“100 Women Who Care” choose to support victims of child abuse
$20,700 donated to CARE House child advocacy center building campaign
The Montgomery County child advocacy center CARE House recently became the 21strecipient of financial support from the Dayton group “100 + Women Who Care.” The group of women meets quarterly and each woman pledges to donate $100 to a local charity chosen at each meeting. During their 2ndquarter meeting, CARE House was chosen and received donations from 207 women for a total of $20,700. The money will be put towards a $2 million campaign to build a new CARE House facility.
Angela Frydman of Oakwood, former assistant prosecuting attorney and CARE House campaign member is a participant in the “100 + Women Who Care” group. Libby Nicholson, CARE House director and Denise Jenkins, CARE House prevention specialist are also members of the group. Each meeting three charity suggestions are chosen and five-minute presentations are given by one of the women representing that charity. The membership votes and a majority vote decides which charity will receive the donations that quarter.
Frydman shared about the importance of CARE House and what the system for prosecuting abuse looked like before the implementation of child advocacy centers. Established in 1999, CARE House, serves child abuse victims through a centralized, child-focused approach that brings together law enforcement, child protection services, prosecution, mental health experts, medical professionals and victim advocates to help reduce the trauma victims experience after abuse has been reported.
CARE House is currently located in a 108-year-old Victorian-period home across the street from Dayton Children’s and services more than 600 children a year, often the worst of the nearly 5,000 cases of abuse reported in Montgomery County each year. CARE House involves a partnership between Dayton Children’s, Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, Dayton Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s office and Montgomery County Job and Family Services.
The current CARE House facility is no longer able to efficiently accommodate the growing number of children and families requiring advocacy services. The new center to be located on Dayton Children’s campus will double its current size. Campaign officials expect to break ground later this year.
The new facility is expected to 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
- A case review room for partner agencies to discuss every case and ensure that no child falls through the cracks
- A multipurpose room for group therapy and support groups
- And much more! Download the campaign brochure on the Dayton Children’s website to find out what else the new facility will include!
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