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Second Nurture

Every Child Deserves a Family and a Community

aka Second Nurture   |   Glastonbury, CT   |  http://2nurture.org/

Mission

Second Nurture creates circles of compassion and support for foster families so that they are held, resilient and successfuland kids have the loving, growthful relationships and resources they need to thrive.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Susan Silverman

Main address

2389 Main St., Ste. 100

Glastonbury, CT 06033 USA

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Formerly known as

JustAdopt Inc.

EIN

81-0898315

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are only 117,000 children and teens cleared for adoption in the U.S. — a country of 233 million adults, 350,000 faith communities, and innumerable other affinity groups (community centers, LGBTQ centers, etc.). This imbalance is shocking, particularly when you consider that children in foster care experience PTSD at twice the rate of war veterans, and that kids who “age out” of the foster care system are at extreme risk of being trafficked, becoming homeless, developing addictions, and more. The antidote to such potential tragedy is a permanent, loving family. \nBy helping create, support, strengthen, and connect new foster families within their communities, Second Nurture can get America’s foster-care children — as well as those in need internationally — into loving homes.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Second Nurture

Second Nurture is a new and pioneering initiative that seeks to radically increase the number of families who choose to foster and adopt waiting children and teens. Second Nurture partners with communities to recruit and retain families to foster and adopt by forming cohorts of willing potential parents, creates networks of support for these families that utilize both community members and local agencies, and incorporates foster and adoptive themes into community culture.

This combination of support networks and cultural enrichment provides newly formed Second Nurture families and their children with a community that sees, supports, and reflects them.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Number of partner churches

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Family relationships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Second Nurture envisions a world where every child is surrounded by a family and community that nurtures and supports their growth, shaping a future where everyone has the tools and opportunities to thrive and contribute meaningfully to the world.
Second Nurture seeks to radically increase the number of families who choose to foster and adopt waiting children and teens. We partner with Host Communities to recruit and retain families to foster and adopt by forming Cohorts of willing potential parents, creating networks of support for these families that utilize both community members and local agencies, and incorporates foster and adoptive themes into community culture. This combination of support networks and cultural enrichment provides newly formed Second Nurture families and their children with a community that sees, supports, and reflects them. A major goal is for improved well-being and outcomes for foster children and families.

Second Nurture's model has three main components:
1) Formation of Cohorts: A pre-program survey is sent out to community members to connect with people already involved in foster care and adoption, and to discover those who may be interested. This survey also introduces Second Nurture and our approach. We gauge interest in the adoption of *waiting* children in the context of group and community support as we learn what it would take to prompt and encourage involvement. Open meetings are held for community members interested in becoming part of a Second Nurture family, and/or in building a support network for them. Community leadership is integral to the recruitment of families. These leaders are expected to encourage community membership to consider foster/adoption, to open channels of communication between Second Nurture and community membership, and to integrate Second Nurture's mission and values into community events.
2) Networks of Support: Even as we form the initial cohort, we work to cultivate networks of support on two fronts within the community itself, and with agencies in the larger locale. Through regular meetings, at events, and via community newsletters, we educate the community about children waiting for families and the Second Nurture program. We also identify and recruit community members who have relevant foster and adoption experience and/or relevant expertise (i.e., social workers, educators, foster or adoptive parents, etc.) to support the cohort.
3) Cultural Enrichment: A fundamental aspect of Second Nurture and what really sets us apart is helping communities demystify fostering and adoption by incorporating foster and adoption concepts into the fabric of their community. In consultation with psychological and educational experts, we created a series of resources for a community leaders, educators, and other interested members to help them integrate fostering and adoption into their community values, traditions, and rituals.

Second Nurture was founded in 2016 by Rabbi Susan Silverman, a parent of two adopted children. Since then, Susan has engaged a wide range of thought partners, policy makers, practitioners, and foster and adoptive parents and children to evaluate and inform her community-based, cultural enrichment model. Susan has also met with communities around the nation to measure interest in the model. After years of strategic learning, meeting with dozens of communities, and much planning and experimentation, Second Nurture rolled out its approach and has formed the foundation for scaling our model. We operate in 4 major cities and have a team that includes a Board of Directors with 7 members, 5 paid staff and several volunteers that make the organization strong.

In collaboration with the Dave Thomas Foundation and other thought leaders nationwide, we are testing and refining our model. We have a diversified local and national fundraising strategy through government, foundation, individual and corporate investments, leveraging the support of early adopters to inspire others. In 2019, we launched pilot sites with Wilshire Boulevard Temple to adopt children from the Los Angeles foster system and also the Harmony Project to mentor Columbus foster children in group homes. After 2020 and COVID, we expanded our work in LA to include a South Bay Cohort that is 40 members strong.

Financials

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Second Nurture

Board of directors
as of 01/11/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Danny Stewart

Yoshi Zweiback

Stephen Wise Temple

Danny Stewart

Safe Horizon

Tiffany Haddish

She Ready Productions

Mike McCollough

Denene Millner

Peter Mutabazi

April Dinwoodie

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/16/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data