Our Successes

We’re dedicated to creating safer, more productive lives for infants, children, young adults, and families through our comprehensive programs.

The following statistics are based on our 2018-2019 fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).

Residential Group Care

  • A total of 101 girls and boys, ages 7– 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 18 other districts in the state, including as far as the Panhandle.
  • The agency continues to serve clients who have greater levels of trauma. Consistently we have seen that when the children we serve are able to remain in our homes for more than six months, there is  greater likelihood of success. In this fiscal year, there were 67 client discharges.
    • 18 stepped down to another program or aged out
    • 27 moved to a lateral program or higher level of care. (We serve children at the least restrictive level possible. After being placed at HomeSafe, it is sometimes discovered that a client needs a more restrictive program to help them with their needs).
    • 13 moved to a foster home or were adopted
    • 9 were reunified with their family
  • 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.
  • On the last day of school, of the 35 clients in our residential program, 100% of them were promoted to the next grade level.
  • 81% of the total residential population that attended school throughout the fiscal year maintained an 80% attendance rate for the school year.

 

SafetyNet

  • 335  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. Of those, 112 adult, 31 teen and 37 child clients enrolled in group and/or individual therapy and successfully completed the program. 47 children were provided on-site childcare services by our volunteers while their parents and older siblings attended group.
  • 88% of adult and teen clients demonstrated an increase in adaptive coping and resiliency skills as evidenced by pre- and post-assessment.
  • 98% of clients indicated “satisfaction” with program services in their quarterly client satisfaction surveys.
  • A teen client of the program, Joanna, was awarded a $750 college scholarship by the Domestic Violence Council of Palm Beach County for college expenses at Palm Beach State College. The scholarship was awarded based on her essay about her personal challenges in confronting family violence.
  • Volunteers and interns are an invaluable resource for the SafetyNet program. This past year, we had five interns from Florida Atlantic University and Barry University. These interns volunteer 10-12 hours a week and helped co-facilitate groups and provided supervised individual therapy to clients.
  • Our 11 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 five years of age while their parent and siblings attend their support groups.

 

Healthy Beginnings

  • Our hospital liaisons visited 14,539 new moms before they were discharged from the hospital and provided them information about post-partum depression, bonding, and child development.
  • The agency provided 209 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.
  • 269 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 1,924 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.
  • Maternity hospitals in our county were educated on becoming “Safe Sleep Certified” which is special recognition for demonstrating leadership for best practices and education on infant sleep safety. West Boca Medical Center was the first to become certified.
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