The Robert Forga Family KARE House with the support of the Evergreen Foundation, will now be able to provide direct, mental health services to the children who visit the facility.
KARE, established in 1991, with the mission to end child abuse through advocacy, education, and support, is one of the oldest accredited child advocacy center’s in the state.
KARE is required by the National Children’s Alliance to have and maintain partnerships with local mental-health services and maintained hope throughout the previous years to obtain a clinician on staff.
With funding provided by the Evergreen Foundation, Haywood County’s child advocacy center has now been able to make this hope a reality.
KARE’s focus is assisting with the justice process and supporting healing. However, without immediate and ongoing therapeutic intervention, many children suffer from lasting effects of trauma.
Children who are referred for services will not only be provided with a forensic interview and child medical exam but will also have access to a full-time, mental health clinician for continued support.
This will allow for service in a timely manner, connection of service providers, while adding overall capacity for services to Haywood County. Evidence shows that direct collaboration of professionals not only improves outcomes for the children but for their families as well.
The trained, mental-health clinician on staff will be a member of Haywood County’s Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) to assure their mental health is assessed and monitored and that the children’s basic needs are being met.
The Evergreen Foundation, an ongoing supporter of KARE, as well as other Haywood County agencies, provides funding for improving the lives of those who have mental health, developmental delay, or substance abuse issues.
The foundation continues to provides support in the seven western counties of North Carolina.