interventions used to stop shootings and retaliations.
The New Haven Police Department maintain records of youth gun violence including number of fatalities and number of non-lethal injuries.
SOWP collaboration with law enforcement and other city efforts to reduce youth violence from 2012 to 2016, resulted in a 34% reduction in non-fatal shooting in New Haven.
1) NHFA’s fiscal, administrative and programmatic infrastructure has not kept pace with its development and implementation of innovative programs and interventions. This is in part a result of limited non-restrictive, flexible funds. In response to this challenge, the agency is implementing the recommendations proposed in the FMA assessment report
2) NHFA needs to reduce administrative cost in order to stabilize its financial situation in 2015 and beyond. As part of this effort by the end of December, NHFA is moving its office to a less expensive, community based location in the Dixwell neighborhood.
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