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COVID 19 OPERATIONAL PROTOCOL


The purpose of this page is to provide information guidance regarding how CARE House of Oakland County can safely operate while protecting the health of its staff, clients, and community partners. These recommendations are based upon the guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). As our knowledge about the virus and its transmission expands and evolves, these recommendations may change as well.


According to the CDC, “The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, including:


• Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
• Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.”


The pillars of these recommendations are those that have been reiterated by the experts at the CDC and reflect the mode of spread suggested above: staying safe at home as much as possible, staying home when ill, protecting others from anyone who potentially could be spreading the coronavirus, social/physical distancing, and cleaning workspaces and high touch areas frequently.

 

Screening Staff & Visitors with Self Reporting of Symptoms
Before coming to CARE House, all visitors and staff should be able to answer “no” to each of these screening questions:

 

1. Do I have fever of 100.4 degrees F or greater?
2. Do I have a new cough that is unrelated to seasonal allergies?
3. Do I have a new sore throat that is unrelated to seasonal allergies?
4. Do I have new respiratory symptoms that are unrelated to seasonal allergies?
5. Do I have vomiting or diarrhea?
6. Do I have flu-like symptoms?
7. Do I have new muscle aches or pains?
8. Have I experienced a loss of my sense of smell or taste?
9. Have I been in close contact with a COVID-19 infected individual or person with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

 

Anyone answering “yes” to any one of the screening questions should be rescheduled and advised to contact their medical provider for care and follow-up. Any visitor who has been in contact with a COVID-19 positive individual (see below)* should monitor themselves for the development of COVID-19 symptoms and quarantine for 14 days. Staff should report their status to their supervisor immediately.


*Close contact with a sick person is defined as:
• Living in the same household as a sick person with COVID-19
• Caring for a sick person with COVID-19
• Being within 6 feet of a sick person with COVID-19 for about 10 minutes or more
• Being in direct contact with secretions from a sick person with COVID-19 (being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.)

 

CARE House staff will ask screening questions at each of these times before allowing visitors entry to the building:

 

1. At the time the appointment is scheduled;
2. At the time of the reminder call or email for the appointment; and
3. Before entering the building for their appointment.

 

It is recommended that visitors are greeted in the entryway or parking lot to assess their health before entering the building. Clients and community partners will be allowed entry if their response is “no” to all questions.

 

Testing for COVID-19 is not 100% accurate. False negative test results (test is negative but person has the virus) can occur. Therefore, if an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, regardless of the test results, that individual should not come to the CAC. Regardless of diagnosis, children who are sick cannot participate to the fullest extent in the forensic interview process or therapy.

 

What to Do If Someone Comes to CARE House Who Is Sick
If the client or caregiver is identified as ill at the time of screening, the appointment must be rescheduled. In the case where a child needs an emergent medical examination and the child or caregiver is ill with COVID-19 symptoms, then the exam should be conducted in the local emergency department where procedures for isolating patients who are potentially COVID-19 positive have been established.


Visitors or staff who exhibit signs and/or symptoms of COVID-19 after they have entered the building should be immediately isolated and moved to a location away from other workers and other visitors. The potentially infectious person should be placed in a room with the doors closed until they can depart. After a sick individual leaves the building, the room should be closed off. Open outside doors and windows and use ventilating fans to increase air circulation in the area if possible. Wait 24 hours, or as long as practical, before beginning cleaning and disinfection.

 

Policy for Visitors Entering CARE House
Each individual entering CARE House must wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer upon arrival. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant at least 60% alcohol-based, Kleenex, as well as trash receptacles to dispose of soiled material, should be readily available throughout the facility. Paper towels and disinfectant for cleaning should be readily available to staff. Signs reminding individuals to wash their hands are posted in each restroom and throughout the facility.


It is highly recommended that a child being seen at CARE House arrive without siblings (unless they too are being seen) and with only one accompanying caregiver. One family unit (child and caregiver) should occupy the waiting room at a single time and all high touch areas in the waiting room should be cleaned before the next client arrives (all surfaces, clipboards, pens, tables, door handles). Toys will not be available in waiting areas at this time. Only toys that can be wiped down with disinfectant or placed in a dishwasher will be available for checkout by a team member and will be disinfected before being checked in.


Appointments should be scheduled so that appointments do not overlap and allow time for forensic interview rooms and waiting rooms to be cleaned between families. If that is not possible, the overlapping families should be separated in different waiting rooms.


All persons who enter CARE House are required to wear masks when interacting with one another. Non-medical employees can wear cloth masks. Clients and community partners should wear masks as well. Clients and community partners should be encouraged to bring their own masks; however, masks will be available for those who do not have them. These masks should be given to visitors and not recycled for future use by others. Cloth masks, if properly made and worn, can prevent persons from spreading the virus to one another. Medical providers should wear N95 masks. Any patient with COVID-19 symptoms who needs an emergent medical exam should be referred to an emergency department where procedures for isolating patients who are potentially COVID-19 positive have been established. This recommendation is made to avoid contaminating the medical clinic and waiting room.


The child and caregiver should stay in a waiting room without other clients, and the time that the family has contact with staff should be minimized. Advocates are encouraged to conduct as much of their work with clients over the phone if the caregiver feels safe in providing that information in this manner (verification of information, addresses, and discussing what the procedure/forensic interview/CAC appointment will look like, etc.). Tablets will be disinfected between clients. Face-to-face interaction will be limited to that which is absolutely necessary and staff will maximize the distance between advocate and client. Anyone working with papers touched by others should wash their hands regularly. Papers touched by staff, MDT members, clients, or visitors should rest 24 hours before being filed away.


Performing all necessary components of interactions with a family in one location/room (as opposed to moving the family from one room to another to meet with various individuals) is encouraged to limit the number of spaces a family has occupied at the CAC.

 

Addressing Specific Services Offered at CARE House
• Mental health screening should be performed while social/physical distancing, and if possible, over the phone.
• Advocacy should be performed while social/physical distancing, and if possible, over the phone.
• Therapy should be provided via telehealth whenever possible.
• MDT partners, when present during forensic interviews, should practice social distancing and wear masks.
• Forensic interviews should be provided according to MDT/CAC recommendations (either while social/physical distancing, or in separate rooms if capacity allows).
• MDT meetings and case review will be held remotely via phone or via HIPPA-compliant virtual platform (i.e., Zoom).
• MDT pre- and post-forensic interview meetings should be held according to MDT/CAC recommendations (while social/physical distancing).

 

Issues Specific to CARE House Staff
Staggering staff present at CARE House, working off site, social/physical distancing for staff, and disinfecting of common workspaces (see CARE House return to work playbook summary).
CARE House staff will stagger their hours in the office to decrease the number of individuals in the workspace at one time. This way, if one employee falls ill, there are still staff members who can fill in. Employees should be cognizant that their behavior outside of work could potentially affect others in the workspace should they fall ill as a result of not following the guidelines provided by the CDC and your state government.


• Employees should continue to practice social/physical distancing in common areas such as shared spaces (copier and break room).
• High touch areas like doorknobs, copier, microwave, coffee machine and refrigerator will be disinfected twice per day.
• Each staff member is responsible for disinfecting their personal workspace. Supplies will be provided.
• Policies and procedures are provided for employees to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, children everywhere are facing an increased risk of being abused due to the stress and isolation of quarantine. Even more worrisome, because people like teachers and doctors aren’t regularly seeing the children under their care, it’s less likely that child victims will have their abuse reported.

CARE House has been working to make sure these children don’t fall through the cracks, continuing their collaboration with local law enforcement and CPS to hold forensic interviews and transitioning to virtual therapy sessions to eliminate gaps in treatment for children receiving those services.

Your support will make a critical difference for vulnerable children in our community during this incredibly troubling time. Donations made prior to November 10 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $150,000 allowing you to double your impact, supporting families in crisis.

We hope that you will consider supporting child safety in Oakland County this year.

 

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Strong Families #1

Articles & Online Resources

Exchange Family Center - "Protective Factors: Meet Parenting Stress With Parental Resilience"

Psych Central - "10 Tips to Build Resilience"

The Counseling Teacher

CNet - "Everything You Need to Know to Stay Healthy and Entertained While Stuck at Home"

PBS - "How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus"

Children's Trust Fund Alliance - "Everyday Actions that Help Build Resilience"

 

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 Strong Families #2

Articles and Online Resources

Exchange Family Center - "Protective Factors: Find Strong Support Among Your Social Connections"

Metro Parent

Oakland County Moms

Children's Trust Fund Alliance - "The Value of Social Connections"

 

Videos

 

Strong Families #3

Articles & Online Resources

The National Parent Helpline

Center for the Study of Social Policy - "Concrete Support in Times of Need"

 

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Strong Families #4

Articles & Online Resources

Center for the Study of Social Policy - Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development

Oakland County Youth Assistance Parenting Calendar

Great Start Collaborative - Oakland County

Help Me Grow Michigan

Zero to Three

The Search Institute - 40 Developmental Assets

 

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Strong Familes #5

Articles and Online Resources

5 Social-Emotional Learning Games to Play With Your Children

Children's Trust Fund Alliance - Social and Emotional Competence of Children

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Emergencies & National Disasters - Helping Children and Families Cope

How to Support Your Outgoing Child

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Keeping Kids Safe During COVID-19 - Abuse Prevention Tips for Teachers

Articles and Online Resources

Cleveland Clinic - Vigilance Needed During COVID-19 As Child Abuse Concerns Rise

COVID-19 and its implications for protecting children online

COVID-19 Parenting - Keeping Children Safe Online

Helping Children From Afar

National Network to End Domestic Violence - Video Conferencing & Digital Communication Platforms Comparison Chart

 

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Individuals

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Mr. and Mrs. Abeer Asmaro

Mrs. and Mr. Holly J. Banes

Ms. Mildred Bargren

Ms. Kelli Bennett and Mr. Brendan Dennis

Ms. Ashley Boday

Ms. Samantha Borden

Mr. & Mrs. Lyle Brous

Mrs. and Mr. Marla Cicotte

Ms. Suzanne M. Colvin

Ms. Lisa Cwycyshyn

Mr. Gregory Drumb

Ms. Marla Feldman

Ms. Whitney Foley

Ms. Tina Foust

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Garrison

Ms. Zavette Gibson

Mr. James Glover

Ms. Nancy D. Greeley

Mr. and Mrs. Steven G. Gordon

Ms. Deidrea Hammond

Mr. Wallace Johnson

Ms. Kathleen L. Jurick

Mr. & Mrs. Donald Kegley, Jr.

Mr. Ronald Khibier

Mr. and Mrs. Victor and Lindsey Mansour

Ms. Renee McLeod

Mr. Justin Miller

Mr. James F. Miller

Ms. Kewanda Murphy

Mr. and Mrs. Chelsea J. Richardson

Mrs. and Mr. Rebecca Richardson

Ms. Erin Robinson

Dr. Larry Shapiro

Ms. Lauren Shonk

Mrs. Lori Stanley

Ms. Meg Stanley

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Suess

Ms. Blythe Tyler

Ms. Doris VanMilligan

Ms. Sarah Weatherington

Mr. S. Eliot Weiner and Dr. Whitney Weiner

Ms. Jean Williamson Moore

Mr. Chad Wohlfert

Ms. Mary Lou Zieve

 

Organizations

Beier Howlett, P.C.

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Proctor Financial

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Team "Top Shelf"

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Champagne Table Raffle

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Buy your tickets for this during registration and win the chance of spending CARE Night at a table loaded with takeaway goodies, including fine wines, premium spirits, restaurant gift certificates and more! The winning ticketholder also receives a pair of His and Hers Shinola watches, courtesy of Tapper's Fine Jewelry.

 

Two 52 Card Raffles:

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A. Pick Six

$100 per card - only 52 cards to be sold!

Enjoy six (6) nights at your choice of any of these fine Accor hotel properties

  • Austin, Texas
  • Beverly Hills, California
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Lexington, Kentucky
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, California
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Fairmont, Washington D.C.
  • Whistler, British Columbia

Use your nights all at once, or in any combination of nights/properties

No expiration date!

 

 

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B. Enhance your Wine Cellar

$100 per card - only 52 cards to be sold!

Bottles include:

  • 2006 Celani Ardore
  • 2006 Beaulieu Vineyard Georges De Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2007 Far Niente Napa Valley Chardonnay
  • 2009 Alcor
  • 2011 Lupier La Dama Navarra [2 bottles]
  • 2012 Castell d'Encus Taika Costers del Segre
  • 2013 Castell d'Encus Acusp Costers del Segre
  • 2013 Castell d’Encus Taleia Costers del Segre
  • 2013 Castell d’Encus Thalarn Costers del Segre
  • 2013 Cesar Principe
  • 2013 Lupier Terroir Navarra
  • 2013 Ruffino Tenuta Greppone Mazzi
  • 2014 Aubert Lauren
  • 2014 Darioush Caravan
  • 2014 Melka CJ
  • 2015 Almaroja Blanco Pirita
  • 2015 Artuke Finca de los Locos Rioja
  • 2015 Chateau Brane-Cantenac Margaux
  • 2015 Langoureau Les Frionnes Saint Aubin
  • 2015 Lumpp Crausot Rouge Givry
  • 2015 Maldivinas Combate
  • 2016 Justin Isosceles
  • 2016 Langoureau Voillenots Dessous Chassagne Montrachet
  • 2016 Melka CJ
  • 2016 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay
  • 2017 Quilt
  • 2018 Celani Family Vineyards Chardonnay
  • Veuve Clicquot [4 bottles]
  • One (1) fifth of High Five Spirits Mackinac Island Rum
  • Two (2) fifths of High Five Spirits Petoskey Stone Gin
  • Two (2) fifths of High Five Spirits Gypsy Vodka
    And many more!

 

 

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1. Luxe Weekend in Birmingham

There’s never a dull moment in our own backyard! Indulge in a “staycation," or use this package to host out-of-town guests.

  • Enjoy one (1) night in a beautiful Presidential suite at The Townsend Hotel
  • Dinner for two (2) at The Rugby Grille
  • $500 gift certificate to Tender Fashion Boutique
  • Makeover at The Beauty Club in Birmingham by Heidi D, Founder of Heidi D Cosmetics, and a beauty kit to take home
  • Indulge with a couple’s massage at Beach House Day Spa
  • Take in a movie (or two) at The Maple Theater in Bloomfield Hills

 

 

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2. 2019 CMA Awards

November 13, 2019 Nashville, TN
This package for two (2) is the ultimate experience for country music fans!

  • Two (2) tickets to the Country Music Awards Ceremony
  • Three (3) Days, Two (2) Nights hotel accommodations
  • Airfare for Two (2)
  • CMA VIP Party for Two (2)

 

 

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3. Are you ready for Prime + Proper Detroit?

Born out of the renaissance of Detroit, Prime + Proper offers a marriage of traditional steakhouse fare with elevated contemporary culinary mastery. This exclusive establishment, created by restauranteur Jeremy Sasson of Townhouse, provides a truly remarkable experience through enlightened hospitality, premier product, and unrivaled attention to detail.

  • Enjoy an exquisite five course dinner for six (6) with wine pairing in Prime + Proper’s unique downtown space
  • Three (3) guest rooms at The Westin Book Cadillac, so you can make it a night on the town
  • Prime + Proper expires March 1, 2020 and is valid Sunday-Thursday, excluding holidays and Super Bowl Sunday
  • Westin Book Cadillac expires October 5, 2020

 

 

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4. Meet your Best Friend at CARE Night

Add this incredibly adorable poodle puppy to your family, OR take your pick from an upcoming litter. Your puppy will come to you crate-trained and sleeping through the night!

  • One (1) female toy poodle puppy born 07/16/2019, expected to weigh in the range of 6-8 pounds
  • Comes with a private training session for her and her new family which includes learning how to sit, come, stay and learning how to walk on a leash
  • Additional goodie basket from Teacups & Toys in Birmingham containing a Susan Lanci shag bed, an assortment of toys, a crate, and an exercise pen, along with a $100 Teacups & Toys gift certificate.

 

 

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5. New York City - Experience the Big Apple in Style

The timeless glamour of The St. Regis Hotel; a Broadway show; shopping and dining to your heart’s content.

  • Two (2) nights in a 1-Bedroom Suite at the Five-Diamond St. Regis Hotel, located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, including a private butler for your stay
  • Dinner for two (2) to Il Mulino New York - steps off of Madison Avenue and a few short blocks from the St. Regis Hotel, the Uptown outpost on 60th Street brings minimalist elegance to life
  • $1,000 Visa gift card for airfare or shopping
  • Two (2) premium tickets to a Broadway Show of your choosing

 

 

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6. Spanish Feast with Wine Pairings at the home of Don & Cheri Bailey

Take part in an exquisite feast for twelve (12) exploring the cuisine and wines of Spain in the beautiful home of Don & Cheri Bailey. The dinner will take place in the Baileys’ luxurious, state-of-the-art wine cellar, a showcase for their incredible 6,000 bottle collection. The feast features an array of complementary Spanish wines hand-picked by S. Elie Boudt, owner of Birmingham’s Elie Wine Co. Elie has traveled extensively to many of the areas where these wines are produced, allowing him to provide illuminating context throughout the evening. Each sip and taste will bring you closer to the Iberian Peninsula and its fascinating mix of people, language and culture.
Twelve (12) guests, time and date mutually agreed upon.

 

 

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7. Sonoma Valley Wine and Dine

Accommodations at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn for five (5) days and four (4) nights.

  • Spend a special day at the Celani Family Vineyards with a private tour and tasting
  • Exclusive limo tour featuring 3 private vineyards conducted by Sommelier John Burdick
  • Gourmet lunch prepared by one of Sonoma Valley’s finest chefs
  • Daily Wine Tasting At The Sonoma Mission Inn
  • $1,000 VISA gift card for airline tickets or to spend on delectable wines

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8. Super Bowl Experience - 2020

Sunday February 2, 2020
Hard Rock Stadium – Miami, Florida
This package for two (2) offers the opportunity of a lifetime!

  • Two (2) tickets to Super Bowl LIV
  • Three (3) Days, Two (2) Nights hotel accommodations
  • Airfare for Two (2)
  • VIP Hospitality Party for Two (2)

 

 

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9. Adventure Awaits!

Bidder’s Choice of seven (7) days, six (6) nights in deluxe accommodations at the Fairmont location of your choice. Includes daily breakfast for two (2).
NO EXPIRATION DATES!

Maui, Hawaii - Kea Lani Resort - One Bedroom Suite

  • Award-winning Weilea Golf Club
  • Three (3) swimming pools
  • Renowned Willow Stream Spa
  • Makena Tennis Club

Le Montreux Place, Switzerland - 5 star luxury hotel on Lake Geneva

  • Home of the famous Montreux Jazz Festival and celebrated Christmas Market
  • Distinct Dining Venues
  • Willow Stream Spa

St. Andrews, Scotland – Fairmont Hotel and 36 Holes of golf, Torrance and Devlin Courses

  • Voted “18 of the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses”
  • Guaranteed tee times
  • Entry into the daily lottery to play the historic St. Andrews old course

 

 

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10. Suite Accomodations for the Red Wings

Enjoy an evening downtown watching the Detroit Red Wings at an action-packed game!

  • An entire premium suite is yours for the evening and includes eighteen (18) tickets along with three (3) parking passes; $500 credit for food and beverages
  • Bidder’s Choice:
    • Wednesday, 11/27/2019 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs @ 7:00pm
    • Friday, 1/17/2020 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins @ 7:30pm

 

 

Downtown Detroit

11. Detroit Progressive Dinner

Detroit has attained international recognition as a "food mecca." This package gives you one incredible evening of the city's finest offerings without any of the technicalities. It includes three (3) rooms at the Detroit Foundation Hotel with chartered car service to five (5) of Detroit's hottest restaurants and cocktail bars. Indulge in the best of Detroit's modern culinary landscape without any of the muss and fuss!

Restaurants include:

  • Grey Ghost
  • San Morello
  • SheWolf
  • Sugar House
  • And more!

Time and date mutually agreed upon; requires sixty (60) days notice to schedule
Expires October 31, 2020

 

 

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12. Hilton Head

  • Luxury oceanfront accommodations at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
  • This beautiful condo sleeps eight (8) guests with four (4) bedrooms and four (4) bathrooms
  • Available from Saturday to Saturday, seven (7) nights eight (8) days at a mutually agreeable date with the owner
  • $250 resort credit for golf, tennis or other activities
  • Book early for best available dates

 

 

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13. Tremendous Telluride Ski Vacation

  • Week long ski vacation in the heart of Telluride, Colorado
  • Six (6) nights, seven (7) days in a luxury condo in downtown Telluride, just one block from the Gondola
  • Condo easily sleeps four (4) people, with a master suite and guest bedroom
  • Time and date mutually agreed upon, week of July 4 and December 25 are not available

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Are you interested in taking a more active role in keeping children in your community safe?

We're introducing a new volunteer role at CARE House through our Ambassador Program. We will teach individuals to deliver child abuse prevention education training sessions. This is an opportunity to make a broad local impact on child safety, giving people throughout Oakland County the tools they need to recognize potential victims of abuse and to ensure that the children in their lives never become victims.

If you're interested in becoming a CARE House Ambassador, complete the application and submit it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..