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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Abuse Prevention, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Counseling, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Mental Health

Mission: To provide services to child victims of abuse and/or neglect, and for children who have witnessed domestic violence.

Programs: Child advocacy - includes the following programs:1. Medical program - enables children suspected of having been physically and/or sexually abused to receive medical evaluation and short-term follow-up treatment. Services are provided at the center by a pediatric doctor and nurse in a child-friendly medical room. 2. Digitally recorded forensic interviews and trial preparation - interviews by law eforcement personnel with child victims regarding allegations of abuse and neglect. Deirdre's house is the only site in morris county where a child victim of abuse and/or neglect can be digitally interviewed by law enforcement, medically examined and treated, and clinically counseled all under one roof. 3. Dear (day education arts recreation) camp - provides wholesome and fun camping experiences to children who have suffered abuse or neglect or witnessed domestic violence. Referrals are provided by partnering non-profit organizations. The children select the camps of interest to them. Scholarships of up to $500 per child are provided for the summer experience. 4. Shine (scholarships helping inspire new expectations) - a program that awards morris county child victims scholarship funds to participate in mainstream community programs or lessons such as art, dance, music, or sports. Scholarships of up to $500 are available. 5. Healing fund - provides funding to assist child victims and their families with crisis and emergency situations, medical health and hygiene costs, and appropriate family and/or school activities. 6. Volunteer program - recruits, trains, monitors, and evaluates a bank of dedicated men and women who lend their helping hands in a variety of capacities in and around the center.

counseling services - provides the following services:1. Individual and family counseling in english and spanish - licensed counselors provide individual and family counseling to child victims, non-offending caregiver (noc's), and survivors of abuse. A comprehensive program of supportive listening, crisis intervention, counseling, case management, support during court proceedings and other case related events, and follow-up are provided. 2. Spanish speaking counseling program - focuses on parents and children of latino families living in morris county who have experienced, or are at risk for abuse or family violence. General counseling services are also available in spanish. 3. Child respite care program - provides on-site respite care for children ages 2-17 while their non-offending caregiver (noc) is pursuing legal protection for the family or related court matters. The goal is to improve the attendance of noc's at necessary legal proceedings. 4. Group counseling - the program provides clinical group counseling for parents and children

various child abuse prevention programs focusing on community education and awareness, including bi-annual conferences on emerging issues regarding child abuse.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The agency regularly seeks to improve/expand the services they provide to children and families. They are solution focused and collaborate well with the larger community. They leverage dollars wherever they can to maintain their current level of programming but it is a constant battle in today's economy. I see families' lives changed for the better through the services this agency offers. They seek to educate the general public about the issues they face and do a good job of drawing experts in the field to support this.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Deirdre’s House is a welcoming, nurturing place for children who have been recent victims of abuse and/or neglect. Instead of being retraumatized by a visit to an emergency room or a police station, the child is welcomed into a homelike setting, where (s)he can be examined in a child-centered examination room, and can be interviewed by a “plain clothes” police officer in a room full of age appropriate toys and furniture, while recording devices and other intimidating electronic equipment are behind closed doors in another room. And since most abuse victims require extensive counseling to heal, Deirdre’s House provides that too. In fact, as other area counseling centers have recently closed, Deirdre’s House is becoming the counseling center of last resort, sometimes the only option for a severely abused child from a family of limited means. Deirdre’s House also provides camp experiences and after school experiences, to help abused and neglected children find enjoyable pastimes and passions in safe, supervised environments. Deirdre’s House is a godsend to Morris County’s (and nearby areas) child abuse victims, and particularly to those from low-income families. Other centers have closed their doors. If Deirdre’s House were ever to do that, it would strike a severe blow for the hundreds of victims it serves.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Deirdre's House gives children who have been robbed of their innocent childhoods another chance at a happy childhood. The crimes of physical, sexual and emotional abuse can leave lasting scars. Deirdre's House is a child friendly place where children can feel safe and secure from further abuse The interior rooms are decorated in age appropriate themes where a child sits in a comfortable setting and is interviewed by only one person. The interview is recorded by hidden cameras which means that the child only needs to tell their story once to one person. The videos of the interviews are often used as evidence in court during the trial of the accused. Children receive forensic examinations from specially trained physicians in a room attractively decorated without looking clinical. Please consider Deirdre's House, a Morris County treasure, when considering financial donations or philanthropic ventures.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Seen as a leader in the community for the work they do. Provides a much needed servicefor children in families in crisis. I woukd love to see them have the fundings and staff available to establish long term counseling services for children and families.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Deirdre's House provides more services for the dollar than any other non-profit organization to which I contribute or on whose board I have served. Maria Savettiere, Deirdre's House Executive Director, seems to have thrown the word "No" out of her vocabulary: she and her staff are tireless in trying to give every child and his family the help they need - - when they need it. It's not easy to hear that child abuse continues to occur routinely - - but at least Deirdre's House is there to help these kids heal and get their lives back on track.