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NCFH OJJDP 2010 Safe Start

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $250,000)

The Safe Start Promising Approaches Project will develop and support practice enhancements and innovations to prevent and reduce the impact of children's exposure to violence in their homes and communities. The project will help communities implement collaborative and evidence-based practices across the services continuum for children and their families. Exposure to violence includes being a victim of violence or a witness to violence, and encompasses abuse, neglect or child maltreatment, domestic violence, and community violence. This program is authorized by Sections 261 and 262 of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended (42 USC 5665-5666).

The National Center on Family Homelessness, in partnership with the University of Maryland's Family-Informed Trauma Treatment Center and the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, will implement "START with Kids" (Shelter-based, Traumainformed Assessment, Referral and Treatment), a comprehensive approach to providing trauma-informed, clinically-driven care for children in homeless shelters. This intervention is designed to enhance the capacity of homeless service providers to assess, refer and support the children in their programs; expand collaboration among the shelters and the community; adapt and implement a clinically-based intervention; and solidify best practices for serving children within the homeless service system in Worcester and beyond.


Date Created: September 12, 2010