April 13, 2017
Most of us like to remember childhood as a happy and carefree time when our lives were open and absent of worry or fear. The sad truth is that many young people aren't able to experience childhood this way, because they are forced to carry the physical and emotional scars of abuse and neglect. Estimates show that one in ten children will be sexually abused before they turn eighteen, and victims of child abuse are much more likely to grow into adults who suffer from major health problems, abuse drugs and alcohol, exhibit violent and criminal behavior, experience depression and attempt suicide. These children are robbed of proper childhoods, and often of the ability to experience bright, healthy, productive futures.
There is hope for these children - there is CARE House. We work in partnership with local law enforcement and children’s protective services to provide a calm, neutral atmosphere for children who are suspected of being victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, or neglect. For children who disclose abuse, we provide one-on-one and group therapy services, which are also available to their non-offending family members. We additionally provide advocacy services for children in foster care; parental educational services for low-income families with infants and toddlers; and community outreach training opportunities to teach people how to recognize and report child abuse. 5,000 people receive our services each year, and we offer all of them at no cost to our clients.
The same studies that reveal the dire consequences of abuse and neglect show that, with treatment, these children can heal. Your support makes a world of difference for the kids in Oakland County who have had their childhoods stolen from them. Please join us in our goal of impacting the safety of every child in Oakland County.