“I would like to share the happy emotions that I can appreciate in client’s faces when they learn that they are able to receive donations for their children, particularly when they are at risk of becoming homeless and having difficulties paying their utility bills, as well as not being able to afford diapers for their child…Thank you for helping clients meet their need and provide the best care for their children.”ChildStrive Provider
How We Help
- We build community. Here, people come together to care for each other. Working together, we are creating a healthier community for everyone.
- Families have their stress reduced. Tangible assistance from us can prevent homelessness and another financial crisis. Families don’t have to choose between buying diapers or paying for rent, food, or medicine.
- We help children feel safe, secure, confident, and ready to learn
- The tangible goods help ease ongoing, severe stress for a child.
- Getting essential care goods can reduce neglect and abuse. It is hard to care for your child if you don’t have a dry diaper for a fussing baby or food for a hungry little one. We help by making sure family caregivers have what they need to take care of their children.
The Science of Tangible Assistance
- The work of our organization is evidence-based, drawing on brain science and child development studies such as those done by Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child, and the practice of the Strengthening Families framework.
- The concrete assistance provided in a time of need by our organization reduces sources of stress for children and adult caregivers.
- Giving families tangible help relieves financial and emotional burdens, lessening persistent, toxic stress.
- Health, care, and safety goods from us enhance the ability of parents to provide responsive caregiving and to ensure the well-being of their children.
What Changes for Kids & Families
We annually survey partner agency providers to gain insight into how receiving assistance from our organization affects families and to determine if we help partner agency providers to improve their ability to work with families. The survey work is supported by Best Starts for Kids (BSK, King County), and grounded in peer-reviewed studies, and the KidVantage Theory of Change and Logic Model.
- 90.0% say KidVantage helps their families become equipped to handle their stressful situations better
- 78.5% report that families say goods from our organization make their children happier
- 76.9% reported receiving goods helps to improve health outcomes for children and families
- 86.9% tell us that providing goods from us helps in creating a stronger bond with my recipients
- 46.2% report it helps to reduce the number of missed visits by my recipients
- 67.7% say our services have increased communication by recipients between scheduled visits
- 57.7% report positively influences my organization’s budget
Our Theory of Change - What Changes for Kids, Families, and the Community
Melanie Smith, www.melaniesmithstudios.com