Featured Study: The Family Advocacy Program
With funding from New Beginnings in Seattle WA (through a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant), Dr. Katie Gregory is Examining the Impact of Family Advocacy on The Resiliency of Children Whose Mothers Have Been Abused by Current or Former Intimate Partners. The Family Advocacy Program is a family-centered intervention designed to provide intensive support and advocacy services to children and their mothers who have experienced domestic abuse in the prior 6 months. The goal of the program is to positively influence those factors that will reduce the negative effects of abuse on children’s lives, and enhance their resiliency. To this end, highly trained and supervised staff assist children and their mothers in numerous ways for a period of eight weeks after they have moved to a new, safe location.
Explore the community with the family, identifying resources and supports that can enhance the family’s social and economic well-being.
Identify the child(ren)’s strengths, interests, and skills, and then link them to activities and opportunities that will showcase their skills and interests.
Explore the child(ren)’s school together, and coach mothers (as needed) in interacting with school personnel to receive desired services and enhance their child(ren)’s academic achievement
Connect with at least one supportive person in each child’s life and build that relationship so that a natural mentor exists for each child
Build on family strengths, and repaid any damage done to the mother-child bond as a result of the abuse.
Family Safety Planning
Watch this mini doc about a community-based, collaborative research project led by Dr. Katie Gregory and colleagues.
Duration: 4 minutes