The Child Abuse Reporting Enforcement (C.A.R.E.) Cottage, a division of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, is a combination child advocacy center and victim/witness program. Former Sheriff John Cary Bittick recognized the importance for effective assistance to innocent victims in the county. In an effort to provide core-level victims services to children, and successfully keep all crime victims at the center of the criminal justice process; the C.A.R.E. Cottage opened their doors in 1991. The C.A.R.E. Cottage is designed to be a temporary, non-threatening, child friendly environment so all victims, especially children, can feel safe during the interview process.
Grants, 5% fine money, and private donations fund the services of the C.A.R.E. Cottage. Our agency is state and nationally accredited through the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia (CACGA) and the National Children’s Alliance (NCA), respectively.
The C.A.R.E. Cottage staff includes Jan Humphrey, Office Manager/Victims Assistant, Sherry Oneal, Victims Services Coordinator, Heidi Farmer, Family Advocate, Debbie Chambers, MA NCC LPC Therapist, Grace, our therapy dog, and Sgt. Adam Blanks, MCSO Investigator.
In 2017, the C.A.R.E. Cottage provided 3300 services to over 1,000 victims, 71 one those being the result of Domestic Violence and 45 of Child Abuse. As of late 2018, services have been provided for 70 victims of Domestic Violence and 55 of Child Abuse.
In an effort to help our victims heal from this abuse, the C.A.R.E. Cottage has secured funds through a grant that provides counseling and therapy sessions at no cost to the victim.
To contact the C.A.R.E. Cottage, call 478-994-7287