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The funds raised through Wiedemann’s Holiday Hop pub crawl will go toward the Children’s Success Fund, which helps bridge the gap between what the state reimburses for CHNK programs and what the actual cost for treatment is. Currently, there is an approximate gap of $70 per day, per boy in the residential treatment program, and the Champions program is funded entirely through private grants and donations.

Financial support ensures one of CHNK’s therapists is in the right place at the right time to keep an at-risk youth in school, off the streets, and with her family. It ensures CHNK’s entire clinical team is on the cutting edge of behavioral health training for adolescents. It ensures that a young boy, abused by his own parents and arriving at the Home with all his belongings in a garbage bag, has a warm bed and nourishing food in his belly.

Some examples of how financial support makes a difference:

  • $50.00 provides two hours of therapy to a family participating in the Champions program
  • $250.00 allows a boy in residential treatment to take part in a 10-week Adventure-Based Recreation Therapy group that teaches him teamwork and leadership skills, as well as builds his self-esteem
  • $1,000.00 helps a CHNK team member get the training necessary to treat adolescents battling chemical dependency and substance abuse.

Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky offers both residential treatment and community-based services to abused, neglected, and at-risk youth. CHNK’s Residential Treatment program serves boys between the ages of 7 and 17 who have been removed from their own homes by the state of Kentucky due to abuse and neglect. At any given time, CHNK has 40 boys living on one of its two campuses (one in Covington and the other in Burlington). The boys live at the Home for 6-8 months on average.

The community-based Champions program serves youth (both male and female) in grades 6-12 who are at risk of becoming juvenile status offenders. CHNK partners with local school districts and law enforcement to have a therapeutic intervention before the student ends up in secure detention for non-violent offenses (like skipping school or being late for school). Last year, nearly 700 children and families received support from the Home.

Of the boys discharged from the residential treatment program during fiscal year 2013, 80% of them were successful discharges – the child entered foster care, went into the custody of a relative or other guardian, etc. Of the 120 students who took part in Champions, 86% successfully completed the program and 99% of participating families reported better family functioning as a result of the program.

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