40 years of helping children.
40 years of helping children.

 

The CARE House Mission:

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.

The CARE House Vision:

CARE House will impact the safety of every child in Oakland County through prevention, intervention and treatment.

Our Core Belief:

It shouldn't hurt to be a child!

 

All CARE House programs and services are provided at no cost to the thousands of children and families served each year.

We invite you to visit CARE House to learn more about our mission.

Click here for our upcoming Seeds of Hope Tour dates.

For more information about the CARE House, call 248.332.7173.

 

 

A summary of 2014:

 

0 The cost of services to the children and families CARE House serves.
4 Masters of Social Work Interns were placed at CARE House and helped build its capacity to serve.
37 2014 marked the 37th year of service to Oakland County communities by CARE House.
89 Cents of every dollar raised by CARE House went to direct services for children and families.
688 Total attendance at the weekly Family Support Group.
807 Children were interviewed about their abuse at CARE House using a multi-disciplinary approach to minimize the trauma to the victim.
1,819 Individuals attended Stewards of Children child abuse prevention workshops and learned how to recognize and react responsibly to help stop abuse.
1,836 Crisis counseling sessions were given to non-offending parents, because abuse affects not just the child, but the entire family.
2,341 Individual therapy sessions were provided for abused children.
2,592 Home visits were made by the Healthy Start/Early Head Start workers to their at-risk families.
3,429 Hours of service were provided by CASA [Court Appointed Special Advocates] on their assigned cases for children who are wards of the court due to abuse and neglect.
Limitless The future for thousands of abused children who have found hope and healing at CARE House.

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Our greatest need at CARE House is for financial contributions.

For those who prefer to make an in-kind contribution, here is our current Wish List:

Click Here for our Amazon Wish List

Gift Cards

  • Gas gift cards - $5
  • Meijer
  • Target
  • Costco
  • Walmart
  • Rite Aid
  • CVS

Therapy Donation Items

Books

  • Helping Your Child Recover from Sexual Abuse

Helping Your Child Recover from Sexual Abuse: Adams, Caren, Fay, Jennifer J.: 9780295968063: Amazon.com: Books

  • Celebrate Your Body

Celebrate Your Body (and Its Changes, Too!): The Ultimate Puberty Book for Girls (Celebrate Your Body, 1): Taylor, Sonya Renee, Laureano, Bianca I.: 9781641521666: Amazon.com: Books

Growing Up Great!: The Ultimate Puberty Book for Boys: Todnem, Scott: 9781641524643: Amazon.com: Books

  • Your Body Belongs to You

Your Body Belongs to You: Spelman, Cornelia Maude, Weidner, Teri: 9780807594735: Amazon.com: Books

  • My Body is Special and Private

My Body is Special and Private: Adrianne Simeone, Bobby Davison;Bobby Davison, Bobby Davison;Bobby Davison: 9780998807416: Amazon.com: Books

 

Your contribution makes the mission possible!  

 

 

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CARE House is where mission is transformed into action.

Action to make children safer and families stronger, which makes our communities safer and stronger. We all benefit from the work of CARE House. Child abuse affects not only the child victims and their families, it affects us all.

 Ways to Give:

 

Click the DONATE button and you can make a contribution using PayPal or a Credit Card or call 248.332.7173.

Thank you. 

 

 

 

The CARE House Helping Hands / Shaping Futures Volunteer Program: 

 

Volunteers lend their hearts and hands every day in helping to shape better futures for abused children.

With the thousands of hours they contribute each year, the volunteers help CARE House build its capacity to serve more children and families.

Volunteers are needed to support many of the CARE House programs and services. 

 

CLICK HERE to download our Volunteer Application 

 

Among the volunteer opportunities at CARE House:

 

CURRENT VOLUNTEER NEEDS

 

CASA [Court Appointed Special Advocates]We train this volunteer to serve as a special advocate for an abused or neglected child. After completing training, the 6th Judicial Circuit Family Division appoints them to children in foster care, where they serve as their consistent supportive adult figure. For more information on CASA, click here.

Child AssistThis volunteer provides comfort to children who come to CARE House for an interview concerning allegations of sexual or physical abuse.

Front Desk Greeter:  A volunteer that is the welcoming presence for children and families as they come to CARE House.  They also assist with special projects at the front desk.

Medical Assistant:  A health care trained volunteer who cares for the child and assists the physician during a medical evaluation when a child visits our medical clinic.

Development / Special Events:  Volunteers are needed to assist in preparing invitations, information packets, or other mailers and to participate in the events with activities, such as helping with registration or setting up for the event.

Family Support GroupCARE House therapists offer a weekly [Tuesday evenings] support group to many of the children who have been interviewed and disclosed their abuse.  Volunteers can participate in activities with children or help to facilitate the parent group. 

Nurturing Parent ChefsYour group or organization can volunteer to prepare a nutritious meal for the children and families of the Nurturing Oakland Parents Program [Thursday evenings].  Scheduling frequency is flexible. 

Nurturing Oakland Parents - This is a weekly Thursday evening program for parents/guardians and children ages 5-12.Volunteers assist the program's facilitator by supervising these children and completing planned activities with them. There are also Parenting Facilitator (planning and facilitating the parent's group), Infant/Toddler Room (overseeing a room for children too young to participate in the program, helping remove a barrier for childcare), and Family Meal volunteer positions available. For more information on Nurturing Oakland Parents, click here.

CURRENTLY ON HIATUS (COVID)

Resource Parent Curriculum - Volunteers are needed for an 8 week program on Wednesday evenings to assist with the children in attendance, engaging in play based activities for a variety of ages. 

CARE House Ambassador Program: Help lead and deliver child abuse prevention education trainings in the community. Currently at capacity.

 

To become a CARE House volunteer, contact:

Claire Bair, Volunteer Coordinator

248.332.7173 ext. 311    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download our Electronic CARE House Volunteer Application

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your donations directly support children and families healing from the trauma of child abuse.

$100 covers one abuse prevention training session.

$500 covers one month of therapy for a child victim of abuse

$1,000 covers the cost of two forensic interviews.

Helping abused and neglected children is also priceless. 

Please specify in the Comment section if you want your donation to cover CARE House families' basic needs.

 

Donor Privacy Policy

CARE House will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations.


 

 

Superhero Squad

Click here to learn about joining our Superhero Squad!


 For those who prefer to make an in-kind contribution, visit our Amazon Page, or view our current Wish List.  

Click here to visit our Charity Navigator profile.

Click here to visit our Guidestar profile.

Your contribution makes the mission possible!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are resources for learning more about child abuse and neglect and how you can help prevent it.

 

Guides and Brochures

Click here to download It Shouldn't Hurt to be Child, a guide to protect children from sexual abuse.

Click here to download the Reporting Child Abuse guide.

 

Web Resources

The internet has many resources offering advice and information. The following is a list of some of the organizations which work on issues of child abuse and neglect.

www.aardvarc.org
An Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence Aid and Resource Collection

www.casaforchildren.org
National CASA Association

www.childhelpinfocenter.org
Child abuse information center for families and professionals

www.childtraumaacademy.org
Mission: To improve the lives of traumatized and maltreated children

www.childtrendsdatabank.org
Latest trends and research on key indicators of child and youth well-being

www.ctfalliance.org
National Alliance of Children’s Trust & Prevention Funds

www.darkness2light.org
Mission: To empower people to prevent child sexual abuse

www.nationalcac.org
National Child Advocacy Center

www.nca-online.org
National Children’s Alliance

www.ncsby.org
National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth

www.nctsn.org
National Child Traumatic Stress Network

www.preventchildabuse.org
Prevent Child Abuse America

 

Child Safety Articles

8 Ways to Keep Children Safe When They Are Alone

 

Covid-19 Resources

Covid-19 Crisis Management - Guidelines for Parents & Caretakers

REPORT CHILD ABUSE: 855-444-3911

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Help a Child – Report Child Abuse!

If you suspect a child has been abused;  Immediately contact Children's Protective Services at 855.444.3911.

About Child Abuse:

7 Steps to Protecting Our Children:

Step 1: Learn the facts and understand the risks.
Step 2: Minimize the opportunity.
Step 3: Talk about it.
Step 4: Stay alert.
Step 5: Make a plan.
Step 6: Act on suspicions.
Step 7: Get involved.

Source: Darkness to Light
For more information, go to: www.darkness2light.org

Form 3200, Report of Actual or Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect, is required to submit a written report.

Click here to download the form 3200.

Click here to download It Shouldn't Hurt to be Child, a guide to protect children from sexual abuse.

Click here to download the Reporting Child Abuse guide.

Child Abuse – It Doesn't Have to Happen.

BREAK THE CYCLE OF SILENCE.

Let the healing and the prevention begin today. 

 

 

  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be abused before they reach the age of 18.

 

  • 1 in 5 children are solicited sexually while on the internet.

 

  • Nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults occur to children ages 17 and under.

 

  • An estimated 39 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse exist in America today.

 

The overwhelming majority of abused children know their abuser.

 

  • Another 50% are abused by someone outside of the family whom they know and trust.

 

  • Approximately 40% are abused by older or larger children whom they know.

 

Sexual abuse can occur at all ages, probably younger than you think.

 

  • The median age for reported abuse is 9 years old.

 

  • More than 20% of children are sexually abused before the age of 8.

  

Most abused children don't tell even when asked.

 

  • Evidence that a child has been sexually abused is not always obvious, and many children do not report that they have been abused.

 

  • Over 30% of victims never disclose the experience to ANYONE.

 

 

  • Victims of child sexual abuse report more substance abuse problems. 70-80% of sexual abuse survivors report excessive drug and alcohol use.

  

Statistics courtesy of the Michigan Chapter of the

National Children’s Alliance and Darkness to Light.