Chosen based on several criteria, including previous partnership with CAAF, geographic diversity, and diversity in the types of services provided, the inaugural grant recipients are:
- The Laurel Foundation, Pasadena, Calif. - The mission of The Laurel Foundation is to empower children, youth and families affected by HIV/AIDS through educational and support programs in a safe and trusting environment.
- Amigos Sin Barreras/Friends Without Borders, Redondo Beach, Calif. - Founded to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS through aggressive outreach and education in the community and to enhance the lives of persons living with this disease.
- Chicago House, Chicago, Ill. - Chicago House serves individuals and families by providing housing, employment services, medical linkages, HIV prevention services, and other supportive services to those who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity.
- Food For Life Network, Miami, Fla. - Dedicated to feeding men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in Miami-Dade County since 1987.
- USC Maternal, Child and Adolescent Center, Los Angeles, Calif. – Its mission is to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary care to women, children, adolescents, and their families with special health needs in a culturally sensitive environment.
- New York Council on Adoptable Children, New York, N.Y. - Founded in 1972, to insure that legally freed older and special needs children in the New York City foster care system, and children affected by AIDS, are placed with permanent, loving families. COAC acts on the belief that every child deserves such a family.
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