Children's Charter - a Non-Residential Program offered by Key in Massachusetts and Rhode Island

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Children’s Charter

Children’s Charter is a Specialty out-patient mental health clinic for survivors of sexual, physical, emotional, and interfamilial/multigenerational trauma. The clinic was founded in 1985 and is located in Waltham, MA. It is founded on the belief that traumatized children, adolescents and adults are among the most underserved population in our community.

We offer specialized assessment and treatment services anchored in a comprehensive knowledge base, informed through experience and evidenced-based interventions, and provided by clinicians who are supported through multi-disciplinary clinical teams. We believe this represents both the child’s and the family’s greatest hope to find validation, safety and the tools for recovery.



Programs Details:

Outpatient Mental Health

Specialized trauma treatment services for children, adolescents, adults and families who have experienced trauma:

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Since 1994, our multidisciplinary team has provided outpatient therapy for children and adolescents who have witnessed domestic violence as well as their non-offending parent.  We also offer family therapy and work closely with local domestic violence programs and legal services to offer comprehensive supports for families to maximize safety and build connections.

Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)/free services are available for Latina immigrant survivors of intimate partner violence and their children. Outpatient therapy is available in both English and Spanish.

This program is funded by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA).

Services Include:

Payment Options:

For more Information and to make Referrals:
Lulie Munson, LICSW, Intake Coordinator
(781) 894-4307 x 20

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Group Therapy Program

Children’s Charter offers 12-week supportive counseling groups for school age children and adolescents who have experienced family violence.  The groups are free of charge.

Payment Options:

For more Information and to make Referrals:
Lauren Porter, LMHC, Group Specialist
(781) 894-4307 x 54

In-Home Therapy (IHT) – Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative

The In-Home Therapy Team works with families to develop a treatment plan that focuses on:

We provide IHT services for as long as it takes to stabilize a child’s condition.

Payment Options:

For more Information and to make Referrals:

In-Home Therapy Intake
(781) 894-4307 x 51

Forensic Services

The Forensic Services Team is a multidisciplinary group of clinicians who provide independent clinical evaluations of children, parents, and families involved with Child Protective Services.  The evaluations address parental functioning, attachment issues, and effects of exposure to trauma, abuse, and neglect. Other issues may include assessment of risk. They include recommendations regarding mental health services and other interventions. The evaluations are relevant to questions about custody, permanency planning, and placement. If required, evaluators can provide expert testimony regarding the findings of the evaluations.

Services Include:

Payment Options:

Forensic evaluations are not covered by health insurance

For more Information and to make Referrals:
Elizabeth Palladino, LICSW
(781) 894-4307 x 69

Foster Parent Partnership Program: Three-Legged Stool

In-Home Consultation Service for Foster/Pre-Adoptive Parents caring for children with significant trauma histories; emphasis on attachment and trauma theory.

Services include:

Funding Options:

Funding is through the Department of Children and Families Family Networks Contract

For more information and to make Referrals:

Paula Stahl, EdD, Director
(781) 894-4307 x 19

Children's Charter Multi-Disciplinary Team

Clinical Staff

Children's Charter clinicians have extensive experience and specialized expertise in child, adolescent and adult trauma. Team members have additional expertise in Offender Evaluations, Parenting Evaluations, Domestic Violence, Foster Parenting, and Grief and Loss.

Our specialized Multi-Disciplinary staff consists of Psychiatrists, Clinical and Forensic Psychologists, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors and an Expressive Arts Therapist.

Children's Charter offers services both in English and Spanish.

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Office Information

Children's Charter
77 Rumford Avenue, Suite 6
Waltham, MA 02453
Phone: (781) 894-4307
Fax:      (781) 894-1195

Clinic hours:
Monday - Thursday 8am - 8pm
Friday 8am - 5pm