Compass Giving Club

Compass Giving Club

At FamilyForward, we see the faces of kids who have experienced pain every day – kids who just want a real shot at a safe, healthy life and a more hopeful future.

We believe that to treat children, we must first understand them by assessing each child’s current circumstances and outline both their developmental strengths and vulnerabilities as a roadmap to healing. On average, each child receives two assessments per year to guide treatment as we work to change their lives for the better.  

We invite you to become a member of the Compass Giving Club and invest in kids who deserve their own journey to hope and healing. 

Jeffrey's Story

By the time Jeffrey was three, his short childhood was already marked by chaos and fear. He had been neglected, physically abused, and exposed to extreme violence. He was in survival mode, living in a homeless shelter, acting out, easily irritable, and fearful of adults who tried to help him. Jeffrey’s experiences – those no child should ever endure – were traumatizing and resulted in foster care placement.

At FamilyForward, we treat and prevent child abuse and neglect. Our Developmental Trauma Center staff welcomed Jeffrey and helped him feel safe and loved – and our highly trained clinicians completed a trauma assessment utilizing the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) to understand Jeffrey’s developmental strengths and vulnerabilities.

Jeffrey’s assessment gave us a better understanding of how early trauma impacted his ability to function in everyday situations. An individualized plan was created that included regular therapeutic activities with his peers, sensory input like spinning and yoga that calmed Jeffrey, and interactions with nurturing grown-ups who helped him feel secure. For the first time ever, Jeffrey learned what a stable support environment feels like in school and at home. He and his loving caregivers have a roadmap now. The direction? Hope.

Sadly, bad things happen to nearly 17,500 St. Louis area children like Jeffrey who are reported abused or neglected annually. At FamilyForward, we see the faces of kids who have experienced pain every day – kids who just want a real shot at a safe, healthy life and a more hopeful future.

What is the Neurosequential Model?

Our overarching philosophy is based on the Neurosequential Model, developed by Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD. The Model is a developmentally-informed, trauma-sensitive approach. The Neurosequential Model is not a specific therapeutic technique or intervention; it is a way to assess and organize a person’s developmental history and current functioning in a way that allows the clinical team to identify key strengths and vulnerabilities. In turn, this allows the team to select and sequence therapeutic, educational and enrichment experiences that create developmentally-appropriate opportunities for growth and healing.

Legal Name: Children’s Home Society of Missouri, DBA FamilyForward 

FamilyForward is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Please consult your tax advisor regarding specific questions about your deductions.

Federal Tax Identification Number: 43-0652622