Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center is a direct service nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and working directly with child victims of sexual and physical abuse in the District of Columbia. Through its child-friendly facility and multidisciplinary team approach, Safe Shores coordinates the work of medical and mental health providers, social services professionals, victim advocates, law enforcement, and prosecution officials to reduce trauma and promote healing for child victims of abuse.
Join us at our virtual open house to learn more about the Child Advocacy Center model and our services!
Interpretation services will be available.
Natalie Delcid (she/her)
Bilingual Clinical Services Coordinator/Therapist | Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center
As the bilingual clinical services coordinator/therapist, Natalie manages the clinical waitlist for Safe Shores’ therapy, communicates with external agencies regarding services, and provides therapy to children and adolescents. Additionally, Natalie co-facilites Safe Shores’ Spanish Caregiver Support Group that serves non-offending caregivers of children who have experienced sexual abuse. Natalie is trained in providing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 18 and utilizes a combination of play therapy within treatment.
Sharde McConnell (she/her)
Manager of Client Advocacy Services | Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center
Sharde McConnell is the Manager of Client Advocacy Services and has served clients through Safe Shores’ Advocacy program for over seven years. She is an advocate for children and families, a tremendous ally and supporter of parents, and a source of positivity and optimism for colleagues and loved ones. She is passionate about physical, mental, and spiritual health and has a particular interest in astrology and feng shui, two tools for aligning with the natural flow of energy. Sharde has immense love and gratitude for animals and believes that with teamwork, adults have the power to shift culture in a way that establishes safety and empowers children by valuing their human dignity.
Kalphria Wilson, LICSW (she/her)
Manager, Multidisciplinary Team Advancement and Support | Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center
Kalphria Wilson (she/her) began working at Safe Shores in July 2016 as a Family Advocate and transitioned to the role of Manager of MDT Advancement and Support in March 2020. In this role, Kalphria provides enhanced coordination between Safe Shores and the multidisciplinary Team to ensure timely resolutions, efficient communications, and information sharing for child abuse investigations. Previously, she has provided over six years of trauma-informed clinical case management to children and families throughout the District of Columbia. Kalphria has obtained a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland-Baltimore and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the Florida State University. She is also a Licensed Individual Clinical Social Worker in the District of Columbia.
Rachel Booker (she/her)
Forensic Services Program Director | Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center
Rachel Booker serves as the Forensic Services Program Director and conducts forensic interviews at Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center. Rachel has conducted hundreds of forensic interviews with children regarding sexual abuse, physical abuse, and the witnessing of violence.
Rachel has been trained in this highly specialized field and has completed the internationally recognized National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC) Forensic Interview Training and the NCAC Advanced Forensic Interview Training. Further, she has enhanced her skills through training provided by the National Criminal Justice Training Center and the FBI on topics related to her work, including child sex trafficking forensic interviewing, presenting evidence in child forensic interviews, and the multidisciplinary team response to child sex trafficking. Additionally, Rachel is certified in Stewards of Children® child sexual abuse prevention training.
Rachel has provided trainings about child abuse and forensic interviewing to the United Nations, the United States Army, the DC Bar Association, as well as other local, state, and federal organizations.
Alejandra Monroy (she/her)
Bilingual Prevention Specialist | Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center
Alejandra Monroy currently serves as the Bilingual Prevention Specialist at Safe Shores – The D.C. Children’s Advocacy Center. Alejandra is a certified facilitator of evidence-based curriculum for Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children®, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training, and from Prevent Child Abuse Vermont’s in Healthy Relationships Project and Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development™. Alejandra is also a Spanish Caregiver Support Group facilitator, a psychoeducational curriculum for caregivers of children who have experienced abuse. Before fully transitioning into a Prevention Specialist, Alejandra served as a Bilingual Family Advocate, providing crisis intervention, support, and resources to Spanish-speaking, non-offending caregivers during the family’s child abuse investigation process.
Alejandra has expertise in developing curricula and workshops on various topics such as social media safety for children, nutrition, stress, knowing your rights, finances, and housing rights. She has dedicated her professional career to helping vulnerable communities in the DMV with many issues including housing rights, public health issues, immigration, and social services. Alejandra completed the Health and Public Interest Master of Science Program at Georgetown University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.