Location: Boston, MA
Industry: Child welfare/social services
The Children’s Trust was founded to prevent child abuse and neglect, says executive director Suzin Bartley. The nonprofit works toward this mission by developing, evaluating and promoting parenting education and coaching programs that create supported, stable and safe homes for children. One such program is the Healthy Families initiative. The program matches parents with trained professionals who visit families and provide support during pregnancy and through the child’s first three years of life.
Fun Fact: “Last fall, we ramped up our fundraising efforts at our annual Evening of Promise gala through a $50,000 matching grant.”
The Children’s Trust supports eight Family Centers, holds parenting education programs and works to advance trainings that support fathers as well. “Family Centers are community hubs where parents go to get support navigating the joys and challenges of parenting,” says Bartley. “They can tap into community resources, learn new parenting skills, get individualized family support during times of stress, meet other families, and participate in activities and programs that support them in their care-giving role.”
In addition to her work at The Children’s Trust, Bartley is actively involved in her community. She currently serves as VP of the board of directors for Friends for Children in Dorchester, and is a board member for Boston Center for Blind Children. At present, Bartley is working closely with the superintendent of Milton Public Schools to implement a research-based program called Second Step. The program is aimed at helping develop the social-emotional skills kids need for both social and academic success.