Mr. Charles Crittenton and Dr. Kate Waller Barrett invested their lives in “the rescue of unfortunate lost girls”
As a result of the dedication of co-founders, Mr. Charles Crittenton, and Dr. Kate Waller Barrett, the Crittenton social welfare movement was born with a social justice foundation, grounded in a commitment to the rights of women and that they enjoy the same opportunities as men – to change their lives, and to support themselves and their families.
Mr. Crittenton and Dr. Barrett believed that the most effective way to address compelling social issues was at the local level, consistent with the culture, needs, and context of each community. Our founders understood that local organizations across the country would be stronger through an association with their sister organizations, who together could connect the dots and truly catalyze social change.
Through their advocacy, in 1898, The National Florence Crittenton Mission was established, known today as National Crittenton. It was the first charitable organization created through congressional charter as the national umbrella to unite the Crittenton homes.
National Crittenton Through the Years
Charles N. Crittenton opens the Florence Night Mission in New York City on April 19, 1883. The “Mother Mission” is dedicated to serving only women and girls.
Dr. Kate Waller Barrett joins Charles N. Crittenton as the driving force behind the establishment and expansion of the Crittenton social welfare movement.
A special act of Congress signed by President McKinley grants a national charter to the National Florence Crittenton Mission. This charter is amended in 1903.
Seventy-eight agencies exist in five countries: United States, Mexico, France, Japan, and China.
Florence Crittenton Association of America (FCAA) is founded as the professional association for Crittenton agencies.
FCAA merges with Child Welfare League of America (CWLA). The National Florence Crittenton Mission continues to provide financial support to the Crittenton division of the CWLA.
2006 – 2007
The National Florence Crittenton Mission adopts a new name, The National Crittenton Foundation, and separates from the CWLA. It’s new home office opens in Portland, OR.
The National Crittenton Foundation and Crittenton family of agencies return to Washington DC as advocates for girls, young women and their families.
Girls @ The Margin Alliance is founded by The National Crittenton Foundation and Rights4Girls. “We Are Not Invisible” launches, bringing the power of young women’s voices to our nation’s capital.
Launch of the Marginalized Girls Creating Pathways to Opportunities Policy Series in collaboration with Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality and Rights4Girls
2012 – 2014
18 Crittenton family of agencies members administer the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) questionnaire in their agencies.
2013 – 2015
The Bridging Opportunity, Love, and Determination (BOLD) Initiative, the brainchild of eight Crittenton agency alums, is created.
2013 – 2016
TNCF Co-Directs the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) National Girls Initiative with the American Institute for Research as content expert on justice reform for girls.
2015 – 2016
TNCF works in partnership with the Obama Administration’s White House Council on Women and Girls to convene and center the voices and expertise of girls and young women, particularly girls of color, on a range of issues.
TNCF signs cooperative agreement with OJJDP to lead the National Girls Initiative, providing training and technical assistance on justice reform for girls to states, tribal communities, and girl-supporting organizations.
Kate and Charles are back! More than 100 years later descendents from both co-founders are on the TNCF board of trustees, Kate Rademacher, great-great-granddaughter of Dr. Kate Waller Barrett and Charles Baldwin, great-great-grandson of Charles N. Crittenton.
The first In Solidarity We Rise: Healing, Opportunity and Justice for Girls gathering is held in Washington, DC.
TNCF becomes National Crittenton with an updated mission of catalyzing social and system change for girls and young women impacted by chronic adversity, violence and injustice.
The BOLD Society App is launched for smart phones, tablets and the web, creating a virtual support and healing community for young women across the country