A Children's Advocacy Center is designed to help children and their families deal with traumatic situations, such as abuse, neglect, and victimization all under one roof. This process was designed to lessen the trauma the child and family experience so healing can begin.
As a Children's Advocacy Center, Harmony Home works in close relation to Child Protective Services and local law enforcement to pave a way for prosecution to be completed and justice to be served to our children and families. MDT partners can submit a Direct Referral by clicking here.
Prior to the existence of Children’s Advocacy Centers, abused children had to relay their experience with multiple people several different times. Here at Harmony Home Children’s Advocacy Center, we believe in breaking a child's silence and healing their hurt with minimizing their trauma with one Forensic Interview.
Our Forensic Interviewers are specially trained to speak with children whom have experienced sexual, physical or emotional abuse or criminal neglect. Each interview is conducted with a narrative, non-leading approach in a neutral environment where children feel comfortable. The process is recorded and made accessible to investigating officials directly involved with the case, eliminating the need for repetition of a child's traumatic experience.
Harmony Home's Family Advocates serve as the foundation for support and liaison for children and their non-offending caregivers. Advocates assist families with obtaining services from Harmony Home and local agencies. They work with families to help them understand social services, law enforcement and judicial systems, and how these systems may affect them. Families that come to Harmony Home are able to continue receiving help from Family Advocates throughout the child abuse case and until the child(ren) turn 18 or graduate from High School.
Harmony Home offers Trauma Focused therapy to all child victims and their non-offending family members. Our Therapists are trained in Trauma Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through CACTX to better serve the children and adults seen at Harmony Home. All can be done with one on one sessions or in support groups. All children and their non-offending family members are encouraged to attend therapy to help enhance their coping skills and heal as a family from the abuse that has occurred.
Harmony Home works proactively to prevent child abuse in all seven counties we serve. Our prevention staff educates children and adults on the prevalence of abuse and ways to promote safety awareness. Adults who complete Darkness to Light are taught how to prevent, recognize, and respond to outcries of child sexual abuse as well as how to report abuse to authorities. Children grades Kinder through 5th are taught through Child Safety Matters, a two-part curriculum that builds their understanding of the four types of abuse as well as five safety rules to follow. The lessons then dive into real-life scenarios surrounding safe and unsafe adults, bullying, digital dangers, and shared responsibility for safety.