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Libby Nicholson, MSSW, LISW-S

director, CARE House

Libby Nicholson is the director of CARE House, the Montgomery County children’s advocacy center for children and families affected by child abuse and neglect. Throughout her career, Libby has worked to protect the community’s children. Her experience as a social worker at Montgomery County Children Services and at Dayton Children’s showed her the need for a coordinated response to child abuse. Through her participation on the Child Protection Task Force, she learned of children’s advocacy centers. CARE House opened in 1999 with Libby as its director. Since then, over 8,000 children have received services.

CARE House is a founding member of the Ohio Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers. When CARE House was first established, it was one of seven children’s advocacy centers in the state. Today there are 26 children’s advocacy centers in Ohio. This network is a chapter of the National Children’s Alliance which is the accrediting body for children’s advocacy centers nationwide.

Thanks to the leadership of CARE House, two other children’s advocacy centers were established in the Dayton region. The Child Advocacy Center of Warren County opened in 2007 and Michael’s House in Greene County opened in 2008.

Libby is also the 2013 recipient of the Brother Raymond L. Fitz Award which honors someone who exemplifies Brother Ray’s dedication to nurturing and protecting children and families by his or her daily efforts in the community.

topics for media interviews:

  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Preventing child abuse
  • Women in leadership roles
  • Services available for families and children

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