KidSide has launched the Amplifying Impact campaign with the goal of raising $40,000 by June 30th and we need your help. With these funds, we will be able to hire a Licensed Psychologist to oversee FIVE doctoral students to provide critical services to around 250 families in one year at no cost to the families.
In 2021, KidSide launched the Amplifying Impact campaign with the goal of raising $40,000 to hire a Licensed Psychologist to oversee FIVE doctoral students to provide critical services to around 250 low-income families in need at no cost to the families. With the help of our Partners and donors like you, we reached our goal and we are now fully funding therapeutic services being provided by Family Forensic Services of Florida to children and families in need that are referred to them by Family Court Services. But we need your help to continue to fund this program!
Family Court Services (FCS) assists parents and children caught in the web of high-conflict cases in the Miami-Dade Family Court system. FCS provides critical assistance, counseling, and other resources to children from low-income families struggling with high-conflict separation or divorce, who may be suffering from domestic violence, abuse, or neglect.
FCS is severely underfunded, and caseloads are extremely high. Without the support of KidSide, many children and families would not have access to the life-changing therapeutic services offered by FCS. KidSide supports the work of FCS by fully funding direct clinical services to these vulnerable children and families, but it is simply not enough to address the sheer number of those in need.
Psychological evaluations for low-income families are another critical service with a waiting list. They are a valuable tool in assisting judges and magistrates that preside over complex high-conflict cases make decisions in the best interest of minor children that are often experiencing abuse or neglect at the hands of parents or guardians. These children are vulnerable to not only physical abuse, but also emotional and psychological abuse. Children that experience emotional trauma and are unable to process it properly may suffer from anxiety, behavioral changes, health issues, and cognitive function deficiencies that may affect their ability to function and live a productive and happy life.
Without these evaluations, judges and magistrates are limited as to what they can do to help our most vulnerable population – children subjected to abuse or neglect at the hands of those that are entrusted to protect them, but are often unable to do so because of undiagnosed or untreated mental illness, substance abuse or drug addiction. Judges and magistrates rely on psychological evaluations and scientific testing, such as hair follicle drug testing, to make important decisions that impact and often change the lives of the children that come before them.
We need the financial contributions of our Partners and donors like you to continue to fund these crucial and much needed services so that no child that comes before the court is left behind. With your help, we can ensure that all children involved in high-conflict court cases receive the protection and advocacy they need and deserve. Please consider making a donation today!