October is domestic violence awareness month. Domestic violence not only affects those who are abused but also has a substantial effect on family members and the community at large. Children who grow up witnessing domestic violence are among those seriously affected by this crime. Frequent exposure to violence in the home not only predisposes children to numerous social and physical problems but also teaches them that violence is a normal way of life, increasing their risk of becoming society's next generation of victims and abusers.

At Place of Hope, our neighborhood-style foster care has family cottages that demonstrate a safe, stable and loving family model for children until they attain permanency or are of age to live independently. Our proven, effective model employs professionally trained live-in Cottage Parents caring for no more than six children in each cottage. They devote their full time, talents, and energies to the children, creating a stable and structured traditional family setting. This promotes skills and social development, preparing children for life’s challenges and independence.

To contribute to this loving family model, you can donate at placeofhope.com/donate.