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. 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.
Programs: Clinical services program: safe shores believes that children affected by sexual and physical abuse need comprehensive evaluation and treatment, and that these vital specialized services should be accessible regardless of ability to pay. Therefore, our clinical services program provides assessment and treatment services to children free of charge. We do not require, request, or accept payments of any kind, including out-of-pocket payments or insurance payments. For fy14, the clinical services program (formerly therapy program) provided 1,147 therapy sessions to 101 children, and provided 859 consultations with parents/caregivers.
victim services program: safe shores offers a variety of resources to support children and families in crisis who have been referred to safe shores by a mdt member agency. For fy14, safe shores was accessed by 1,835 times by clients with the following emergency needs: 1,783 meals/snacks distributed and 460 "take care" (clothing) bags distributed. Additionally, 107 children and their families benefitted from emergency victim crisis funds.
mdt program: safe shores provides a place where public and private agencies charged with responding to child abuse can 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 (mpd), office of the attorney general for the district of columbia (oag), united states attorney's office for the district of columbia (usao), child and family services agency (cfsa), children's national medical center (cnmc), and safe shores.
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!