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Emina Delić has worked at the WCA for 23 years—19 of those in a management role overseeing the victim service program Emina photochildcare. Her team supports clients by offering childcare services both at the downtown office and at the shelter campus. The childcare at the shelter is fully-licensed; clients may be off-site while their children are in childcare. However, they must remain on-site when utilizing the unlicensed downtown childcare location. Clients of the WCA may have experienced chaotic, unpredictable households. The cycle of violence that perpetuates domestic abuse may create an environment in which the abused and their children are constantly in “survival mode.” According to Emina, “When you are in survival mode, with all of the trauma and the effects that trauma has on the brain, not having support may stop you from being able to move forward.”


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Childcare service is a crucial component in the healing process for clients with children. Without a safe place to depend on for childcare, clients are not able to focus their attention on the healing and planning that needs to be done. Emina, a mother of two, agrees that this service is essential to provide some relief to the clients. “I know if I would have had to leave my kids somewhere, and if I didn’t know that they were going to be safe, I would not be able to focus and relax or really be in problem-solving mode or planning for the future,” she says.

The WCA childcare team is constantly in dialogue with the parents. They invite the parent to come observe the interacting and playing with the children, relay strategies and methods that they have been using, and work to give the family ideas that they can try in their own homes. “We’re not just looking at today and tomorrow,” says Emina. “We’re looking to give resources to the families so that they’re ready to move out and have the tools to do so.” In Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) meetings, the childcare team comes together with case managers, clinicians, and shelter staff to share updates and insights, and provide support for each other. “It’s where everything comes together. You can’t provide healing within family if you don’t know the whole picture.”

The main goal of the childcare team is to provide safe, welcoming, trauma-informed, routine-based care for the children. The staff and volunteers understand the backgrounds of the children and the experiences they may have had or witnessed. The childcare team agrees that consistent relationships and a predictable routine are the first steps toward giving the children peace of mind.

EVENTS

Jul 11

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Jul 28

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 02

2022

SueB 5k 10k 2022

On October 2, 2022, we celebrate the 13th annual SueB 5k 10k at noon After two years of racing virtually, we invite you to join us IN PERSON to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of an individual who has brought so many people together. The SueB 5k 10k provides a space […]

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Oct 12

2022

Witches Night Out at the Village

Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 12, 2022 from 5 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 we will be celebrating Witches Night Out at The Village at Meridian, hosted by Meridian’s Centercal Properties and its marvelous merchants. Several sponsors help make the evening a resounding success, raising funds for the WCA’ clients’ […]

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Oct 28

2022

Healing Begins with Hope

WCA Healing Begins with Hope Virtual Outreach and Fundraising Event When: October 28, 2022 As the WCA celebrates 112 years of changing lives, we would like to invite our community to mark their calendars and save the date! The event will be an opportunity to learn more about the WCA’s mission of safety, healing and […]

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