The Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children was established in 1986 by our late founder, Barbara Sinatra in response to the need to provide a state-of-the art, child-friendly facility for child victims of abuse to begin the healing process. Barbara was a philanthropist and wife of the legendary singer Frank Sinatra, both of whom were inspirational in creating the Children’s Center, where children who have suffered physical, sexual or emotional abuse are able to receive counseling regardless of the family’s ability to pay for services.
Barbara was ahead of her time as in the beginning, the subject of child abuse was taboo and often times brushed under the rug. After speaking to a group of teenage girls suffering from the trauma of abuse, she was moved to create a safe haven where both young girls and boys victimized by abuse could be counseled. From that point forward, Barbara’s passion to help the children was sparked and she became a force in the Coachella Valley to treat the devastating effects of child abuse and to help break the generational cycle of abuse.
Through Barbara’s compassion, fortitude, and extraordinary dedication, over 23,000 children have been treated at the Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children. Today the Children’s Center focuses on counseling, prevention, and community education, and in 2016 released a series of animated videos to help children in grades K through 6 protect themselves. At Barbara Sinatra’s insistence, “The Protect Yourself Rules” videos, along with collateral material, are distributed free of charge internationally to teachers, school counselors, after school providers, parents and church groups.
The Board of Trustees, management, staff and volunteers of the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Foundation and the Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children are committed to fulfilling the legacy of the wonderful and caring Barbara Sinatra through new program development, fiscal responsibility and as Barbara so aptly put, to “Helping the kids.”