Children's Advocacy Center
- Organizations, Non-Profit
Hope House is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of child abuse in our community. We provide a path to recovery and a bridge to justice for victims of abuse. Hope House plays a very unique role in our community. While we are often confused with other agencies, we are the ONLY agency that provides forensic interviews for children who allege physical or sexual abuse, neglect, exposure to pornography, or exposure to violence and who work collaboratively with other agencies. Additionally, we are a ?stand alone? organization which means that we are not affiliated with any other agency. We certainly work collaboratively with law enforcement, the district attorney?s office, and the Dept. of Child and Family Services; however, our goal is to facilitate communication among these different agencies so that children are protected and justice is served. As a ?stand alone? agency, we are dependent on the support of the community and donations to continue our work. We serve both St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. On average, we provide forensic interviews for about 250 children annually. Statistically, one in ten children will be sexually abused before the age of 18. These numbers are staggering. Additionally, we provide child abuse prevention training for anyone who is interested.