The Delaware County Community Foundation recently awarded its latest round of grants from the Hope for Children Fund, which has contributed tens of thousands of dollars to organizations who work to help children stay safe and healthy. One of the local organizations that has benefited from this fund is Family Support Line, based in Media.
For more than 25 years, Family Support Line has helped children, families and professionals address the trauma of child sexual abuse. The organization’s services include comprehensive prevention programs; specialized treatment; professional training; and advocacy. Last year, Family Support Line opened the Delaware County Children’s Advocacy Center. The Center brings together law enforcement, child protection agencies, prosecutors, mental health and medical professionals, and victim advocates to work together when investigating allegations of child sexual abuse in Delaware County. By coordinating investigations, the Center is able to provide a victim-focused response to abuse so children and families are able to heal.
Hope for Children Fund grants have been used to fund Family Support Line’s professional treatment programs – group and individual – for children and teens that have experienced the trauma of child sexual abuse, as well as their siblings and non-offending parents.
Group therapy programs are separated into age groups – girls 7 to 10; girls 11 to 14; girls 15 to 18; and siblings 5 to 15. Family Support Line also offers a group for parents working on family healing. During individual therapy, survivors speak with qualified therapists who engage in serious conversations about the survivors’ experiences and how to overcome the obstacles that result from being sexually abused. The therapists used evidence-based, trauma-focused interventions. Group programs are offered at no charge for participants, while individual therapy is offered at rates substantially lower than private fees.
“Our professional treatment programs are really at the core of what we do. Our skilled, experienced staff members are able to help our clients understand and deal with what has happened to them and to help them become successful, productive adults. The participants really benefit from the group setting – they know that they are not alone and have resources to help them,” says Patricia Kosinski, executive director. “We are very thankful to the Delaware County Community Foundation to help us to provide these critical services.”
For more information about Family Support Line, visit familysupportline.org or call (610) 268-9145. The organization is always looking for volunteers as well as organizations and schools that may be looking for educational programs about prevention of child sexual abuse.