For over 26 years, Safe Shores' child-friendly approach has ensured that children traumatized by abuse have a safe and welcoming place, their voices are heard, their needs are placed first. It provides a compassionate, comprehensive approach to child victims: sensitive forensic interviews and evaluations, a supervised playroom for kids awaiting interviews, new clothes and toiletries, meals, and funds for emergency needs. The model also includes training for partner agencies and volunteers, prevention training for adults, and mental health assessment and treatment. During the pandemic, an untold number of children spent months in isolation with their abusers. While reports of suspected abuse fell dramatically, parental stress and economic instability increased the risk factors. Now, Safe Shores anticipates a spike in reports of youth who have experienced long-term exposure to abuse and may require more intensive and lengthier support. No child should go through this alone.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 6
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide
Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic
Awards & Recognition
2020: Awarded the Nonprofit Village's annual Impact Award for a large non-profit.
- The current budget for Safe Shores-The DC Children's Advocacy Center is: $3 million or higher
- $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
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