One of many ways to prevent child abuse and neglect is to have in place caring collaborations throughout the community. In its role as Orange County’s Child Abuse Council, The Raise Foundation collaborates with diverse organizations, agencies, businesses, and schools to help strengthen families. One such group is Human Options, whose mission is to provide a safe haven for abused women and their children. Through life-changing programs they help families rebuild their lives. In so doing, Human Options works with the community to break the cycle of domestic violence.
Founded in 1981, the program continues to grow and currently includes a 24-Hour Hotline (877) 854-3594, an Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, Center for Children and Families, and Community Education Programs which provide free trainings on a variety of topics relating to domestic violence and abuse.
Currently they are involved in five of the 15 county-funded Family Resource Centers (FRCs) in Orange County which in themselves are collaborations between several organizations like The Raise Foundation. Human Options is the lead agency in both Costa Mesa FRC and Minnie Street FRC and is a funded partner at Corbin FRC, South Orange County FRC, and CHEC FRC.
“Our role within those FRCs is to provide services that aim at maintaining healthy family bond behaviors,” explained Minnie Street FRC Site Supervisor Claudia Flores. One such service they provide is a Children Empowerment Group for minors ages 6-11. The youth are provided a safe place to discuss topics like safety, family, self-esteem, and expression of emotions while incorporating arts and crafts. This group also engages parents by providing them with information about healthy parent-child relationships in order to better strengthen their families.
When Child Abuse Prevention Month comes around each April, Human Options is once again there for families as it coordinates and hosts family bonding events and resource fairs at the FRC sites. They also continually provide valuable parenting information to the families they serve internally in their Residential Care Program and the Center for Children and Families.
The success of the partnership between The Raise Foundation and Human Options lies in their shared dedication to create an even more mindful community and their commitment to working together in identifying the connections between child abuse and domestic violence.
“Being intentional about looking for the intersections of child abuse and domestic violence is allowing us to best serve families at the FRCs and to bring awareness and prevention efforts to the communities we work with,” notes Flores.
If you or anyone you know is facing issues relating to domestic violence, you are encouraged to contact Human Options. Also, be sure to put the 24-Hour Hotline number in your phone: (877) 854-3594. For more information, please visit: http://humanoptions.org/.