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Neighbors,

Many of you have reached out to offer support or assistance in response to the recent violence and death, which, at the time, involved 3 program participants who resided on our Bethesda campus. NCCF is extraordinarily saddened by this loss of life, as well as for the three youth who are reportedly involved in this unexpected tragedy and we have cooperated fully with authorities.  We are so very grateful for this level of compassion and outreach, especially during this holiday season, and the spiking pandemic, and for your many expressions of care for the uninvolved children, youth and families who continue to receive services on this campus and in this community.

Background

The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF), formerly known as the Baptist Home for Children, arrived in this “neighborhood” in 1930 when the District of Columbia Baptist Convention purchased a 140-acre farm to relocate their orphanage. Many of you have purchased homes on property that once belonged to that original farm. NCCF prides itself on being a good and responsible neighbor.

The Greentree Adolescent Program (GAP) was established in 1973 and has been in continuous operation in Bethesda since its inception. Eligible youth are assessed using Maryland State guidelines and are referred to this community-based care from all over the state.  GAP’s goal is either to successfully return each individual young person to their family, or to equip the youth for independent living.

How You Can Help

1) Please encourage your neighbors and friends to let the results of these shocking circumstances play-out and unfold in their proper channels. This crisis understandably triggers strong and powerful emotions and sharing incomplete or incorrect information will not help the authorities with their investigation or aid in the legal process.

2) Learn more about GAP and how, for over 50 years, it has successfully transitioned young people within this community. These youth have joined the military, graduated from Whitman High School, returned to their families, obtained gainful employment, attended college, and most importantly, became positive and productive citizens.  Join an upcoming NCCF webinar to learn more about who we are and what we do. Educate your neighbors who did not know that GAP youth have been members of the community for decades.

3) Write an inspiring letter to an assigned youth in GAP or write a letter of encouragement to a staff member. Help them move through this difficult time by sharing your empathy and support. For youth, highlight their value and talents that will drive their personal vision for a better life. Recognize their courageous journeys and accomplishments. Acknowledge the staff’s commitment.  Contact Krista Malbouef, Clinical Director (kmalbouef@nccf-cares.org) for more details.

4) Support the program by participating in a Tasty Tuesday or Tasty Thursday for 16 youth and 4 staff members, respectively. One of our most popular and beloved activities for GAP youth, you can choose the menu and even sign up to help participate in the cultural activities. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084dafae28aafe3-tasty

5) Assist with increasing and diversifying extra-curricular activities for young people in GAP such as ice skating, bowling, outdoor education activities, career day, etc. Creative recreational and educational activities contribute to the well-being of all young people. Contact Dahlia Levin, Director of External Affairs (dlevin@nccf-cares.org) with ideas.

Community Resources

6) Talk to young people in your family and networks about the challenges they may face right now. This may include substance abuse, adolescent depression and suicide, pandemic effects and the breakdown in social contact. If you or someone you know is struggling with a youth who is engaged in substance abuse, please contact the Montgomery County Crisis Center at their 24-hour hotline 240-777-4000.  You may also receive mental health support for any reason by contacting EveryMind

 

We thank all of you for your continued support of the young people who find themselves living in this neighborhood voluntarily, yet for reasons beyond their control. We appreciate your recognition that they also are deserving members of this community, and that, as adults, we all must ensure their development into healthy productive citizens. For over a century, your willingness to help young people who cannot live with their families has been a transformative and integral part of healing for thousands. During these difficult times, we believe this ultimately is what will keep us all safe.

As we embark upon another new year together, we wish you the very best of health, well-being, and happiness in 2022.

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Author

Name: Dr. Sheryl Brissett Chapman

About: Dr. Sheryl Brissett Chapman, Ed.D., ACSW, Executive Director, provides agency administrative oversight, consultative support for all programs, and ensures overall contract and program compliance. Dr. Chapman has more than 40 years of experience supervising national, state and local human services programs, and is an expert on child and family welfare and child protection.

ABOUT US

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Founded in 1915 as an orphanage in the District of Columbia, NCCF is a private, nonprofit child and family welfare agency with a commitment to serving poor, disadvantaged, abused, neglected and/or abandoned children, youth, and their families.

Current program services include emergency shelters and transitional housing for homeless families, a high-intensity therapeutic group home, therapeutic and traditional foster care and adoption, independent living for youth transitioning to adulthood, teen parent services, and community-based prevention services that promote academic achievement, parental involvement, economic and vocational stability, and healthy families. Our programs have become social service models, redefining both NCCF’s reputation and the agency’s position in the human service continuum in the Washington Metropolitan Region.

blog-sidebar-aboutUs-logo

Founded in 1915 as an orphanage in the District of Columbia, NCCF is a private, nonprofit child and family welfare agency with a commitment to serving poor, disadvantaged, abused, neglected and/or abandoned children, youth, and their families.

Current program services include emergency shelters and transitional housing for homeless families, a high-intensity therapeutic group home, therapeutic and traditional foster care and adoption, independent living for youth transitioning to adulthood, teen parent services, and community-based prevention services that promote academic achievement, parental involvement, economic and vocational stability, and healthy families. Our programs have become social service models, redefining both NCCF’s reputation and the agency’s position in the human service continuum in the Washington Metropolitan Region.

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