Volunteers of America (VOA)
Home Free Individual Advocacy & Support Groups for Children and Teens
Home Free's Child and Youth Advocacy Services are pleased to be an on-site partner at the Gateway Center. Home Free's mission is to assist adults and children surviving domestic violence move not just towards safety, but towards freedom and all that the word "home" suggests.
The team offers individual and group services for children and teens exposed to batterers in their homes/relationships, and parenting support for adult survivors. Staff can meet with participants at the Gateway Center or provide home visits, according to their needs and preferences.
Safe Spaces Support Groups for children ages 4-11 and groups for teens are offered at the Gateway Center. Groups meet weekly for 12 sessions and provide the opportunity to gain information, skills and emotional support that will help children and teens move forward from their experiences with family violence.
Home Free advocates can also assist with housing, employment, police response, restraining orders, and child welfare issues. They operate a crisis line weekdays 8am-6 pm. Home Free provides training sessions and presentations to volunteers and the community and "healthy relationships" presentations in area middle and high schools. All of their services are free, flexible, and individualized, and driven by survivors' needs and goals.
Volunteers of America provides drop-in child care located at the Gateway Center for participants who are coming to the center for domestic violence services. Child care will be closely supervised by staff who have experience and training working with children.
More about Volunteers of America, Oregon:
Volunteers of America of Oregon provides a range of supportive and empowering services to our area's most vulnerable populations: at-risk youth, victims of abuse, recovering addicts, frail elderly and others who are seeking services. Volunteers of America works with the community to rebuild whole lives so that people can reach their full potential. VOA's passion for finding innovative solutions to the community's social problems is conducted through their three main areas of programs:
Children, family and seniors
- Addiction prevention and treatment
For more information, visit their website at http://www.voaor.org/
Children are born ready to learn
Children learn most from the people they love
Parents and families are children’s first and most important teachers
There is nothing more important to a child’s development than the parent-child relationship
Impact NW’s Domestic Violence Services work to reduce the negative effects of domestic violence on children by strengthening the parent-child relationship.
Our Domestic Violence Services Include: Parent Child Involvement Project (PChIP):
Parent-Child Involvement Project (PChIP) With a focus on children ages 0 to 12 – and their siblings, this project provides emotional support, parenting skills education, developmental guidance, advocacy and assistance in creating safe and stable homes and communities.
Parent-Child Support Home and community based therapeutic services for families. Parent-Child Specialists offer in home support generally centered around therapeutic play, art and other child focused activities intended to heal the parent-child relationship and problems associated with child exposure to violence. Services can also include additional forms of support, such as: restraining order attainment and court attendance, help navigating child welfare, school support including IEPs, safety planning, some crisis management, collaboration with other service providers, etc.
Mom Power Parent Child groups for safe parents and children, intended to create supportive communities for mothers and children, provide education and support around parenting and domestic violence, build the mother-child relationship, and develop positive social skills for children.
In order to qualify for PChIP services, families must: Have experienced domestic violence (physical, verbal and/or emotional forms of abuse) Have at least one child between the ages of 0-12 Not be living with the abusive person PChIP services are free of charge and do not require insurance, billing or diagnoses. Service goals are established collaboratively with families, including length of involvement and desired outcomes. All services are voluntary and confidential.
Safe Start The Safe Start program design is based on the idea that the safety, stability and physical and mental health of children are best supported by the safety, stability and physical and mental health of a non-abusing parent. This program offers home-based parent-child therapeutic services to survivors of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)/Domestic Violence (DV) with children between the ages of 0-12 . Co-Located at the Gresham DHS Child Welfare Branch, all client referrals come from Gresham DHS staff and co-located Safe Start program partners.
This program is generously funded by the Multnomah County Domestic Violence Coordinator’s Office.
For more information please visit the website http://impactnw.org/ or contact:
Meg Wills Early Childhood Program Manager firstname.lastname@example.org 503-988-5961 x256