A Place of Refuge

Who We Are

We are a children’s advocacy center located in Shelby County, Alabama. Our office is a house just like any other, committed to providing a place of refuge and opportunities for justice and healing to the children we serve.

Our Mission

Our mission is to equip the Shelby County Community to protect, strengthen, and restore those who have experienced child abuse and trauma.

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Prevent

Detect

Assess

Investigate

Prosecute

Child Abuse Cases

Our vision is to stop child abuse and provide healing to those who have experienced trauma.

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Price Breakdown

Family Advocacy
$75/hour
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Family advocates provide continued emotional support and resources to caregivers of children who have experienced trauma. This service ensures caregivers are informed about the process, and are equipped with all the information and resources they need in order to navigate life in the wake of child abuse and trauma.
Counseling
$100/session
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Owens House has two licensed counselors on staff who are specially trained to work with children who have experienced trauma. These women are highly qualified, and provide an incredibly refined service, all at no cost to the client.
Forensic Interviews
$150/session
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Forensic interviews are one-on-one conversations between a child and trained professional, designed to streamline the judicial process in child abuse cases. Before F.I.s, children would have to speak to all involved parties, creating emotional fatigue and re-traumatization. But, F.I.s allow the child to tell their story once in a safe, nurturing, non-judgmental environment, granting them the chance to move more quickly towards recovery.
Our personal experience with the counselors and staff provided a safe haven and refuge during the turbulent times of my daughter’s sexual abuse recovery and our court preparations.
Our personal experience with the counselors and staff provided a safe haven and refuge during the turbulent times of my daughter’s sexual abuse recovery and our court preparations.

What to Except

We know that discovering a child or loved one requires our services can be quite overwhelming. Please read below to get acquainted with the process, or feel free to email our Family Advocate at torio@owenshouse.org with specific questions.

  • What are Forensic Interviews? One-on-one conversations between a child and a specially trained interviewer. Forensic interviews follow a precise, evidence-based protocol in order to ensure accurate information is gathered about the topic or event in question.
  • Who conducts the interview? We have one interviewer on staff and she is an unbiased, non-judgmental individual who was specifically trained to conduct developmentally- appropriate, fact-finding interviews with children. To date, our interviewer has performed over 2,000 F.I.s, conducting around 40 each month.
  • How long will the interview last? Duration of interviews varies on a case-to-case basis, but they last on average one hour per child.
  • Do I get to watch or listen to the interview? No, only the appropriate DHR, law enforcement, and other multidisciplinary team personnel watch the interview as it is being recorded. But, our interviewer will pull you back for a consultation following the interview to discuss findings and next steps with the team working the child’s case.
  • What is an MDT and who is on it? The MDT (Multidisciplinary Team) is the group of people dedicated to supporting you and your child throughout their case. We at Owens House coordinate the Shelby County MDT, and it is comprised of law enforcement, medical personnel, DHR agents, social workers, and the District Attorney’s office. The Shelby County MDT has one common goal: to protect the children in our community. Thus, we collaborate on every case and meet monthly to review each individual we have served and how we can continue to advocate, provide for, and protect them.
  • How frequently will my child come? Initially, we suggest the child come to counseling once a week as they begin to process their trauma. Then, as the child heals and becomes more self-sufficient, frequency can decrease to every other week or once a month at your and the counselor’s discretion.
  • What model do the counselors use? Our counselors are trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), which is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma. Learn more about TF-CBT here: https://www.tfcbt.org/
  • Do I get to meet my child’s counselor? Yes! Prior to your child’s first appointment, our counselors conduct what is called a Parent Intake, granting you the opportunity to get to know your child’s counselor and express any concerns or questions you may have.
  • What does counseling cost? Nothing! Every service provided by Owens House is 100% free to the client and their family.
  • Do you offer counseling for parents/non-offending caregivers? No, but we do have resources for parents as they navigate both their child’s and their own pain. First, we have our Family Advocate who is available to speak with you about any questions or concerns. She can also provide referrals to counseling providers who are equipped to walk you through your own healing journey.

Contact us

Owens House CAC
The Shelby County Children’s
Advocacy Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 1145
Columbiana, AL 35051
Phone: 205-669-3333
Email: haleyh@owenshouse.org

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