Claire's House is going to be a home.
What has she learned? "They're really missing that cross-generational care," Kimble-Price said. Most systems are designed not to include it. But for Kimble-Price, "being able to re-establish the parts of their childhood that have been stolen is really exciting to me."
She has a vision for the staff at Claire's House.
"I'm looking for grandmas and aunties," she said. "A lot of girls don't get to talk to a grandmother ever or get advice from an auntie. Or have someone sit and braid their hair."
Education is a key component to the "multifaceted, multilevel approach" Kimble-Price is planning.
"For girls who have been going to a public school, we're happy to help them re-enroll in the school they were going to until things were disrupted," she said. If there is a need to find a new school, that can be accommodated.
For girls who haven't found success in traditional schools, or for traumatic reasons cannot attend school, home school will be available.
At Claire's House, they'll do "exactly what you'd do in your home," if your child found herself unable to function in a school setting.
"What would we all do? We would home school. We would find a way," Kimble-Price said. "Why wouldn't we do that at Claire's House?"
Mentoring is another key component. Mentoring for the residents of Claire's House will be offered at a location away from the house.
Claire's House's reach will go beyond its property line. "Each parish will have someone trained by us," in the issues of commercial sexual exploitation of children, Kimble-Price said. The goal will be to "educate people as to what 's going in their community, demystify and debunk myths."
The parish education is expected to begin this fall.
Parishes might also become a source of foster parents, with training provided by Clare's House staff.
"When girls transition out of Claire's House, stepping down into a foster parent or adoptive situation, we'll be able to offer someone trained by us, from the parishes or from the community, who has a CSEC-informed parenting style," Kimble-Price said.
A 12-year-old arriving at Claire's House could stay until she "ages out" at 18, but chances of such a long-term residency are low. An 18-month residence is closer to the ideal.
"From what we know about human trafficking and sexual exploitation," Kimble-Price said, "the time they'll be able to stay is lower." The average may be closer to nine months.
Some girls return to their family home, with support.
Kimble-Price, a graduate of Oakland public schools and San Francisco State University, has been a longtime advocate.
"I've never not done social justice work," she said. "That's the way I was raised," in a family with multiple generations of public service.
In her work, she has created strong partnership over the years in the Oakland area with other groups providing services to commercially sexually exploited children, including MISSSEY, DreamCatcher, Covenant House, HEAT Watch, Love Never Fails, Regina's Door, Ruby's Place, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and West Coast Children's Clinic.
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