Women In Safe Homes (WISH) will expand and modify existing services for our Child and Family Services program to increase counseling, parenting education, family advocacy, and victim services to non-abusing parents/caregivers and their children in Southern Southeast Alaska. This program will provide services to non-abusing parents/caregivers and their children who experience violence and are currently underserved in the project area. To the extent possible, The Child and Family Services program will provide services in the home and community, and without prior stipulation that the family receiving family services need to be referred through the Office of Children Services after child removal. Services will be available to non-abusing parents and program participation will be highly encouraged prior to the escalation of violence to the point of child removal.
The program will be available to the residents of Southern Southeast Alaska, a geographically remote and incredibly isolated network of communities that are only accessible by boat and airplane. The area is on the traditional lands of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people and include Tribal citizens of Ketchikan Indian Community, Metlakatla Indian Community, and Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.