CHANCE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping adults understand the impact family violence has on children and what we must do to ensure that their childhood remain healthy and violence-free.
The organization was founded in 1996, when it became apparent that there weren't enough services for children who had experienced or witnessed family violence. Since that time, CHANCE has become a voice for children in schools, at home and in the social service system.
In the pages to follow, you will learn more about the work we do. We provide a unique perspective that encourages behavior changes in adults, rather than children. We believe that when children from family violence are approached differently, they respond more effectively to the environment around them. As adults model more effective behavior, children learn nonviolent alternatives as responses to the frustrations and stresses that can undermine the family's social health.
At CHANCE, we take a positive approach to the very sensitive issue of family relations. Our outreach programs support an environment conducive to learning empowerment, conflict resolution, preventive maintenance, good parenting, better communication and safety awareness for children and their families.
In short, we believe that we can all help break the cycle of violence in our families by modeling the behavior that acknowledges our children's special needs, validates their self-worth, and ultimately, gives our children the CHANCE for a better life.