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

Begin by completing a CARE House Volunteer Application.

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After an application is received, an interview at CARE House will be scheduled. Once a new volunteer has been accepted into the CASA Program, CARE House provides extensive training before the Advocate is assigned a case by the court.

You do not need any special kind of education or experience to serve as a CASA volunteer. We will provide you with all the training and support to serve as an effective advocate. The CASA course work consists of 30 hours of training at CARE house, designed to be a self-paced learning experience. Each CASA volunteer will also need to undergo a background check.

In addition, you will participate in courtroom observation to watch trained advocates in action. All training is completed before you work directly with children on a case. Classroom sessions are offered at a variety of times and dates.

 

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a court advocacy program servicing neglected and abused children who are court wards of the Circuit Court – Family Division. The CASA program trains teaches and supports Volunteer Advocates, who are court-appointed to various child neglect cases.  Our program is affiliated with National CASA.

The children served by CASA, who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect, are the primary focus of our Advocates' involvement with their assigned cases. Once appointed, a CASA Advocate remains on the case until the children are placed in a loving permanent home.

In several cases, the same Advocate has supported the child for over two years, providing the critical element of constancy in the child's life.

 

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Why CASA?

Every neglected or abused child who comes into the Oakland County Family Court is vulnerable, experiencing acute feelings of loss and uncertainty.  Volunteer advocates offer the courts critical information to help them ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.

A CASA Story:

A young sister and brother who are in the foster care system – Becky, age 5, and Tommy, age 7 – were recently asked what they wanted their family to be like.

Here’s what they wrote:

WE WANT:

  • Not to have to go from foster home to foster home.
  • A parent who cares for us and kisses us goodnight.
  • My own room, if possible.
  • Mom and Dad time.
  • Parents who won’t be mean to me.
  • Someone to pack my lunch and help me with my homework.
  • Not to worry about what I’m going to eat or if I’ll be on the street.

Luckily, Becky and Tommy have a CASA volunteer to advocate for their needs in the courtroom. Their CASA is helping to get them placed in a safe, loving and permanent home, where they will find the family they dream about.

If you're interested in becoming a CASA, contact Brenda Baker-Mbacke at 248.332.7173 ext. 205 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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"Words are not enough to explain the good work that happens at CARE House. 

You have to see it with your own eyes. 

I’m so glad I did.”

  

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The Seeds of Hope tour is an informal way to learn more about the CARE House mission.

Please attend and bring a friend. There is no charge.

Follow the links below to save your spot - or, contact Chad Ozias for a reservation, or for any additional questions you may have.

248.332.7173 ext.206    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

UPCOMING SEEDS OF HOPE TOUR DATES & TIMES:

Tuesday, May 14th, from 12:00 - 1:00pm

Tuesday, June 11th, from 12:00 - 1:00pm

Tuesday, June 26th, from 6:00 - 7:00pm

Tuesday, July 9th, from 12:00 - 1:00pm

Tuesday, August 13th, from 12:00 - 1:00pm

Tuesday, September 10th, from 12:00 - 1:00pm

Tuesday, October 8th, from 12:00 - 1:00pm

Tuesday, November 12th, from 12:00 - 1:00pm

Tuesday, December 3rd, from 12:00 - 1:00pm

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Additional times and dates for tours can be arranged for groups or organizations seeking to learn more about the mission.

 

 

 

 

For more information about the CARE House, call 248.332.7173.

 

Contact: CARE House of Oakland County 44765 Woodward Avenue Pontiac, Michigan 48341-5021

Telephone: 248.332.7173 Fax: 248:333.1539 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Blythe Spitsbergen, Executive Director - 248-332-7173 ext. 401 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM - 2 PM

Evening Hours:

Location:
44765 Woodward Avenue, Pontiac, MI 48341

 

Map/directions:

 

 

 

CARE House is governed by a Board of Directors composed of community leaders:

 

2018-2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Marla Feldman - Chair
S. Eliot Weiner - Vice Chair
Donald R. Kegley, Jr - Treasurer
Murry Pierce - Secretary

Denise Abrash
Kathy Abrash
Jeana Asmaro
Diane K. Bert, PhD
Nikki Braddock
Melody Bryant
David Charlip
Christopher Corden
Kevin Cronin
Vincent Giovanni
Elise Guidos
Susan Ivanovic, MD
Capt. Michael Johnson
Lisa MacDonald
Renee McLeod
Frederick Morsches
Lisa A. Payne
Maryclare Pulte
Hon. Henry Saad
Gabrielle L. Sims
Amber Stack
Shannon Striebich
Stacy Sturgill
Kathleen Trott
Cathy Weissenborn
Barbara Whittaker

 

CARE House's Administrative and Program Directors

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of Community Education

 

 

 

CARE House provides programs and services for children and families which span a continuum of care. All programs and services are provided at no cost to the children and families served.

Advocacy – The CASA [Court-Appointed Special Advocates] Program provides volunteer advocates for children who have been removed from their homes and are wards of the court due to abuse and neglect. To learn more about the CASA program, click here.

Community Outreach – The Stewards of Children child abuse prevention education teaches adults how to take responsibility for stopping child sexual abuse. To learn more about Stewards of Children, click here.

Intervention – When abuse is suspected, CARE House provides a safe place where a child's voice can be heard. It coordinates a multi-disciplinary team [MDT] to observe a forensic interview of the child victim. To learn more about Intervention services, click here.

Prevention- Early Head Start provides in-home Family Specialists for vulnerable families, from pre-natal support until the child reaches age of three. To learn more about Prevention services, click here.

Treatment – Individual therapy, a therapy group for teen girls, and weekly Family Support Group, all help guide child victims and their non-offending family members on the path to healing. To learn more about Therapeutic services, click here.

For more information about the CARE House, call 248.332.7173.

 

CARE House is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of community leaders:

2016-2017 BOARD OF TRUSTEES:

  • Amber Stack, President
  • Carol Curtis, Vice President
  • Lisa A. Payne, Treasurer
  • Brier Neel, Secretary
  • Denise Abrash
  • Diane K. Bert, PhD
  • Alicia Boler-Davis
  • Nikki Braddock
  • David Charlip
  • Kevin Cronin
  • Marla Feldman
  • Vincent Giovanni
  • Elise Guidos
  • Susan Ivanovic, MD
  • Capt. Michael Johnson
  • Donald R. Kegley, Jr.
  • Lisa MacDonald
  • Tracy Muscat
  • Murry Pierce
  • Maryclare Pulte
  • Tamara Rambus
  • Gabrielle Sims
  • Shannon Striebich
  • Stacy Sturgill
  • Kathleen Trott
  • Cathy Weissenborn
  • Brian Wolfe
  • Scott Wolffis