SAFE Futures provides resources to build safe, resilient, and supportive environments where parents and their children can grow together. The program, formerly called Prevention Advocacy, helps break cycles of abuse and instability, reduce stress, improve the strength and safety of the home, and keep families together and thriving.
SAFE Futures resources include:
- Child abuse and family violence prevention
- Positive and protective parenting
- Domestic violence education
- Case management
- Evidence-based services for fathers
- Support for survivors of domestic violence and their children
- Training and education around systems change
- Assistance with housing, mental health, and other issues affecting well-being and stability
- Specialized services for survivors with children involved in Child Protective Services (CPS)
For more information about the SAFE Futures, contact the SAFEline hotline at 512.267.7233 (SAFE) or email [email protected]
Project HOPES (Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Support) is a community-wide, evidence-based child abuse prevention program offered through a partnership of SAFE, Any Baby Can, Easter Seals, United Way, and Community Sync.
Its mission is to strengthen families through early intervention and targeted education programs so every child can stay in their home. Project HOPES provides intensive home visitation, parent and fatherhood education, and support to families with children up to 5 years old across central Texas.
Project HOPES Specialists
In association with Project HOPES, Fatherhood Specialists work in one-on-one or group settings with fathers and father figures to promote discussion and education around positive parenting, self-care, and relationship skills. Fatherhood Specialists also provide workshops on a variety of topics to engage fathers with their vital role in the family.
Domestic Violence Specialist
The Project HOPES Counselor works with families in homes where there is a risk for, or history of, violence. The specialist works to decrease contributing factors of domestic violence, assist with crisis intervention, and support family members through in-home counseling for family violence survivors and their children. Workshops and support groups are offered based on the needs of Project HOPES participants and the community.
Classes for Adults
Positive Protective Parenting classes
These classes are for Austin-area adults who have been served by SAFE or referred by Child Protective Services (CPS), local courts, and other agencies. Topics include:
- Assessing current strengths and areas for growth
- Setting limits and boundaries
- Sexual abuse and sexual abuse prevention
- Protective strategies
- Problem solving
- Skills to build resiliency
Domestic Violence 101
This class is for Austin-area adults who have been served by SAFE or referred by Child Protective Services (CPS), local courts, and other agencies. Topics covered include:
- Definitions of domestic violence
- The effects of domestic violence on children
- Power and control dynamics
- Safety planning
- How to access needed resources
In 2012, SafePlace, a program of SAFE, along with other community groups and organizations provided leadership, best practice guidelines, and recommendations to the state of Texas regarding the cross-section of domestic violence and child abuse. Project SAFE (Survivors Are Fundamental to the Equation) is a pilot program that was created based on Senate Bill 434 recommendations. The charge of Project SAFE is to promote child safety by enhancing competency and practice around family violence. The safety of parents who are victims of domestic violence is intertwined with the safety and well-being of their children.
Project SAFE’s main function is to enhance competency among the Child Protective Services (CPS) staff in our region and among domestic violence programs, building stronger networks between the two. The Project SAFE pilot program proposal focused on three different areas of recommendations that were made in 2012 from Senate Bill 434:
- Review, Assess, and Enhance Current Protocol, Policy, and Practice
- Implementation and training
- Community collaboration