Children’s Programming

Kids Count

Kids Count is a youth advocacy program that provides safety and support to youth (pregnancy through age 18) who have been abused or witnessed domestic violence.

Kids. Count is the program for children at Haven for Hope (safe home), as well as a community outreach program.  Outreach services are available for children (and their families) who are from Goodhue or the surrounding counties who have experienced neglect, emotional, physical or sexual abuse, or who have witnessed domestic violence.

Program Goal

The goal of Kids Count is to help youth affected by abuse understand that what happened was not their fault, and to educate them in ways to STOP the cycle of violence.


  • 24-hour crisis line (1-800-369-5214)
  • Crisis intervention
  • Supportive listening for youth and adults
  • Safety planning
  • Resources and referrals
  • Community education
  • Support groups and Positive Parenting classes for parents/guardians
  • Youth support groups for all ages
  • Assistance with school enrollment and appointments
  • Homework groups and one-on-one tutoring
  • Safe, fun outings for children
  • Legal advocacy
  • Assistance with child-related appointments or issues



The Blue Ribbon Campaign against child abuse originated in the spring of 1989 when Bonnie Finney of Virginia tied a blue ribbon to her car antenna as a tribute to her three year-old grandson who died at the hands of his abusive father. She chose the color blue to represent bruises.