WE SERVE trauma victims and survivors, aged 2 to 21, in strategic locations in the U.S. and around the world.

WE TREAT the needs of victims’ families, whose support and participation are essential for the recovery of their loved ones.

WE MANAGE plans for our clients. Untreated trauma may lead to depression, anxiety, substance and drug addiction, self-mutilation, suicide, eating disorder, among others, preventing the trauma victim or survivor – and their families - from living a normal, productive and abundant life.

WE RUN on gifts. Our operations will be funded by donations and contributions from individuals, foundations, churches, religious groups, other non-profits, government institutions, business entities and, other sources from the general public, who believe in Restore CFS’s mission.


WE ARE A CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION.  We desire to glorify God through serving individuals and their families suffering from trauma, and providing them the opportunity to experience God’s promise of redemption and restoration (Deuteronomy 30:3-6).

WE ARE DEDICATED PROFESSIONALS.  We adhere to the highest standards of excellence in our field, including exceptional staff with the training and expertise to be agents of restoration for our clients. We will act ethically and professionally at all times, maintaining the highest levels of transparency, responsibility, courtesy, and accountability.

WE ARE SYNERGISTIC.  We believe partnerships are vital for maximizing effectiveness and innovation. By collaborating with a diverse range of partners, we can deliver greater impact in our communities.

RESTORE CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES  (Restore CFS) is a California-based nonprofit public benefit corporation.

OUR VISION.  That children and families who have experienced trauma would find hope and radical restoration through effective, easily accessible services.

OUR MISSION.  Restore CFS provides free, high-quality intervention and treatment for children and families with limited access to trauma recovery services. Our comprehensive, collaborative approach will enable holistic healing and transformation.


Mae Sampani-Del Mundo   CEO and Clinical Director

Mae is a licensed marriage and family therapist in California, and has worked with families and children for 21 years. She has provided direct care to foster children and their families, South East Asian refugees, and chronically mentally ill patients. Mae was the director of aftercare with International Justice Mission in Cebu, Philippines, from 2006 to 2013, piloting several programs that continue to serve the community today. She is currently clinical director for a behavioral health agency that serves children and adolescents with complex trauma.

Mae has a BA in psychology and MAs in counseling psychology and marriage family therapy.

Mark Anthony Del Mundo   Legal Counsel

Mark is a licensed attorney in California and the Philippines with extensive experience in criminal and civil litigation, and labor and family law. From 2007 to 2013, he worked for International Justice Mission (IJM), first as special counsel and later on as director of the legal interventions team. Mark and the legal team, in collaboration with local, national, and international law enforcement agencies, successfully prosecuted hundreds of human trafficking cases. IJM’s anti-trafficking efforts in 2006 to 2011 led to a 79 percent reduction in the prevalence of minors into commercial sexual exploitation in Metro Cebu.

Today, Mark serves the Filipino-American community in California in the areas of immigration, family law, and estates and trusts.

Lourdes Cardona   CFO, Research and Evaluation, and Board Member

Over the past 25 years, Lourdes has been leading teams in operations management, strategic planning and execution, change management, and program/project management in the biomedical, food, and high-tech industries in the US as well as in Europe, Asia Pacific, and emerging markets. As a consultant, she helped businesses refine their purpose and develop end-to-end strategies that enable a positive societal impact. She has also supported organizations fighting human trafficking and cancer in children.

Lourdes has a bachelor's degree in business administration, with an emphasis in marketing, from the University of Puerto Rico, and an executive master’s in business administration from Saint Mary’s College of California. She also possesses a Lean Six Sigma black belt certification from Villanova University and an advanced program management certification from Stanford University.

Johanna Thai Van Dat   Co-Director of Advancement and Board Member

Johanna is an attorney who provides justice for low-income and underserved populations. She advocates for and works with mental-health consumers to access public benefits. In the past twelve years, she has been a staff attorney, helping self-represented litigants navigate the court system, primarily in the areas of family law, domestic violence restraining orders, probate, and limited civil.

Johanna serves on the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Santa Clara County and currently chairs its public awareness committee. She has a BA in political science from UC Berkeley and a JD from Santa Clara University.

Cherry Macalino  Co-Director of Advancement and Board Member

Cherry is a registered nurse who has worked in hospitals, public health agencies, and schools. She has served victims of physical and sexual abuse, and those who have been marginalized by society. Her delivery of nursing care is guided by evidence-based practices and rooted in her Christian faith. She is currently pursuing a doctor of nursing practice degree.

Heidi Ing   Program Design, Volunteer Consultant and Board Member

As a victim advocate, Heidi provided comprehensive advocacy services for victims of violent crime for over 12 years, working with a leading victim and witness assistance program to ensure justice and protection for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, vehicular manslaughter, and other incidents of violent crime. Recognized as a key contributor to the foundational work of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force in southern California, Heidi helped establish vibrant partnerships between local and federal law enforcement, social services, community-based agencies, and the faith community. Heidi and her team brought divergent missions and goals together in creative ways to engage the community, educate the public, leverage resources, and support survivors.

Heidi holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in counseling, and currently works as a consultant.

Our immediate needs are for prayer and financial support.

In July 2018, the first pilot launches, providing services to over 25 trauma victims with individual and group therapy sessions. The budget needed until June 2019 is $200,000. The yearly budget for the next phase is under review.



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provides 10 to 12 clients a set of group therapy sessions


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According to the American Psychological Association, “trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer-term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives.”

Trauma also causes post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental health condition caused by exposure to a frightening experience or traumatic event, such as physical or sexual assault, the unexpected death of a loved one, war, natural disaster, or an accident. PTSD comes about when severely stressful events overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope. Their normal responses of shock, anger, fear, guilt, and anxiety do not dissipate over time and can become so intense that they inhibit everyday activities. PTSD can develop in anyone following a traumatic incident. []

The trauma experienced by human trafficking victims can have a profound negative impact on their functionality, behavior, and self-identity. [National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), Trauma-Informed Human Trafficking Screenings, Sept. 2015] As reported by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, “anxiety, depression, PTSD are usually common in human trafficking or Online Sexual Exploitation of Children victims.” [UNODC, Anti-human trafficking manual for criminal justice practitioners, Module 3, page 8]

If left untreated, trauma and its effects will prevent a person from coping with the ordinary demands of life and reintegrating into society, and could compromise future efforts to recover from the trauma.

Traumatic stress rearranges the wiring in the areas of the brain that govern pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. Early childhood trauma impairs relational ability and social functioning. [Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D., author of the best-selling book the Body Keeps the Score.]

Each day, trauma happens to many people around the world. Individuals suffering from trauma need access to treatment and intervention that are effective and accessible, regardless of their socioeconomic status.

At Restore CFS, we believe that healing and restoration are always possible. While trauma leads to disconnections within the brain, there are, according to trauma expert Dr. Norman Doidge, “exciting new approaches that allow people with the severest forms of trauma to put all the parts back together again.” [Norman Doidge, M.D., Author, The Brain That Changes Itself.]

To serve underprivileged individuals and their families who are suffering from trauma, Restore CFS’s intervention and treatment model (1) is evidence-based, trauma-informed, and client-centered assessment; and (2) provides wraparound services.


We provide evidence-based, trauma-informed services that are tailored to the strength and needs of each individual and their family. Our trauma assessment and intervention models are based on clinical research and best practices used by leading trauma-informed agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This innovative assessment model encompasses the whole spectrum of the victim’s well-being, including physical, emotional, and psychological, to determine the necessary treatment and intervention plan. Restore CFS uses clinically proven treatment options such as conventional therapy and counseling, somatic therapies, psychodrama, meditation, dance, and play. Other interventions could include shelter placement, reintegration, or immediate family/kinship reunification.

Our team is composed of excellent psychologists, psychiatrists, medical professionals, behavioral specialist, social workers, parent partners, and para-professionals trained on our model.


We engage with our clients holistically to ensure their successful restoration and recovery. We involve their families, local community, government actors, and key stakeholders to wrap as many services and supports around the client as possible.

This approach has been used to great effect by Santa Clara County mental and behavioral service providers to treat trauma victims and survivors, and mental health clients.

According to UNICEF, 80 percent of Filipino youth suffer violence, and 1 in 3 children experience physical violence, with more than half of this happening at home.

Metro Cebu has been plagued by human trafficking, specifically Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC), which allows perpetrators to take advantage of the secrecy allowed by the internet and is harder for law enforcement to detect or track. Victims are often as young as infants and toddlers, who experience more complex physical and psychological harm. From 2016 to early 2018, 80 victims of online sexual exploitation have been rescued in the Metro Cebu area. Seventy-two of the victims, or 90 percent, were minors below the age of eighteen. The breakdown of the minor victims are as follows:

AGES : < 1 1 - 5 6 - 8 9 - 11 12 - 15 15 - 17
#OF VICTIMS : 2 15 17 13 12 13

The primary government agency tasked with the care and treatment of OSEC victims and survivors in Metro Cebu is the Philippines’ Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Region 7 Office, which partners with accredited non-government organizations (NGOs). Currently, there are 99 registered NGOs and foundations in Metro Cebu, none of which provide assessment and treatment for persons suffering from trauma. The majority of programs and services focus on basic needs such as shelter, food, education, vocational training, and spiritual and moral guidance.

In addition, the existing assessment and treatment model for OSEC or human trafficking victims in Metro Cebu does not adequately meet the needs of those below the age of fifteen.