CARES keeps caring by helping children and families begin to heal.
CARES' healing services continue after the medical assessment is complete. Before leaving our facility, children and their parents or guardians meet with the child and family advocate. She evaluates their needs and refers them to counseling, medical/dental care, food, clothing, transportation, gas, day care, housing - a wide range of community resources to meet their basic needs. The advocate stays in touch with clients for 90 days to be sure they receive the help they need. Here are two true examples of how we CARE:
Two siblings were brought to CARES with their grandparents for evaluation after one of the children had witnessed one parent kill the other, then commit suicide. The grandparents lived in a remote area with no access to therapeutic services. The elderly couple could not drive the long, mountain roads in winter months to a city for the kids' therapy. The child advocate found temporary counseling services through the children's new school, then followed up until they could be enrolled with a counseling agency.
A pregnant mother brought her two small children to CARES for a medical assessment after suspecting her husband had sexually abused the older daughter, who was not his child. Her suspicions were confirmed by our medical examination. Faced with becoming a single parent of three children with no income while on maternity leave with her new baby, the frightened mother turned to our advocate for help. CARES staff personally contacted the manager of a low-income housing complex and assisted the mom with the application.
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