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

Child abuse is a topic no one wants to talk about.

It's uncomfortable. It's embarrassing. It draws attention to how vulnerable we are as parents and as communities.

But just imagine the impact we could have if we all talked openly about this problem. When we talk about the issue of child abuse and take steps to keep children safe, we can create responsible, proactive communities where there is no place for perpetrators to have access to abuse children.

We believe in our vision to impact the safety of every child in Oakland County.
Through our child abuse prevention programs, we work to make that vision closer to reality.

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Prevention Programs for Families

Trainings for Adults and Parents

Trainings for Community Organizations and Schools

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CARE House, with a grant from Impact100 Oakland County, has initiated a new program for families to prevent abuse. 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 these values:

• Positive self-worth
• Empathy
• Empowerment of children
• Discipline
• Open communication

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.

The basis of the program comes from the work of Stephen J. Bavolek, Ph.D, who completed an intensive study of cases of child abuse to determine shared commonalities among them. He found five constructs of belief common among parents who had abused their children:

• Inappropriate expectations of their child’s developmental capabilities
• A low level of empathy toward their child’s needs
• A strong belief in the value of corporal punishment
• A reversal of the parent-child familial roles
• A belief in restricting their child’s power and independence

The goal of the program is for participating families to experience positive changes in beliefs across these five factors, while developing knowledge of nurturing parenting skills. Parents will complete inventory surveys at the beginning and end of the program to measure developments in parenting beliefs and in their ability to communicate. The program has shown vast improvements in parent-child relations.

11 families will participate in each session. The lessons they learn and carry forward, with the strength and support of their new connections, will break the cycle of abuse and benefit Oakland County for generations to come.

For information about enrolling in Nurturing Oakland Parents, call Sheronda McDonald at 248.332.7173, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to email.

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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 2016, 84 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.

108 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. 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.

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.

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 2016, 3,784 adults and 52 children participated in prevention trainings. Click here for more information on our training offerings.

 

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. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency based in Pontiac, Michigan, serving the residents of Oakland County Michigan. Founded in 1977 as the Child Abuse and Neglect Council of Oakland County, we currently offer an array of programs focused on the identification and treatment of child abuse victims, and on child abuse prevention.

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

We offer all of our programs at no cost to our clients. For a description of our programs, click here.

To view our Impact Statement, click here.

To take a tour of CARE House, click here.

 

For our current Board of Directors, click here.
For Employment Opportunities, click here.
For our Financials, click here.
For Upcoming Events, click here.

Position:  Volunteer Coordinator

Department:  Volunteer Services

Supervisor:  Director of Volunteers & Community Development

Part Time: 3 days (24 hours) per week

Responsibilities:

  1. Determine number of volunteers and skills needed for each department, reception desk coverage, and special events.
  2. Recruit, select, train, and perform background checks on all volunteers. Maintain appropriate files ensuring security clearances, confidentiality statements, timesheets, etc. are on file.
  3. Schedule/assign work and monitor performance of volunteers. Serve as volunteer as needed.
  4. Develop relationships with volunteer staff through ongoing training, recognition, and meaningful opportunities for regular participation.
  5. Represent CARE House at community events as needed.
  6. Assist with Holiday Wishes Program.
  7. Perform all other duties as assigned.

Experience Required: Three months of volunteer experience is required and event planning or volunteer management experience is preferred.

Language Skills: Bilingual language skills are preferred.

Physical Abilities: Must be able to utilize a computer to do data entry

Other Requirements: Requires excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.  Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and proof of automobile insurance.  Moderate travel to special events is required.

 

Interested applicants should contact Wendy Gueth with their resumes and a description of their volunteer experience and responsibilities at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posted January 2, 2018

Position:  Nurturing Parenting Program Coordinator

Department:  Prevention

Supervisor:  Program Director

Responsibilities:

  1. Complete outreach, recruitment, and enrollment of families for the group.
  2. Complete data collection and required documentation for the program.
  3. Supervise the implementation of the program on site and manage logistics (food, transportation, etc.).
  4. Manage volunteer information – including volunteer group assignment.
  5. Facilitate debrief sessions with volunteers and facilitators after each class.
  6. Complete ordering and managing supplies for the program.
  7. Facilitate parent group as needed.
  1. Provide community referrals as needed to group participants.
  2. File reports based on knowledge or suspicion of abuse, in compliance with the Michigan Child Protection Law.
  3. Perform all other duties as assigned.

Education Required: Bachelor’s degree in social work or other human services degree.

Experience Required: A minimum of one year experience in facilitating a group, either a discussion group or treatment group. 

Language Skills:  Bilingual language skills are preferred.

Other Requirements: Must have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.  Must have knowledge regarding the dynamics of child abuse, crisis management skills, and knowledge of community resources.  Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and proof of automobile insurance.  Minimal travel to community agencies, training locations, and special events.

Interested applicants should contact Wendy Gueth with their resumes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Posted January 2, 2018

 

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Child abuse doesn't just affect the victim or their family. Its repercussions affect entire communities over multiple generations. It is a community problem which requires a community solution.

For this reason, individuals working in certain professions (school faculty and employees, counselors, medical providers, law enforcement, clergy, child care and social workers, and more) are required by law to report suspicions of child abuse to the Department of Health and Human Services, and risk facing a fine and/or jail time if they are found to be in noncompliance.

CARE House offers in-person certification training for these mandated reporters and now, thanks to the generosity of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation, we are pleased to offer a version of this training online. It takes 20-30 minutes and a certificate will be emailed to you upon completion of the training.

To schedule an in-person Mandated Reporter training, visit our scheduling page.

To view the Michigan Child Protection Law, click here.

To view MDHHS's additional supplementary videos, click here.

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If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected in Michigan, call (855) 444-3911. The number is toll free and open to call 24 hours a day.