Mission: Childhelp exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. We focus our efforts on advocacy, prevention, treatment and community outreach.
Programs: Residential - the childhelp merv griffin village in beaumont, california, and the childhelp alice c. Tyler village in lignum, virginia are childhelp's long-term residential treatment facilities. These facilities house child victims of severe neglect and abuse who require special attention with regard to behavioral and emotional well-being. Combined, the two villages housed an estimated 270 children and provided over 9,000 services last year. These villages are located in rural settings allowing the program to utilize treatment such as animal assisted therapy, art therapy and organized wilderness activities (over 300 recreational therapeutic activities). Other childhelp residential facilities include group homes in california.
advocacy/diagnostic - childhelp provides advocacy and education for issues of child abuse, neglect and at-risk children and youth. Childhelp's advocacy programs include child advocacy centers, which provide a one-stop location for integrated services from law enforcement, county social service agencies, pediatricians and trauma-focused mental health therapists. Childhelp has advocacy centers in arizona, colorado, tennessee and virginia and a mobile advocacy unit in northern arizona. In fiscal year 2014, these advocacy centers provided services to over 9,000 children and worked on more than 3,000 new cases of suspected child abuse. Education services include childhelp's public awareness and education initiatives such as the childhelp's speak up be safe(r) virtual learning portal for personal body safety program reaching children in 40 states and 10 countries and reaching at least 50,000 children. Childhelp outreach and awareness facilities include childhelp community center in avondale, arizona, which served more than 1,100 children and adults in the fiscal year ended in 2014. Additonally the merv griffin village in beaumont, california, provided non public school education to over 300 children, and alice c tyler village in lignum, virginia, provided non public school education to over 300 children.
education - the childhelp non-public schools (nps) of merv griffin village in beaumont, california and the alice c. Tyler village in lignum, virginia cater to children who require a therapeutic environment as a component of their elementary or secondary education. The non-public schools serve students with extreme emotional disturbances that cannot be accommodated in a public school. The non-public schools provide high quality supervision, structure and individual programming designed to transition the child to a functional level in society. The two schools served approximately 850 students in the fiscal year ended in 2014 with a combined capacity of more than 180 students.
After working with this organization, I have nothing but praise to give regarding the work they do in AZ and California for children and families impacted by child abuse. I am honored to be a member of the AZ Advisory Board, and to participate in the future work underway for AZ children. This organization and the founders are changing the course of lives through the programs they created in prevention, intervention and treatment of child abuse.
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I am a huge advocate for the Childhelp organization. I have had the opportunity to get to know several key people in the organization, and I have witnessed the love and dedication that they have for helping children. I sent the Merv Griffin Village a large box of new clothing for the children, and I not only received a personalized letter of appreciation from the founders, but they also left a voice message on my cell phone thanking me for my donation. I have never received such a sincere gesture of gratitude from any other organization, but it wasn't the gratitude of thanks that made Childhelp my first choice charity to support. It's what they have actually done to prove their words and commitment to treating and preventing child abuse. You don't receive a Nobel Peace nomination for overpaying your organization's leaders as one reviewer claimed, and if you receive five consecutive nominations, you must be doing something pretty damn amazing! I will continue to support Childhelp, because I trust the leadership and direction of the organization as long as Sara & Yvonne are involved. The organization's motto, "For the love of a child", says it all. Those words are the reason for Childhelp's actions and existence, and there is no one who can honestly deny that as the truth.