Programs

The Firecracker Foundation offers high-quality, consistent mental health therapy and trauma sensitive yoga to children who have survived sexual trauma between the ages of 3-18.

Contracted mental health therapists undergo an extensive vetting process to ensure that they are licensed, insured and trained in an evidenced based model proven to treat trauma, including, but not limited to, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapy, Sensorimotor Therapy, and/or Play Therapy. Yoga instructors are required to provide background checks, DHS clearances and go through a vetting process to ensure that they are competent in the treatment of trauma through yoga. Thanks to a collaboration with St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC), a caretaker support group is offered to parents and guardians of the Firecracker children.

Newly launched in 2016, the Pediatric Medical Advocacy Team (PMAT) provides medical advocacy services to children and families during specialized medical care and forensic examination after experiencing sexual assault. The advocate’s responsibility is to listen, to empathize, and to ensure the survivor’s needs are met to the fullest extent possible. Advocates connect children and families with invaluable community resources and services that address the aftermath of sexual trauma and encourage healing and recovery.

Once a family is connected to the services of The Firecracker Foundation, they are always welcomed back to address future challenges. When children face family separation, court proceedings or a new understanding of their trauma at developmental milestones, they are encouraged to come back. Healing after sexual trauma requires a long term investment in the lives of children. The Firecracker Foundation is committed to supporting each client until they turn 18 and can access services readily available for adults.

To register your child or refer a client, please call 517-242-5467 or send an email to mandy@thefirecrackerfoundation.org.