Safe Place Program
Safe Place is a national outreach and prevention program for youth in crisis. Adult & Child is the Safe Place Coordinator for Marion, Morgan and Johnson Counties and has partnered with local business and organizations to provide youth immediate safety and access to supportive resources.
For immediate assistance call 317-275-8840.
This hotline is for youth, ages 10-17, who are at risk of abuse, neglect or serious family problems. If you are an adult in need of help, call Crisis Support at 877-882-5122.
How Safe Place Works
A young person (age 10-17) enters a Safe Place site and asks for a Safe Place representative. Example, “I need help from Safe Place.”
The site employee finds a comfortable place for the Safe Place visitor to wait while they call Adult & Child, the licensed agency for Marion, Morgan and Johnson counties.
Within 1 hour, a qualified Safe Place volunteer or Adult & Child staff member will arrive and show ID, then to talk to the youth. Upon initial assessment, the Safe Place visitor will be connected to a licensed Safe Place shelter or any other necessary resources. Adult & Child partners with the following shelters: Firefly, Blossom House, YSB Monroe.
Once at the shelter, staff will meet with the youth and provide support, ensuring the youth and their families receive the help, resources and professional services they need.
Support for Safe Place Sites
As a site employee, you play a very important role in helping a young person resolve a crisis. If a teen or child enters your place of employment seeking help or safety, it is critical that every employee recognizes what is happening and is prepared to respond.
Safe Place sites in Marion, Morgan and Johnson counties can contact Adult & Child Youth Development and Safe Place Coordinator Sarah Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with the following:
- On-Site Training / Training Requirements
- Safe Place Signs, Posters, Brochures
- Compliance Questions
The Community Impact of Safe Place
Community Benefits of Safe Place
- Youth can access help before their situation becomes a crisis.
- Safe Place provides opportunities for unique partnerships and collaborations between businesses and social service entities.
- The program is part of a national effort, providing a broad safety net for youth.
- Children and teens have easy access to help when and where they need it.
- Having a Safe Place program in place sends a powerful message that young people are valued.
Become a Safe Place Site
Safe Place sites are businesses and other public locations designated by a licensed Safe Place agency as “safe places” for youth to go when in crisis situations. The licensed agency for Marion, Johnson and Morgan counties is Adult & Child. Click here to find a list of Safe Place site requirements set by the National Safe Place Network (NSPN).
Organizations in Marion, Morgan and/or Johnson counties that are interested in becoming a Safe Place can reach to Adult & Child Youth Development and Safe Place Coordinator Sarah Wallace at email@example.com or Adult & Child Youth Development Team Leader Caitlen Brandt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poster Contest for Youth Ages 10-17
Show your creativity and design your own version of a Safe Place poster for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card!
Deadline to Enter: March 15
Voting: March 18-22
Winner Announced: March 25
Follow Adult & Child on Facebook and Instagram to vote for your favorite!