Recognizing the effect domestic violence has on children, the Beacon Center, has based its “Hugs & Love” Children’s Program on providing a non-threatening environment in which children grow and thrive. With the parent/guardian’s permission, advocates assist with evaluating their needs and providing a safe space for them to talk about their experiences. Advocates work with children individually and in group settings. The “Hugs & Love” Children’s Center provides childcare while mothers attend education sessions and support groups. The program has a strong emphasis on teaching children how to be safe from violence and provides alternatives to violent behaviors.
Program Eligibility: The “Hugs & Love” Children’s Center is for children ages 0-17 that are residents of the Domestic Abuse Council, Inc. shelter
To Access the Program: The shelter parent/guardian will be informed of how to access the program during case management sessions.
Location: The Domestic Abuse Council, Inc.’s Emergency Shelter Program.
Duration: Length of service is dependent on the time the family spends in the shelter.
Cost: There are no fees for the “Hugs & Love” Children’s Center.