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Strong Families Make Strong Communities

$395 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 7 people in 47 months
Chelsea Kennedy
for Whitington Homes And Services For Children And Families Inc
 FORT WAYNE, IN
Whitington Homes & Services is a Not-for-Profit, Social Service agency committed to providing the highest quality and most cost effective services to children who are at risk of being homeless, neglected, physically, emotionally, and/or sexually abused.

It is our mission at Whitington to develop independent life skills that lead to self-sufficient families, and it is our vision that all children, youth, and families are independent, self-sufficient and contributing members of society.

The video below depicts the children and families we work with day in and day out. When a child is removed from his or her home, or there is an abuse/neglect allegation, we work with the foster family, the child, and the biological family. Our focus is preservation, keeping the family together, and reunification, putting the families back together.

The needs at Whitington span from diapers, to clothes, to full financial support of the children and families that we serve. Any donation, large or small, will help meet the needs of many!



Visit our website at:  http://whitington.org
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Play Therapy Success:

Meet Kara* Then: Kara was removed from her biological parents at just 14 months of age. She was placed into foster care along with her biological siblings – one brother and one sister. While in her foster home, Kara and her siblings were adopted into a seemingly appropriate family as evaluated by the case providers. After some time, it was uncovered that Kara and her siblings were being abused in their new environment. Kara and her sister were receiving the highest level of abuse and appeared to be the focus of the attention of the adoptive mother who often times would physically and emotionally abuse the children and then make false reports that the children were abusing her. After being removed from the adoptive home, reports of sexual abuse began to arise, and that was only the beginning… Kara was accused of attempting to drown her brother causing a separation from her siblings that continues to this day. Kara’s behaviors quickly escalated which led to multiple foster home placements, and by the age of 7 she was placed in a residential facility to assist in efforts to maintain her behavior.

Meet Kara Now: Kara is 11 years of age and currently participates in play therapy at Whitington’s home office. Kara’s treatment consists of one on one attention for three hours per week with a therapist that is trained in play based behavior management and trauma resolution. Kara participates in grooming, hair brushing, nail painting, using lotions and hand washing in order to re-learn the basic techniques of being cared for because these activities were used inappropriately during her years of childhood abuse. Kara also uses art and musical techniques alongside the guided play to allow her to overcome her past traumatic events and to learn how to master her own behavior. Kara has shown great improvement through play therapy along with medication management and a dedicated team. When asked what play therapy is able to assist Kara in achieving she did not hesitate to say, “It helps me to trust”.

*At Whitington we respect everyone who comes to us and understand that many individuals are working toward a fresh start in life. So while their stories are true, names and images have been changed to protect their privacy. Thank you for understanding.
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Keeping Families Together through Therapy and Facilitated Visitation:

Two years ago Whitington became a part of the lives of 4 children, ages 4 to 13, who were taken from their single mother after years of watching her struggle through the cycle of domestic violence. Throughout the mother’s on-and-off violent and unhealthy relationship, she participated in several services at Whitington and has come to a point in her case where her decisions will either allow her to get her children back or will cause her parental rights to be terminated. Without care, this family would more than likely be divided and separated through the foster care system, with the mother losing her parental rights and the children being placed in pre-adoptive homes waiting for an adoptive family. But, with the services offered by Whitington, each member of the family is able to receive the care he or she needs to recover and grow. Individually, the mother and each child is able to receive therapy services, and together, the mother and the children are receiving therapeutic supervised visitations to allow them to build a strong relationship and continue the necessary bonding that takes place between and mother and a child.


*At Whitington we respect everyone who comes to us and understand that many individuals are working toward a fresh start in life. So while their stories are true, names and images have been changed to protect their privacy. Thank you for understanding.
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$395 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 7 people in 47 months
Created May 20, 2014
Funds raised will benefit:
Whitington Homes And Services For Children And Families Inc
  Certified Charity
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Fort Wayne, IN
EIN: 310884478
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I believe in this organization! Please help Whitington make a difference in the life of a child.

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