May 17, 2019
The Children’s Healing Institute is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $300,000 three-year grant from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust and a $52,000 one-year grant as renewed support from The Jim Moran Foundation for the Parent Aide Program.
The Children’s Healing Institute Parent Aide Program, an evidence-based model, provides weekly in-home mentoring to parents to keep families intact and ensure children are safe in their own homes. Some children grow up in distressed environments with ill-equipped, under supported, or isolated parents unable to meet the basic needs of safety, security, and stability. This compromises children's health, development, and learning and contributes to what is now defined as "Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)." These experiences shape young children into the adults they will become and have a lifelong impact on their health and wellbeing. Parent Aide equips parents with the resources, skills, and confidence to parent in a safe and nurturing manner, leading to healthier family relationships and the safety and wellbeing of children.
“In 2017, 1216 children in Palm Beach County were victims of verified child abuse and neglect, most of them under the age of 13. If we are going to make a lasting difference for children, we need to support and equip their parents the best way possible. We are so grateful for The Jim Moran Foundation and the William R. Kenan Charitable Trust for their belief in our mission and their investment in the families we serve,” stated Dr. Sandy Munoz, CEO of The Children’s Healing Institute.
About The Children’s Healing Institute
The Children’s Healing Institute is a non-profit organization and accredited Child Abuse Prevention Center founded in 1988. Programs preserve families by partnering with parents in the home and the community to ensure the safety and well-being of children. Services focus on reducing stress, promoting health, building parenting skills, teaching non-violent discipline, and strengthening support systems. Programs include: Parent Aide (evidence-based in-home family mentoring and parenting support), TEACUP Preemie Program® (resources and support in the hospital NICU and the home for families with a premature infant), and FirstPlay® (research-based infant play therapy model for secure attachment/bonding). Our Turn on the Light National Conference on the Wellbeing of Children and Families, held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, is heading into its 16th year. The annual conference brings together hundreds of parents, professionals and volunteers for a day of educational workshops and networking.
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About William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust
Established in 1966 by a bequest from the estate of chemist and industrialist William R. Kenan, Jr., the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, focuses on awarding grants in the areas of K–12 education, higher education, whole community health, arts and culture, and historic preservation.
About The Jim Moran Foundation
Founded by automotive pioneer Jim Moran, the mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community. The Foundation has invested more than $120 million in education, elder care, family strengthening, and youth transitional living initiatives since its inception in 2000 with efforts currently focused in Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties. Through a long-term Grant Agreement, The Foundation's significant funders are JM Family Enterprises, Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC. To learn more, visit or call (954) 429-2122.
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