The District of Columbia Childrens Advocacy Center Overview
Programs: afe Shores—The DC Children’s Advocacy Center offers a variety of resources to support child and adolescent victims in crisis. Be it food from the Meal Fund, outfits from the Clothing Closet, or a new car booster seat for a toddler through the Emergency Victims Crisis Fund, the purpose of the Victim Services/Assistance Program is to ensure that the immediate basic needs of child victims and their families are met. Disbursement of emergency funds from any of our programs is at the discretion of Safe Shores. Awards are made according to need and resource availability. Our goal is not to duplicate the services that are already in place, but rather, to fill the gaps that may arise from an overwhelmed system. Only child victims already involved in the social service system who have been referred to Safe Shores by a Team Member Agency are eligible to utilize the Victim Services Program.
The Victim Services Programs at Safe Shores include:
- The Clothing Closet
- The Meal Fund
- The Emergency Child & Adolescent Victim Crisis Fund (EVCF)
To ensure the safety, health and well-being of abused and traumatized children in the District of Columbia by uniting the strengths of public, private and community partners.Through its child-friendly facility and multidisciplinary team approach, Safe Shores coordinates the work of medical and mental health providers, social services professionals, victim advocates, law enforcement, and prosecution officials to reduce trauma and promote healing for child victims of abuse. The goals of Safe Shores include the following: To minimize the trauma experienced by children and adolescents who have been identified as victims of sexual or physical abuse; To improve the investigation and prosecution of sexual and physical abuse cases from the point of intervention through to treatment and healing; To promote inter-agency collaboration for effective decision making and management of sexual and physical abuse cases; To prevent further and/or future abuse of child victims; To provide training to professionals in the field of investigation, prosecution and provision of services for sexually and physically abused children, adolescents, and their non-offending caretakers.