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The following statistics are based on our 2016-2017 fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).
Residential Group Care
- A total of 111 girls and boys, ages 8– 17, received full-time care and treatment services at five safe, home-like group homes located in Boca Raton, Lake Worth and West Palm Beach. Clients not only came from Palm Beach County, but from 14 other districts in the state, including as far as the Panhandle.
- This year, the agency saw an increase in the number of clients served with greater levels of trauma. The agency responded with an increased focus and effort in training our staff to work with this increasingly challenging population. All of our residential clinical staff attended and began certification in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) an evidence-based practice that will be a valuable tool in helping them to better work with this population.
- With the more severe trauma seen this past year, we saw a reduction in our average length of stay as some of the children required placement at a higher level of care. Consistently we have seen that when the children we serve are able to remain in our homes for greater than six months there is a greater likelihood of success.
- In this fiscal year, there were 26 planned client discharges, with the client stepping down to a lower level of care (either to another residential program or clients can be reunified with family members, age out, be adopted by a foster family, or be placed with a foster or group home). 20 of these clients were in HomeSafe’s care for at least six months and completed 75% of their treatment plan goals.
- Our LifeSkills program is provided to all clients living in residential group care. Twice a week, clients attend group trainings that provide them with the knowledge and tools they will need for independent living – keeping a clean room, personal hygiene, shopping & cooking, how to do laundry, educational planning, using community services, and applying for a job. Clients are tested pre and post-trainings. This year’s post-assessment average was 80%.
- 100% of our clients attended appointments for their annual dental, vision and medical check-ups.
- On the last day of school, of the 35 clients in our residential program, 94% of them were promoted to the next grade level.
- 82% of the total residential population that attended school throughout the fiscal year maintained an 80% attendance rate for the school year.
- 453 adults, teens and children either received limited services or were enrolled in SafetyNet's weekly therapeutic support groups and individual therapy for victims of domestic violence.
- 82% of adult and teen clients demonstrated an increase in adaptive coping and resiliency skills as evidenced by pre- and post-assessment.
- 80% of participants completed the program. The average length of participation in the program is 4-6 months.
- A teen client of the program, Karla, was awarded a $500 college scholarship by the Domestic Violence Council of Palm Beach County. She was nominated by SafetyNet staff for her character, diligence and hard work in school and at home, despite being a witness to domestic violence for many years.
- Volunteers and interns are an invaluable resource for the SafetyNet program. This past year, we had four interns from a variety of schools – FAU, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Barry University. These interns volunteer 10-12 hours a week and provide assistance for all aspects of the program.
- Our nine regular SafetyNet volunteers assist in preparing and serving meals to our children and teens prior to their group therapy sessions. They also provide childcare to the children under six years of age while their parent and siblings attend their support groups.
- Our hospital liaisons visited 14,723 new moms before they were discharged from the hospital. Helpful information about post-partum depression, bonding, and child development were provided.
- The agency provided 126 portable cribs for free to parents in need to ensure their child had a safe place to sleep. Along with the cribs, each family received educational material to help inform them of the practices of safe sleep. Additionally, 32 free car seats and instructions on how to install them properly, were provided to families in need.
- 3,354 families were referred for services to ensure their children had what they needed to thrive.
- 291 clients completed the Growing Smart program - a voluntary, two-year program that teaches parents about developmental stages and provides parenting tips. A child’s development is monitored by the developmental support specialist who will provide a referral, should a concern be discovered.
- More than 6,494 children were screened by HomeSafe for their behavioral and social/emotional health to ensure they are kindergarten ready. Healthy Beginnings conducts free developmental assessments for all children under the age of five throughout Palm Beach County.