Beyond its effective approach to child abuse cases, the Santa Rosa Kids’ House offers on site specialized sexual abuse therapy to help child victims and their families recover from their abuse.
A highly trained Lutheran Services Counselor provides individual therapy, child group therapy, and non-offending parents’ group therapy. These services ensure that victims are able to process their abuse experience and learn strategies to keep themselves safe in the future, while helping their non-offending caregivers support their recovery and provide safe environments within which they can transcend their abuse.
These services ensure that victims are able to process their abuse experience and learn strategies to keep themselves safe in the future, while helping their non-offending caregivers support their recovery and provide safe environments within which they can transcend their abuse.
Clinicians also serve on the Multidisciplinary Team to provide input regarding a child’s recovery process, family support and ongoing service needs.
More often than not, perpetrators of child abuse were abused themselves as children.
In order to stop the cycle of abuse Santa Rosa Kids’ House staff members participate in community outreach to increase public awareness about healthy relationships, child abuse and the recovery process.
Education and Professional Development
With its two conference rooms and kitchen facilities, the Santa Rosa Kids’ House is uniquely designed to host professional meetings, inter-agency collaborative and professional training on issues relating to child abuse and child abuse prevention.
Santa Rosa Kids House Financial Support
The Santa Rosa Kids’ House relies on community donations and grant funding for its operations. All services provided by the agencies that comprise the Multidisciplinary Team at the Santa Rosa Kids’ House are funded through state and federal funds, grant funds and private donations.
Law enforcement, social workers, medical professionals, school personnel, family members and community members refer alleged victims of abuse.
In a warm, homelike environment, a professional who specializes in working with abuse victims of all ages interviews a child which can be viewed on electronic monitoring equipment by representatives of the local law enforcement, the Department of Children and Families, and the State Attorney’s Office. The child is then given a medical exam designed to detect the physical symptoms of abuse.
The Santa Rosa Kids’ House has had a tremendous positive impact on hundreds of children in Santa Rosa County, Florida. Children suffering abuse are referred by law enforcement, social workers, medical professionals, family or neighbors to the house. Here, in a warm, home-like environment, a child is interviewed by a professional who specializes in working with abuse victims of all ages. In order to keep distractions to a minimum, representatives of the local police or Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Children and Families, and the State Attorney’s Office may watch the interview via electronic monitoring equipment. The interview is recorded for possible use in judicial proceedings. Then, following a medical exam designed to detect the physical symptoms of abuse, the professionals discuss each case and work toward a quick resolution. Because all of the government branches involved in the protection of children are represented in these meetings, a child can be removed from an abusive environment on the same day he/she is interviewed.
Although many child victims do not need to be removed from their home in order to be safe, some children do require substitute living arrangements in order to secure their safety. In those cases, the Santa Rosa Kids’ House has a fully furnished “respite room” and a fully equipped kitchen to provide for the immediate care of children while safe living arrangements are being secured. During this time, children are also be provided with personal items, clothing and comfort items (stuffed animals, blankets, books) to take with them to their temporary homes.
To ensure that cases proceed in a manner that promotes accuracy in investigations, as well as the well being of the child, professionals in the multidisciplinary team continue to work together to review active cases, following each through to healthy outcomes. To help ensure the best interests of children are continually met, the Santa Rosa Kids’ House also houses court appointed child advocates through the Florida Guardian ad Litem program.
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