Mary Abbott Children's House provides four main types of services to the community:
At the request of law enforcement or an active DHS child protective services investigation, a forensic interview is conducted. Highly trained Abbott House forensic interviewers conduct trauma-informed, child friendly, non-judgmental interviews for children who are suspected victims of child abuse and/or neglect, witness to crime and drug endangered situations.
Abbott House conducts medical assessments on children who are believed to have been the victim of sexual or physical abuse or neglect. Assessments range in scope and detail depending on the nature of the allegation.
When the child and supportive caregiver arrive at Abbott House, the trauma-informed Family Advocate walks them through the process. The Family Advocate educates the caregiver regarding Abbott House services and provides Crime Victims Compensation information. The advocate also helps to prepare the child for the forensic interview process and discusses additional resources and referrals with the caregiver, if necessary. After leaving Abbott House, the advocate remains in contact with the caregiver to ensure that resources are in place to help the child heal from the trauma.
To increase the public's awareness of child abuse, Mary Abbott Children's House offers various educational presentations on how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the issue of child abuse. Presentations are offered to civic groups, church groups, community organizations, or any interested parties.
Visit Safety in Action to download informational handouts or schedule an awareness training.