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CALM Child Abuse Listening and Mediation: Mother and toddler sucking fingers
$ 100,000 grant
Support for Great Beginnings Helping Teen-led Families

This program provides comprehensive services to at-risk families with young children in order to prevent child abuse, neglect and placement in foster care. In 2006, Santa Barbara County closed a program that served local pregnant and parenting teens. CALM's Great Beginnings Program was called upon to fill the gap. CALM's policy is to accommodate clients in need who meet their eligibility criteria.  Sometimes, due to funding or staffing shortages, CALM must maintain a waiting list or refer to other agencies. Our grant supported program expansion and enabled Great Beginnings' to accommodate all pregnant and parenting teenagers referred since January 2007.