Mission: Safe shores provides intervention, hope and healing for children and families affected by abuse, trauma and violence in the district of columbia, and prevents child abuse through education and training.
Programs: Clinical services: through its clinical services program safe shores provides trauma-focused treatment services to child victims of abuse and their families free of charge. During fy 2017, the clinical services program provided 1,357 therapy sessions to 177 children and provided 1,433 consultations with parents/caregivers.
family advocacy: through its family advocacy services program safe shores offers tailored support and a variety of resources to children and families in crisis. In fy 2017, safe shores served 1,805 child victims of abuse and their siblings. This included providing over 2,111 meals and snacks; 400 new clothing items and "take-care" bags to children; and emergency financial and local travel assistance to 244 children and families.
forensic services: safe shores forensic services program coordinates and conducts neutral, fact-finding and developmentally-appropriate (forensic) interviews with children affected by abuse and child witnesses to violence on behalf of fellow multidisciplinary team member agencies. The goal of forensic interviews is to ensure that children's voices are heard and to minimize the number of times a child must recount any incident of abuse. Forensic services also supports multidisciplinary team collaboration, updating protocols and ensuring best practices. In fy 2017, 713 forensic interviews were conducted at safe shores.
mdt program: safe shores provides a place where public and private agencies charged with responding to child abuse come together to share information, gather facts and assist child victims and their families using a multidisciplinary team (mdt) approach. The mdt consists of the metropolitan police department, office of the attorney general for the district of columbia, the united states attorney's office for the district of columbia, child and family services agency, children's national medical center, and safe shores. Prevention program: safe shores works to prevent child abuse and to protect the health and safety of children by increasing awareness, conducting prevention training and fostering community partnerships.
Safe Shores is THE BEST charity I've ever volunteered for - they are passionate, effective, efficient, and incredibly good at what they do. They focus not only on helping children, but PREVENTING child abuse. I can't say enough about their mission, and Safe Shores as an organization. Run, don't walk, and support Safe Shores today!