Pages from 2020 CARE House Services and Impact 2


CARE House currently offers the following programs:

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 2020, 76 children in Oakland County foster care benefitted from CASA services. Click here for more information on how to become a CASA.


Canine Advocacy Program (CAP): CARE House of Oakland County is excited and proud to announce that we are adding the CAP to our array of services! Founded in 2010 in Oakland County, the program utilizes highly-trained dogs to help alleviate anxiety in children who encounter the criminal justice system, and has worked with courts, law enforcement agencies, and child advocacy centers throughout Michigan. The CAP program is dedicated to the safety of children through prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Click here for more information.


Early Head Start: Due to funding cuts, CARE House of Oakland County no longer offers this programming; however in 2020, 1,866 home visits were conducted by CARE House’s Early Head Start program to help in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. 


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. In addition to individual therapy sessions, we have a weekly Family Support Group, and a Teen Girl Survivor Group, a 12-week program for teen girls ages 13-18 who identify as survivors of sexual assault which creates a safe environment for the participants, and helps them to navigate the process of recovery from sexual abuse. 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 2020, CARE House provided 611 forensic interviews and 2,813 individual therapy sessions for child victims of abuse and their non-offending family members.


Nurturing Oakland Parents: Starting in 2018, Nurturing Oakland Parents brings parents and kids together to help bridge gaps and build empathy. Over fifteen weeks, at risk families with kids aged 5-12 will come to CARE House, share a meal, and break into groups. The parents will meet for guided discussions designed to reinforce values like empathy, positive self-worth, open communication and empowerment of children. At the same time, the kids will participate in volunteer-led play groups which mirror the themes of each weekly discussion. The structure of the program helps to strengthen familial bonds, and to establish new ones among program participants.

In 2020, 31 adults and 50 children completed Nurturing Oakland Parents. To learn more about Nurturing Oakland Parents, click here.


Resource Parent Curriculum Group: This is a 7-week group for foster parents, adoptive parents, and biological parents whose child has experienced trauma. Parents will learn how trauma can affect childhood development, how to respond appropriately to a traumatized child, and how to help traumatized children with their recovery.

To view the Resource Parent Curriculum Group flyer, click here. For more information or to register, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Prevention Education: 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 2020, 2,520 adults and children participated in prevention trainings. Click here for more information on our training offerings.