Mission: Our mission is to promote hope, healing, and justice for child victims of abuse and neglect throughout essex county by coordinating investigation, prosecution, treatment, and prevention services. Our vision is to create a community where children are safe, families are strong, and victims become children again.
Programs: Wynona's house is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that facilitates a comprehensive community-based response - a united voice to help protect our most vulnerable. Strategic public and private partnerships provided comprehensive services for more than 961 cases this year, beginning with the report of abuse or neglect, followed by investigation and prosecution phases, intake, triage and multidisciplinary team coordination of services, and continuing through treatment and recovery phases. Wynona's house is made up of an extraordinary partnership of expert child protection, law enforcement, medical doctors and nurses, and mental health providers. We provide coordination of the multi-disciplinary team response, intake and triage of all cases and provided 145 forensic video interviews last year. We provide wrap-around services including case management, crisis intervention, and leveraging our network of resources for children and families in need. Each year we help more than 225 non-offending families and caregivers connect to community-based support and assistance such as counseling, medical care, housing, domestic violence, safety concerns, educational issues, employment, financial assistance, food, clothing and other basic needs. Wynona's house is the only fully co-located child advocacy center in new jersey with law enforcement, medical, mental health, child protection and family advocacy services in one location, with selected services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All services are delivered at no cost to our clients. Family advocacy program clients receive extended service to ensure long-term healing, recovery and family strengthening, for as long as they are in need, including after other partner services have been terminated. Wynona's house is a fully accredited member of the national children's alliance, the national accrediting body for child advocacy centers, and an active member of the new jersey children's alliance and the multi-disciplinary team coordinator's association.