The Aiken, South Carolina based non-profit, Children’s Place Inc., received a $743,000 grant from the Duke Endowment program to implement the evidenced-based SafeCare model to help at risk-families.
Dr. Shannon Self-Brown, professor and co-director of the National SafeCare Training and Research Center housed in the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health, recently visited Aiken to kick off the training.
“SafeCare is a program that’s delivered to parents 0-5 years and he goal is really to improve the trajectories of children who may have some risk in their lives for one reason or another,” Dr. Self-Brown says.
The SafeCare program, which has already proven to be successful in 27 states and 8 different countries, focuses on three main target areas: improvement of the parent/ child relationship, home safety and management of common child illnesses and injuries.
“The SafeCare curriculum could benefit any parent,” Dr. Self-Brown says. “But generally speaking, around the country, when we’re implemented, it’s with parents who have some sort of risk factor. It could be poverty. It could be that they’re a single parent, that they’re a young parent, that they have numerous children under 5 years of age. It could be that the parent has struggled with some mental health issues or some substance abuse issues.”
Children’s Place Inc. Executive Director Peggy Ford believes SafeCare is manageable for families.
“Our whole goal is to bring lots of community people together to surround vulnerable children and families and those vulnerable children and families could be any of us at any point in time,” Ford says.
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