Each day, 13 children are reported abused or neglected in Montgomery County- 13 children who have to relive their nightmare as they tell their painful story to those who will and need to listen. It’s for the worst of these cases that CARE House exists and it’s for these children that we need to provide a place safe from harm- a place where the smallest voices can be heard and where abused and neglected children can begin to heal.
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CARE House is such a place. It is where physically and sexually abused kids only have to tell their painful story once. A multi-disciplinary team of specially trained social workers, doctors, child protection workers, therapists, attorneys, victim advocates and detectives from all law enforcement agencies in Montgomery County work together to ensure these abused kids don’t fall through the cracks. It’s the promise of CARE House, a children’s advocacy center.
The current CARE House facility is more than 100 years old, located across the street from Dayton Children’s. Although the facility has a very charming character, it simply can no longer efficiently accommodate the number of children and families that come through its door each day.
Unfortunately, the number of children seen at CARE House keeps growing every year. The 4,797 cases of abuse reported in Montgomery County in 2010 represented a 16.2 percent increase from the previous year.
We are embarking on a $2.1 million campaign to build a new children’s advocacy center for Montgomery County. The new CARE house will be located on Valley Street on Dayton Children’s campus. The new center will double its current size and will include:
- A charming covered front porch to welcome families
- A warm and cozy reception area where kids feel safe
- Two sound-proof, child-friendly interview and observation rooms for forensic interviews
- State-of-the-art recording equipment to capture a child’s story
- An inviting kitchen filled with snacks and juice boxes for every child
- And much more! Download the campaign brochure to find out what else the new facility will include!
Ways to Give
Your tax-deductible gift will keep the promise to our kids that there will be a place where they can be safely heard. Pledges can be paid over a three-year period and may be paid in cash, securities or other personal property.
Because Dayton Children’s is the fiscal agent for CARE House, please make checks payable to "Dayton Children’s” and write “CARE House Campaign” in the memo section. You can also give online and designate CARE House campaign.
Gifts of $1,000 or more will be recognized on our donor wall. Naming opportunities are also available.
We hope you will consider helping us build this new center- a promise to all children in our community that we will provide the collaborative care they need.
Please contact the development department at Dayton Children's with any questions. 937-641-3405
CARE House Campaign Committee
- Mathias Heck, Jr., Campaign Chair
- Deb Armanini
- Elaine Bettman
- Gayle Bullard
- Anne Dettmer
- John Ey
- Angela Frydman
- Vicki Giambrone - VP for marketing, development and external relations
- Leslie Keller-Biehl
- Libby Nicholson - Director, CARE House
- Jena Pado -Director of development
- Gary Peterson, MD
- Nancy Peterson
- Beth Redden - Director of Major Gifts
- Linda Reed
- Jenni Roer
- Patti Schear
- Lori Vavul-Roediger, MD
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