Children's Program

Recognizing the effect that domestic violence has on children, the Domestic Abuse Council has based its “Hugs & Love” Children’s Program on providing a non-threatening environment in which children grow and thrive. With the parent/guardian’s permission, advocates assist with evaluating a child's needs and providing a safe space for them to talk about their experiences.

Advocates work with children individually and in group settings. The Hugs & Love Children’s Center provides childcare while mothers attend education sessions and support groups. The program has a strong emphasis on teaching children how to be safe from violence and provides alternatives to violent behaviors.

  • Program Eligibility: The Hugs & Love Children’s Center is for children ages 0-17 that are residents of Domestic Abuse Council's emergency shelter.
  • To Access the Program: The shelter parent/guardian will be informed of how to access the program during case management sessions.
  • Location: Domestic Abuse Council's Emergency Shelter Program.
  • Duration: Length of service is dependent on the time the family spends in the shelter.
  • Cost: There are no fees for the Hugs & Love Children’s Center. 

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