Safeguarding the overall well-being of children by connecting and referring them to needed social services
As part of KIND’s efforts to help children adjust to a new country, new language, new homes as well as to address the traumas which the majority of them have experienced prior to their arrival, KIND has placed Social Services Coordinators (SSCs) in eight offices.
Around the country, these SSCs have connected over 450 children – and often their caretakers – with essential medical and mental health care, educational opportunities as well as crisis intervention to ensure their well-being and safety. For example, after Hurricane Harvey, the Houston SSC mobilized to provide gift cards for groceries and other basic needs to children and families who had lost everything. In Fresno, the SSC worked with multiple school districts to improve access for children and sponsors to additional resources including with homelessness programs, mental health counselors, and family resource centers. She succeeded in getting KIND clients included in summer programs, soccer camps, writing workshops and tutoring programs and hosted a resource fair where partner organizations provided information about community- based resources; legal rights; the benefits of trauma counseling; and more.