Human Results


Crime, crime victims, hunger, addiction, mental illness and homelessness are just a few of the desperate circumstances that the team from Helping Families encountered in the first year of operation.

With unprecedented teamwork, among all the partners and the entire community, Helping Families members worked to cut red tape and offer services and solutions to at-risk youth and their families early enough to intervene effectively. Examples include:

  • A teenage girl — on the verge of a life of drug abuse and sexual exploitation — was provided safety in a group home.
  • Four abused and neglected children were rescued from a crack house and began a more normal life with foster parents.
  • A 4th-grader overturned school furniture in a rage, threatened to kill faculty and students, stood on top of his desk and screamed at the teacher. At home, he blackened his frail grandmother’s eye and is suspected of setting fires and torturing animals. The boy was placed in safekeeping until his medications were corrected. Under professional supervision, his behavior improved.
  • A mom and dad “at their wit’s end” with their teenaged daughter got help with the child’s addiction — problems they were unaware of until Helping Families intervened.
  • A wide range of family assistance services helped the troubled families of several middle school girls discovered to be engaging in ritual self-mutilation.
  • A high school student destined to dropout got the support and encouragement he needed to finish high school and enroll in community college. [1]


  1. Make the Right Choice / Fall 2004 / Page 7 of 8, The HFI Initiative

Upcoming Events

4th Annual Child Advocacy Day
VOICES for Alabama’s Children
Montgomery, AL
March 16, 2017
“Helping Families Initiative”
Alabama District Attorneys Association
Fairhope, AL
April 6–9, 2017
“Next Generation of K-12 Indicator and response Systems to Increase Students’ Post-Secondary Readiness and Persistence”
A Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supported initiative, sponsored by the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland
May 1–3, 2017
“Getting Better at Getting Better”
Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education
San Francisco, CA
March 26–30, 2017
“Breaking Down Barriers — Humanity Matters”
National Association of Social Workers — Alabama
Bryant Conference Center
Tuscaloosa, AL
April 24–25, 2017