Fund Supports Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center For Child and Family Traumatic Stress

The trustees of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund awarded the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, Maryland, a $100,000 grant to recruit and train three social workers and expand services provided by the Institute’s Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress.

The grant was among 22 awards, valued at $1.3 million, made by the trustees during their fall meeting.

Each year, Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress provides clinical services to more than 1,100 children who experience neglect, physical or sexual abuse, or are exposed to violence in their neighborhoods. Ninety percent of the children seen in the Center live in the most socioeconomically challenged areas in Baltimore.

The Institute currently is receiving an increased number of trauma referrals from local hospitals, likely compounded by the effects of inner-city poverty and violence. This grant will provide services to 120 additional children and families to ensure that treatment and care remain of the highest quality and as convenient as possible.

This initiative is particularly relevant and timely. It will allow Kennedy Krieger to bring its expertise to bear to help reverse psychological and biological effects of trauma and to improve developmental outcomes for the city’s most vulnerable children.

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund works to expand access and create opportunity by investing in people, organizations and communities that were important to Jessie Ball duPont. The Fund has assets of $309 million and has awarded more than $376 million in grants since 1977.