Directions for Youth & Families has roots dating back to 1899, when Associated Charities was established. Through many years, many name changes, and several mergers, they became Crittenton Family Services in 1992, offering counseling and other intervention and education services to families and children. In 1968, Juvenile Probation Council and Friends In Action were formed. These two additional service organizations would become the basis of DFYF’s Prevention services (with counseling & clinical services available as well). They merged in 1983 to form Directions For Youth. By merging Crittenton Family Services and Directions For Youth in 1999 a new, highly effective organization was created providing innovative, culturally sensitive and effective counseling and programming to the Franklin County community. Read More
Children’s Village offers a wide range of services to support children and their families in a variety of settings. Children’s Village utilizes Community-Based programs, Residential programs, After-Care Support services, engages youth and families in advocacy work, and merged with Inwood House to continue providing education and support for pregnant and parenting teens.
Inwood House offers programs to support pregnant and parenting teens who are currently in foster care, homeless, runaway, or adjudicated. The continuum of care offered at Inwood House is aimed at promoting young parents’ self-worth and potential while improving the health and relationships of young families and their children, and increasing their independent skills. Inwood House also works to reduce the incidence of repeat early pregnancies, child abuse, and neglect.
Florence Crittenton Services (FCS) was established by Charlotte civic and religious leaders in 1903. After an article was published reporting the suicide of a 16-year-old who was single and pregnant, citizens joined forces to provide a safe place and understanding, rather than condemnation, for single, pregnant women. That same year, Charles Crittenton and Dr. Kate Waller Barrett made their way to Charlotte and incorporated the home into the Crittenton Family of Agencies. Since then, over 40,000 women, adolescents and babies have received support through Florence Crittenton Services.
Founded in 1896, Florence Crittenton of Helena, Montana was officially incorporated into the Crittenton Family of Agencies in June of 1900. Prior to the establishment of Florence Crittenton, there was no rescue home of any kind in Montana. Although the first home was in a beautiful location and was well maintained, there was almost no furniture for the sixteen rooms, no carpets, no lighting fixtures except kerosene lamps, and no plumbing or other conveniences. Despite this, the need was so great that the first girl, Finn, went to the home before furniture donations could be gathered, and her baby was born two weeks later. She named her baby “Florence.”
Charles Baldwin was going through a box of old family photographs when he discovered an image of his great-great-grandfather, Charles Nelson Crittenton, at a Florence Crittenton Mission agency in Japan. After some searching, Baldwin’s wife, Shizuka, discovered he was the descendant of the founder of a 135-year-old organization – that today is known as National Crittenton.
The organization that later became Canopy Children’s Solutions (Canopy) opened its doors in 1912 with the mission of placing orphaned children into permanent, loving homes. In 1943, the Mississippi Children’s Home Society (as it was then called) amended its charter to permit the Society to extend its services to single mothers. This change, along with the challenge of protecting children from unregulated adoptions, ultimately led to the establishment of the Crestview Maternity Home in 1957. Services to single mothers continued expanding, and in 1965 Crestview became a member of National Crittenton, changing its name to Crestview-Crittenton Home.
Although the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps has been around and thriving since 1969 in Boston, it only became a member of the Crittenton Family of Agencies recently. Its historic connection to National Crittenton lies with the Florence Crittenton agency in Lowell, Massachusetts. In 2011, RFK Children’s Action Corps’ Bright Futures Adoption Center decided to take on the care and protection of the adoption records from the Florence Crittenton League of Lowell. RFK became a member of the Crittenton Family of Agencies the following year in 2012.
The Crittenton agency currently known as Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath) got its start back in 1896 as the Florence Crittenton League of Compassion, Inc. Throughout its history it has undergone multiple mergers, including one in 1908, 1926, and 1949. Most recently in 2006, the Crittenton agency in Boston merged with the Women’s Union to become the Crittenton Women’s Union. As of 2016, it announced its future as EMPath.
We have a long history as advocates for young women and girls
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