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 2018, 98 children in Oakland County foster care benefitted from CASA services. Click here for more information on how to become a CASA.
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, developmental activities, referrals to community services, and health screenings. This program is vital to breaking the cycle of abuse.
56 infants and toddlers are currently enrolled in CARE House’s Early Head Start program. For information about enrolling in Early Head Start, click here.
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 2018, CARE House provided 684 forensic interviews and 3,437 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.
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.
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 2018, 7,678 adults and children participated in prevention trainings. Click here for more information on our training offerings.