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Safe Start Aurora

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $250,000)

The Safe Start Promising Approaches Project will develop and support practice enhancements and innovations to prevent and reduce the impact of children's exposure to violence in their homes and communities. The project will help communities implement collaborative and evidence-based practices across the services continuum for children and their families. Exposure to violence includes being a victim of violence or a witness to violence, and encompasses abuse, neglect or child maltreatment, domestic violence, and community violence. This program is authorized by Sections 261 and 262 of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended (42 USC 5665-5666).

Safe Start- Aurora (SS-A) will provide mental health treatment to Latino families who have experienced traumatic events while expanding the evidence base with regard to best practice for trauma-informed, mental health treatment with this population. SS-A will provide comprehensive training to staff in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). The relative effectiveness of interventions will be assessed with regard to family engagement and retention, child and family mental health outcomes, and parental capacity to use supportive emotion communication skills as part of treatment.


Date Created: September 12, 2010