Our Goal and Approach

 

To restore a stable and loving relationship between struggling parents and their children who have been taken into state custody and placed into foster care.

 

Children and their parents are provided a safe environment for emotional healing from abuse, neglect, and separation.

 

At Compassion House, we offer children, teenagers, and adults practical programs to give them access to hope, dignity, and emotional healing. We teach people that they can choose their future by how they respond to their past. Feelings of helplessness are generally rooted in a sense of powerlessness. We help people move from situations of indignity and hurt to a place where they feel like they have hope and control over their lives and future. 

 

T. Raymond McCranie, our Family Counselor, has received the basic training in the use of Eye Movement, Desensitization, and Reprocessing (EMDR). This therapeutic approach is especially effective with early childhood trauma, PTSD, phobias and other issues negatively impacting a fulfilling and satisfying life.

Our Future Goals for Compassion House

Compassion you can count on

"One of the most amazing places and people I have ever met. I trust their guidance and trust them more than family. They will not judge you or put you down, they will up lift you and help you. I have learned so much there and I am a smart person who makes bad decisions but I learn something new every day there. And would like to say THANK YOU compassion house and all its employees."


The Heartbreaking Statistics


In Georgia over 10,000 children are in protective care due to maltreatment. Every month Whitfield and Murray Counties receive hundreds of phone calls alleging child abuse, molestation, truancy, or neglect.

Currently, there are 300+ children who have been removed from their homes in Whitfield and Murray Counties. Most of these children have two active parents (whether a biological parent or grandparents) and four other relatives who actively participate in their lives' so the total number of people affected by the removal of these children is in the thousands!

 

During the past five years, over 2,000 children in Whitfield and Murray Counties have been taken into foster care. The vast majority of these (over 75%) are never reunited with their parents.

Without question, there is a major crisis when the children and families are being divided, unhelped, and unhealed. 'Research has shown that the rate of post-traumatic stress disorder is higher among foster care alumni than it is for war veterans,' says Dr. John Seita, Professor of Social Work at Michigan State University.


Currently, 300+ family members benefit from Compassion House's services every month (including children and their extended families). Sadly, siblings put in other homes and relatives (grandparents, aunts, and uncles) want their own visitation opportunities, but a lack of funding prevents this from happening.

There is Hope

In the past 5 years, child maltreatment and misplacement has gone down by the Thousands

But, that does not mean the problem is gone. There are still many family members and children facing abuse and neglect. As long as we have the chance to fight, there is hope for you and your child to reconnect with a positive relationship and family. We are here to support the men and women that have found negative habits and replace them with the necessary skills to help them succeed in all areas of life. At Compassion House, we transform the person you are into the one that you want to become. Finding hope at Compassion House can open up new possibilities for your family to unite. 


The Good News

and Our Vision


'I know the plans I have for you, plans for your welfare and for your good'to give you a future and a hope.' (Jeremiah 29:11)

Since Compassion House is the only facility available in Whitfield and Murray Counties where children can have a supervised visit with their parents once they have been placed in state custody, we see this as a wonderful opportunity to minister to families in ways that are truly life-changing.

 

The good news is that during this season of crisis, parents have the most incentive to make changes in their lives. That's why we're dedicated to matching their desire to improve themselves with family-saving resources.

 

Study after study has proven that the sooner comprehensive intervention services are provided, the better the chances are for families to be reunited. With this in mind, we are encouraged by the success of our cutting-edge programs and classes that help our families heal and then learn important skills.

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'I am returning' with compassion; My house shall be built in it,' says the Lord of hosts.'


(Zechariah 1:16)