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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Abuse Prevention, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Foster Care, Hot Lines & Crisis Intervention, Mental Health

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.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 1

Hello, I am a child that had a case in Childhelp. I was sexually abused by my stepmother, I have physical evidence and memories, but they called my whole case of because that psychopathic woman passed a polygraph. That ruined me emotionally and I have zero justice. It's supposed to be CHILDhelp, not abuserhelp. You helped my abuser get away with what they did....thanks...


Client Served

Rating: 1

They really need to work on training the people who answer their 1-800-4-A-CHILD hotline. Here is an email I sent to employees at ChildHelp after my experience. I NEVER received a response. I called 1-800-4-A-CHILD to vent to a counselor about my baby, who had been crying for several minutes and nothing had seemed to console him.

I was at my wits' end and I needed to have someone listen to me. Instead, your counselor interrupted me and said the way I'm speaking about my child is disrespectful and it makes her want to turn me in.

Excuse me.

I have experienced various counseling situations, and I have been trained in listening for caregiving purposes. I have never encountered such incompetence at counseling as I did with this woman.

Instead of listening to and validating what I was saying, she passed judgment on me.

I called back at 10:30 a.m. and asked the name of her supervisor. She said the counselors didn't have a supervisor.

She then began arguing with me and she told me I needed to take a parenting class! Then she hung up on me.

I am a conscientious parent who occasionally needs some support. Next time I need support, I will NOT be calling your hotline.

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