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Safe & Sound is a nationally-recognized children’s advocacy organization with evidence-based programming that reduces child abuse and strengthens families. We seek to end child abuse in our community within two generations (50 years). We believe every child should grow up safe, protected, and loved. Join us: www.safeandsound.org.
Child abuse is a complex problem that affects all of us. It is an invisible epidemic that occurs in every zip code in our country. However, because of systemic racism and socio-economic factors, children of color are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system, separated from their families, and placed in foster care.
The physical, mental, and emotional effects of child abuse last long after they have occurred. The social costs of child abuse are profound as well, with an estimated economic burden on California alone totaling $26.3 billion each year in costs of child welfare, education, criminal justice, health care, and loss of productivity.
Every year, we reach more than 12,000 children, parents, and child-serving adults in San Francisco. The individual families we serve are primarily living in poverty or extreme poverty; the vast majority are families of color; many prefer to speak another language other than English; most are single parents and parenting very young children; and, an overwhelming number suffer trauma and have experienced childhood abuse or current domestic violence.
We serve families and the community by establishing trust, building relationships, nurturing healing, and striving for equity. We see a future for safe children, strong families, and sound communities.
Every day, we do our work by:
Safe & Sound is a leader in data-driven policies and programs with national recognition.
We are proud to be part of a county-wide effort that has reduced the rate of confirmed child abuse cases by 65% over the past 15 years.