The Firecracker Foundation recently won a grant award of $10,000 from the Capital Region Community Foundation. Through this grant, The Firecracker Foundation will be able to increase the amount of child survivors of sexual assault served by the foundation’s therapy program and extend caretaker support services to parents and guardians of child survivors, and to assist in informing the community of the foundation’s services.
Since its launch in 2013, The Firecracker Foundation has established programming to emphasize healing the mind, body, and spirit while engaging and training community members to prevent child sexual abuse and advocate for the youngest survivors in our hometown. Currently, The Firecracker Foundation’s Caretaker Support Group is the only one of its kind in the tricounty area. This support group provides a safe, child free space for parents and guardians of child survivors of sexual assault to process their emotions and learn coping tools. Treatment for child sexual trauma is offered by others in this community, but The Firecracker Foundation leads the region in care with holistic approach at no cost to the children and families served.
“You cannot heal children without actively engaging their parents and guardians in the process,” said Tashmica Torok, founder and executive director of The Firecracker Foundation. “The generosity of the Capital Region Community Foundation will allow families to benefit from the holistic care they need to heal collectively and we are so very grateful.”