To Our Dear Clients and Families,

We are grateful that you have trusted TFF with your care. We have recently made some changes to how we operate and will begin using an alternative model of payment for all services, programs and trainings on November 1st, 2023

We want to emphasize that no one will be turned away for an inability to pay.

We know that changes to your or your child’s services can feel scary, so we want to assure you that you and your child(ren) will still have the same access to the services you are currently receiving. This letter explains why we made this change and how our equitable sliding scale will work. 


As a Black-led, survivor-led organization, The Firecracker Foundation is committed to weaving values of equity, economic justice (mutual aid/cooperative economics), healing justice, care and accountability into our services.

When TFF was launched in 2013, it was our belief that no child should be barred from services due to an inability to pay. We have kept that promise by offering nearly all of our services for children and families for free. 

While generous and well-intentioned, our previous approach:

  • allowed people to undervalue the high-quality services provided by TFF staff
  • limited the number of children we were able to help due to limited financial resources
  • made TFF dependent on unpredictable grant income + large donors 
  • overvalued outside financial support in ways that influenced our day-to-day priorities

We discovered that the families seeking help at TFF were enthusiastic about offering contributions of both volunteer time and donations. They offered to clean our furniture, brought in clothing to be redistributed to the community, donated money from legal settlements, became volunteers, and joined our board of directors. At every turn, we found acts of generosity and reciprocity that were unexpected and unsolicited. 

In 2022, we began to recognize that you belong in every area of the organization. Not just as clients or ‘people we serve’ but as contributing members of a healing community working to end child sexual abuse. 

Survivors save themselves. And it is through this mantra and recognition that we found ourselves exploring meaningful, equitable ways for every member of our community – clients, volunteers, attendees, donors – to participate in sustaining the critical work that they are a part of and centered in. 

After a little research, we found alternative models of payment and started to imagine how both a membership fee and an equitable sliding scale would develop a sense of belonging, deepen our culture of care and allow us to continue to offer quality services to as much of our community as possible. 

We still believe that no one should have to pay for healing services but the harsh reality is that it takes money to pay staff, keep the lights on, and offer healing to people who have been hurt. 




We have established an annual membership fee to help cover a portion of the organization’s administrative costs. This fee is $25 each calendar year for each family* receiving TFF services 

*Parent(s) or guardian(s) and the children they are caring for directly and regularly. This could include foster parents, grandparents, adoptive parents, and other parenting people regardless of their biological connection to the child(ren) receiving services. 

When to Pay Your Membership Fee for 2024: 

  • In full, at the time of your next session or training. 
  • In installments, before December 15th. If you prefer to pay in installments, you will receive an invoice and payment reminders.
  • If you can pay your membership fee, but need a little longer, please just talk with your practitioner, and we can create a payment plan that works for you.
  • If you can’t afford to pay the membership fee, you don’t have to. No one will be turned away for an inability to pay.


In addition to the new annual membership fee, TFF services and trainings are now available on a sliding scale so that more people can afford healing services for the children they love.

Community members who are able to pay — at any level — helps to sustain the work of TFF’s skilled practitioners beyond grant-funding and allows us to continue providing services to community members experiencing economic disparities. 


Supporter Pricing

This range reflects the actual cost of each service and is our suggested payment for community members who can easily meet their basic needs and for whom the full cost of services wouldn’t cause financial hardship. 

  • $30 – $45 per person for each training
  • $30 – $45 per person for each Caretaker Support Group meeting
  • $30 – $60 per visit for postpartum care
  • $120 – 175 for each therapy session
  • $600 – $900 for each childbirth


Sustainer Pricing

This range represents the suggested payment for community members who have the financial resources to meet their basic needs but would experience financial distress if they paid the full cost of services.

  • $15 – $30 per person for each training
  • $15 – $30 for each Caretaker Support Group meeting
  • $15 – $30 per visit for postpartum care
  • $60 – $120 for each therapy session
  • $300 – $600 for each childbirth


Solidarity Pricing

This range represents our suggested payment for community members who have challenges meeting their basic needs and would be prevented from accessing services without a free to low-cost option.

  • $0 – $15 per person for each training
  • $0 – $15 per person for each Caretaker Support Group meeting
  • $0 – $15 per visit for postpartum care
  • $0 – $60 for each therapy session
  • $0 – $300 for each childbirth

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you mean by equitable?

We recognize that everyone has different needs and resources, so a “one-size fits all” approach doesn’t allow people to get exactly what they need. We like this simple quote shared in RISE’s Module on Equity vs. Equality: “Equality is giving everyone the same pair of shoes. Equity is giving everyone a pair of shoes that fits.” — Author unknown 2

What if multiple people in my family are receiving services?

Our intention is that each membership fee would cover the parent(s) or guardian(s) and all the children they are caring for directly and regularly. Knowing that these funds are used to pay our staff and provide services, please let us know who will be covered by your membership fee, or talk with your practitioner if you are unsure of the best option for your family. 

What if I’m a minor seeking services on my own?

If you are a minor seeking services on your own and without the financial support of parents or other adult caregivers, there are no fees for you to receive services. 

What if I can’t afford the membership fee?

If you can’t afford the $25 membership fee, then you don’t have to. Just let your practitioner know and remember – no one will be turned away for an inability to pay. 

What if I need more time to pay the membership fee?

That’s fine. Let your practitioner know when we can expect your payment.

How will invoicing and payment work?

Once you let us know how much you can pay and on what timeframe, you will receive an email from us with a link to Honeybook, our payment platform. You can pay by card directly through that link, through Venmo, CashApp, or to your practitioner by check or cash. If receiving an email invoice doesn’t work for you for any reason, please let your practitioner know and we can make a different plan with you.

What if I have insurance?

At this time we are not able to bill insurance. If at some point in the future that changes, we will offer a sliding scale for any expenses you have.

Who is my practitioner?

Your practitioner is the TFF staff person or contractor providing you with direct services. This may include but is not limited to your therapist, doula/birthworker, trainer, facilitator, advocate, Circle Keeper, etc.

What if I have other questions about the sliding scale or membership fee?

If you have any other questions or would like to discuss this in more detail, please don’t hesitate to contact your practitioner or TFF’s CoDirectors at

 2 Definition of “Equity vs. Equality” from Rise.