During the child’s interview, LifeHouse staff meet with the non-offending family members to provide additional support, inform them about specialized therapeutic services and community resources, and provide an understanding of the legal process. The advocate also provides family members with educational information that can be used to better equip them to deal with the circumstance. Our victim advocates are trained to refer families to professionals and agencies that have special training, skills and services in trauma and victimization.

LifeHouse also provides comfort bags and has an emergency clothing closet on site. Children often need hygiene items and clothing due to financial difficulties or neglect. A child may also have been rescued directly from a crime scene without shoes, hoodies, etc.