NCCF® is committed to serving vulnerable children, youth and families in the national capital area for nearly 100 years. Residential programs serve homeless families, victims of domestic violence, and abused and neglected adolescents.
Why do we exist?
The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) formerly the Baptist Home for Children and Families serves children, youth, and families in the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Region. NCCF operates nine comprehensive programs, which encompass residential, home-based, community-based, and integrated after school activities. Our mission is "to support total, healthy living environments for vulnerable children and families, and the quality of life which empowers their ability to thrive and demonstrate responsibility, by serving as an advocate and a provider of comprehensive services and supports in collaboration with partners who share a similar vision and values." NCCF provides a breadth of early intervention programs and services that work to alleviate the needs of high-risk and at-risk children and families, thus preventing damaging outcomes such as child abuse and neglect, school failure, drug abuse, cyclical poverty, welfare dependence, homelessness, and crime. Our programs seek to reinforce such fundamental values as individual development to full potential for every child, responsible parenthood, community self-help, and adult independence through work.
What have you accomplished?
NCCF’s most recent key accomplishments include: (a) receiving funding from the National Institute of Corrections to implement a 3-year comprehensive, collaborative response to children of incarcerated parents in the District of Columbia; (b) implementing an integrated after school program in the District of Columbia through the J.C. Nalle Community School, which provides school-based extended academic and social, health, and mental health supports to elementary school students and their families in Ward 7. Funding for this initiative was made possible by a major grant from the Freddie Mac Foundation; (c) successful solicitation of a major grant award from the Maryland State Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) to build a new dormitory for the female adolescents served through the Greentree Adolescent Program, and to renovate the old dormitory for the males; (d) State of Maryland grant of $853,000 to build a new Volunteer and Training Center to serve 800 volunteers and 150 staff and foster parents; (e) start up of a child welfare early intervention/prevention family support model for families annually who are referred to Montgomery County Child Welfare Services; and, (f) development of a second 5-year organizational Strategic Plan (currently ending 2nd year) as well as a 20-year Capital Project Facilities Plan.