The CARE House began in 2004 when Law Enforcement identified a need for a more effective and efficient facility to provide forensic services to victims of maltreatment. A permanent location was found and renovations began shortly after. In October of 2006, the CARE House opened their doors for the first time at the new facility; we also obtained Non-profit status in December of the same year. The first Board of Directors meeting was held in March of 2007. We officially obtained National Accreditation in September of 2009.
To date, CARE House has served over 8,000 children in need of our services. CARE House started out with its primary focus on forensic interviews and forensic medical exams. Over the last ten years, we have broadened our focus to encompass therapies to help children through the whole process of healing from their trauma. We provide Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Alternatives for Families: a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. We also provide advocacy to every family that walks through our doors. As we have grown, we have still maintained our focus on helping children of the Pee Dee.
As a children’s advocacy center, CARE House of the Pee Dee’s mission is to promote help, hope, and healing in a nurturing environment to child abuse victims and their families, through supportive services and prevention.