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Sara’s House

The C/SARA Foundation, Inc. “Sara’s House” is a child friendly facility for sexually and physically abused children serving Cater, Love, Marshall, Murray and Johnston Counties. This program offers a coordinated multidisciplinary team of partner agencies including the District Attorney’s Office, Law Enforcement, Department of Human Services, Medical and Mental Health Professionals and Child Advocacy Center Staff. These agencies work together to ensure the proper joint investigation of child abuse cases.

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Child Abuse Evaluation in a “Child Friendly” Environment serving Carter, Love, Marshall, Murray, and Johnston Counties. This program offers a coordinated multidisciplinary team of partner agencies including the District Attorney, Law Enforcement, Department of Human Serves, Medical and Mental Health Professionals and Child Advocacy Center Staff. These agencies work together to ensure the proper joint investigation of child abuse.

Benefits of Sara’s House

  • Child Friendly Facility
  • Reduces trauma for the child
  • Investigative “Team” approach
  • Forensic Interviews
  • Victim and Family Advocacy Services
  • On-site examinations
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Strengthened investigations
  • Backpacks containing essential items
  • Education and outreach to the community

“What a blessing this place was for my little girl. When she shared with me that she had been sexually abused my world was shattered. At the Center, she only had to tell her story one time to one person. The nurse was contacted and they did her medical exam on-site. Their staff scheduled an appointment with the counselor for the next day. I can’t imagine going through this horrible experience without this wonderful place.” –a thankful parent

History

The C/SARA Foundation (Crisis Support and Resource Association) became a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization formed in December of 1991. The foundation’s exclusive function is for charitable and educational purposes, primarily for providing assistance for research, development, implementation and long-term support of crisis management and intervention programs in the schools and community. These goals were based on the fact that awareness and appropriate management of emotional, psychic and physical trauma in children may prevent later dysfunction and disability.

In 1998, C/SARA Foundation undertook the development of a residential Child Advocacy Center to help reduce trauma to child victims of sexual and physical abuse. “Sara’s House” serves the children of Carter, Love, Marshall, Murray and Johnston Counties and has been modeled to assist other communities and counties in Oklahoma in the area of child abuse prevention and treatment.

In 2000, C/SARA Foundation established training in suicide intervention. Front-line personnel from southern Oklahoma communities are acquiring the skills they need to train police, firefighters, health care, teachers, and other professionals in recognizing the signs of suicide and developing skills for prevention and invention.
In 2008 the development of the Sexual Assault Response Team was completed. Adult victims of sexual assault now have a private more confidential setting for medical assessment. This community collaboration benefits both clients and agencies in Carter, Love, Marshall, Murray and Johnston Counties.

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