Resource support

An all faith advocacy group seeking increased support in a context of limited resources

It’s low-key for a reason, protecting the people and children who walk through those doors. All Faith’s is a children’s rights advocacy center and offers the state’s largest forensic interview program.

“Rather than continuing to re-interview the child and re-traumatize the child of the story, the idea is that the interview is recorded, the child can continue the healing process,” Krisztina said. Ford, CEO and President of All Faiths.

They receive referrals from CYFD and law enforcement agencies, speaking to children who have suffered severe trauma, neglect, and even sexual abuse.

Last year, the nonprofit served 2,500 children and their families. Ford said the pandemic had hit their customers particularly hard.

“As the numbers went down here, the number of interviews went down here, but the severity of the cases was unknown. So what we have seen over the past 18 months was a record level of severity and in truly tragic circumstances and tragic stories, ”said Ford.

She said in trauma research they used the term ACE to describe negative childhood experiences. It would be things like being abused, homeless, having a parent in jail, or going hungry before the age of 18.

The number of experiences increases the score. She said the national average is 1.5. But the kids who come to see them get a 5 or a 6, making their service more important than ever.

“Research shows us that if we don’t tackle these issues early on, as they arise, they will show up later as addiction or people unable to complete their education, occupy a job or maybe becoming homeless and having mental health issues, ”Ford says.

But like many other businesses and organizations, their resources are limited. Often exceeding the money they received. This year, according to a recent presentation to city and county leaders, they have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in excess.

“We are not nice to have, but a need to have the program. A lot is changing here. Although it is very sad to hear the stories of the children that reach us, it is also the door that s. ‘opens for them for change, for normalcy and for healing, “said Ford.” So it’s very important that we are adequately funded. “

All Faiths is always on the lookout for donors to help keep these programs running. More recently, their interview camera broke down; however, officials said the city of Albuquerque wrote a check last week to pay for the replacement.

The next goal is to become a recurring part of the city’s budget.