There are 1.24 million people living in Oakland County.
273,000 of them are children.
1 in 10 of those children will be sexually abused before they turn 18.
CARE House of Oakland County is a children’s advocacy center, providing first rate services to victims of child abuse and neglect. Our mission is to be a leading resource in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and the protection of children through advocacy, education, intervention, research, training, and treatment, in collaboration with the community. Our vision is to affect the safety of every child in Oakland County through intervention, treatment and prevention.
CARE House currently offers the following programs:
Intervention and Treatment: When police and Children's Protective Services receive reports of suspected child abuse, we provide forensic interviews for those children at our facility. Police and CPS attend the interview, which is designed to avoid re-traumatizing the child. We also provide therapy for these children and their non-offending family members. For child abuse victims, our Intervention and Treatment program offers a critical first step on the road to healing and an opportunity for children to reclaim their lives.
In 2016, CARE House provided 852 forensic interviews and 2,841 individual therapy sessions for child victims of abuse and their non-offending family members.
Early Head Start: Our Family Educators make weekly home visits to our Early Head Start participants. This program is for low-income and at-risk families with infants and toddlers, and provides parents with the necessary tools and skills to raise happy, healthy kids. Children and parents benefit from our Early Head start home visits, play groups, and health screenings. This program is vital to breaking the cycle of abuse.
108 infants and toddlers are currently enrolled in CARE House’s Early Head Start program.
Community Outreach: Child abuse is so widespread, with 1 in 10 children being sexually abused before they turn 18, it’s likely someone you know will be affected by it. Our Prevention program aims to teach children and adults to recognize the signs of abuse and to take proper action. By educating our community, we gain the power to collectively stop abuse in its tracks.
In 2016, 3,784 adults and 52 children participated in prevention trainings. Click here for more information on our training offerings.
For information on our training offerings, or if you're interested in scheduling a training, click here.
Court-Appointed Special Advocates [CASA]: Children in foster care undergo an incredible amount of stress and uncertainty in what should be a calm and stable time in their lives. Our Court Appointed Special Advocates program provides these children with much needed consistency, with volunteers providing guidance and support in and out of court proceedings, until the child leaves the system.
In 2016, 84 children in Oakland County foster care benefitted from CASA services. Click here for more information on how to become a CASA.