We are committed to the multi-discipline approach to child abuse investigations. We provide services and programs to serve child victims of abuse and their families.

  • Forensic Interviews for the purpose of investigation and disclosure of abuse.
  • Crisis Intervention and emotional support through our Family Advocacy Program.
  • Child Friendly, Home-like Atmosphere in which children can feel safe and cared for during the interviewing process.
  • Therapy is for child victims. Individual, group, and play therapy are offered. Non-offending family members may also receive these services. In addition, support groups are offered for both children and adults.
  • Extended Forensic Evaluations (4-8 sessions) are on a limited basis when abuse is strongly suspected but no disclosure was made.
  • “Kids Kort” is a specially designed program to acquaint children with the court process and vocabulary associated with the legal profession, as they relate to individual cases.
  • Court Support is extended to any family whose case goes to court. Members of the Owens House CAC Staff are to attend court, testify, and provide a save place for children to wait if they are involved in the court proceedings.
  • Community Resources Board and Staff members may present programs to civic, community, and church groups about the services Owen House CAC provides, along with information and statistics about child abuse / neglect reports. Tours, programs, and presentations are provided upon request.
  • Educational Services are offered for children in elementary and intermediate schools. Three age-appropriate abuse prevention programs are used for children in grades kindergarten through third. Conflict resolution programs are presented for 4th and 5th graders.
  • Parenting Classes are free of charge with three 10 week courses being taught at appropriate intervals during the year.
  • Resource Library: books, tapes, and other materials are available for children and their families to check out. In addition, a professional resource section is provided for those working on child abuse cases.
  • Professional Continuing Education is necessary for all professionals working in child abuse. Opportunities are provided for members of the multi-disciplinary team and extend to professionals and nonprofessionals who work with children.
  • Child Abuse Preventions Campaign: each year in April, a major campaign is launched by Owens House CAC to make the community aware of the magnitude of the problem in our county.
  • Child Advocacy: Owens House CAC is a member of the Alabama Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, the National Children’s Alliance, and the American Professional Society for Abused Children.