What We Do
Childrenz Haven provides direct services to families of children or mentally challenged adults who may have been victims of sexual abuse, serious physical abuse, neglect, abduction, drug endangered, or witness to violent crimes.
Childrenz Haven currently facilitates monthly meetings with community agencies (Polk County Multi-Disciplinary Team) to discuss the needs of the children and families referred to us throughout the life of the criminal case.
Many of our programs offer opportunities for volunteers to get involved. We welcome you to apply as a volunteer.
We provide specialized Forensic Interviews in a child-friendly environment where information is obtained in a non-suggestive, non-threatening manner. The Forensic Interviews are recorded, allowing all professionals involved in a case to simultaneously view both live and recorded interviews, rather than subjecting a child to repeated interviews.
Therapy & Psychological Services
Childrenz Haven offers a variety of services ranging from crisis intervention, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and individual therapy of child victims, siblings, and non-offending caregivers. The purposes of the mental health services provided by Childrenz Haven are to promote healing, to lessen the likelihood of re-victimization and to decrease the ongoing and long-term social, emotional, and developmental outcomes of trauma. Childrenz Haven is committed to providing “best practices,” ensuring children and families receive culturally competent, developmentally appropriate, trauma-focused therapy. Childrenz Haven recognizes the profound importance of caregiver involvement in each child’s healing and provides the mental health services and support needed to assist parents.
Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children
An evidence-informed prevention solution that shows organization administrators, staff, and volunteers how to implement effective prevention policies, recognize the signs of sexual abuse in children, and react responsibly if abuse occurs.
DCAC: Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse
A training designed for all staff and volunteers who work with children in a school, day care, church, medical, camp or extracurricular environment.
DCAC: Keeping Your Children Safe in the Real and Virtual World
Helping parents and interested community members understand the realities of child abuse, empower them to talk with children about personal safety, and minimize potential for abuse.
DCAC: You Are Not Alone
Designed for Children ages 8-14 to teach them the basics of personal safety in both the real and virtual world.
Sunflower House: P.S. Happy Bear
Happy Bear and staff visit children with an interactive play that introduces the basics of recognizing, resisting, and reporting. The curriculum activities build upon these concepts and include: identifying welcome & unwelcome touches, identifying private parts, recognizing personal space, and identifying people to tell.
Family Advocacy is available to provide much needed guidance and support to the non-offending caregivers throughout the initial investigative process and beyond.