What We Do
C.A.R.E.S. stands for Child Abuse Response and Evaluation Services. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in Douglas County in 1994. We offer a caring, multidisciplinary approach to child abuse interventions, coordinating services to support the child and family from the time of disclosure to the court process, as needed. We serve children from birth to 17 years of age who may be, or are currently at risk of being, victims of physical or sexual abuse.
Our services include assessment interviews by professionals specially trained to work with children, medical exams, counseling for children and families and referrals/coordination with other community resources.
Our facility is designed to be a family-friendly, neutral setting where the needs of the child are first priority and the focus is on reducing trauma sometimes associated with the investigation process and helping begin the process of healing. Our services are provided at no charge to families.
Referrals are normally received from law enforcement, child welfare, the District Attorney’s Office, the Juvenile Department, schools, healthcare providers and counselors. We anticipate serving as many as 600 children in 2016.
“Children are one third of our population and all of our future.”Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981