Safe From the Start Staff Highlight: Andrea Beita
Andrea Beita is pictured on far left with Safe From the Start staff members.
Andrea Beita is a Bilingual Spanish Therapist /Case Worker with Safe From the Start. She holds a Master in Childhood and Adolescence Psychology and Social and Family Violence. Since 2004, Andrea has been part of mental health, domestic violence and abuse programs, providing therapy in English and Spanish for children and their families. In 2011, she started working with Safe From the Start.
Andrea is honored to be part of a program which focuses its support on children 0 to 5 years old and their families. Current research undeniably shows the importance of providing emotional support to young children that have been exposed to violence. “The emotional support and tools provided in therapy assist the children and their families in their healing process and in becoming stronger human beings,” she stated.
When asked how Safe From the Start is making a difference in the community she responded, “Safe From the Start provides free bilingual workshops, presentations and professional assistance in the community with the main goal of informing the people about domestic violence and child abuse. The information provided by this program is creating informed and stronger families and therefore stronger communities.”
Andrea sees the positive impact this program is making in the lives of the children and families she works with. “The young generations are the future of the families, communities and societies in general. If programs like Safe From the Start do not exist, the generational violence in family and social systems will continue. The new generations need to understand that domestic and social violence is not acceptable, and that any kind of child abuse has to be stopped.”
The Safe From the Start program was cut from the State of Illinois budget and is now seeking community help to keep the program going. To learn more or donate, click here.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County is proud to have Andrea as a staff member. Thank you, Andrea, for your hard work and dedication to the Safe From the Start program and clients!
Posted on Mon, November 14, 2016
by Jessica Brenner