Safe from the Start, works with a coalition of advocates, law enforcement officials, educators, and social service providers. This program has offered direct services to children ages 0-5 and their families who have been exposed to violence within southern Madison County since July 2001. A full-time Program Therapist provides individual, group, and family therapy to children and their non-offending caregivers. Art, verbal, and play therapy are used with very young children exposed to violence. In July 2007, Tri-Cities Safe from the Start expanded their service area to include all of Madison County. This program receives referrals from early childhood agencies, professionals, and community agencies which identify children who have experienced trauma as a result of being exposed to violence. The Program Advocate shares responsibility for coalition activities, case management, provides parenting education for the non-offending caregivers, public awareness activities, and oversees the daily activities of the program.
Safe from the Start offers direct services to children ages 0-5 and their families in Madison County who have been exposed to violence. The program team consists of a Program Coordinator/Therapist, a Certified Art Therapist, and a Case Manager that provide individual, group, and family therapy, case management, and supportive services to children and their non-offending caregivers. The program also offers free parenting classes and public education to the community.