Who We Are. Our Mission.
It takes courage for each child to tell his or her own story. Sunflower House provides a safe environment for children to tell, caring adults to listen to their stories and opportunities to bring together the community to help in these efforts. Sunflower House also provides proactive educational programs throughout the community in an effort to stop the cycles of abuse.
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday – Thursday 8:30 – 7:00
Friday 8:30 – 5:00
INTERVENTION WHEN ABUSE OCCURS
Children are referred to Sunflower House when allegations of sexual or physical abuse have been made. Our specially trained, forensic interviewers interview children in rooms that are wired to electronically record the child’s statement. Often the recorded interview is used in further investigation or for prosecution in a court of law. Referrals are accepted from law enforcement agencies or the Department for Children and Families (DCF).
- Do the best we can to find out what happened.
- Make the investigation process as comfortable as possible for both you and your child.
- Explain the child protection and legal systems.
- Assist with scheduling your child for a thorough, specialized medical evaluation.
“Sunflower House staff was very professional, personable and kind. They made my children feel comfortable and safe. Thank you for your support and compassion.”
“I’m thankful that places like this are here to help in a situation like the one we have right now. My kids are safe now.”
“I am very thankful this center exists for the children facing this it goes a long way in rebuilding the trust and safe boundaries that have been broken for them. I’m amazed at how at ease I felt through this terrible process.”
Paige was nine years old when her mother married her step-father and she was sexually abused for the first time. She came to Sunflower House after suffering through five years of horrific trauma. Paige's abuser was a business owner, highly manipulative and threatening. She is a high functioning, bright, talented child who was exhibiting PTSD symptoms. She was shut down and emotionally guarded. After about ten months of therapy at Sunflower House the symptoms started to subside. Paige requested to stay in therapy until her step-father was sentenced to jail and was able to make great strides in her healing process. Paige graduated after 14 months.
Anna was six years old when she came to Sunflower House after being sexually abused by a male friend of the family. When she started play therapy, she was engaging in inappropriate sexual talk and behavior and was experiencing symptoms of depression. In play therapy, she was able to recreate her abuse experience in a safe place and learn how to cope with emotions of fear, guilt, and sadness. After six months at Sunflower House, Anna was no longer engaging in sexual talk or behavior and had minimal signs of emotional disturbance. Anna graduated after nine months of therapy.
Luke came to Sunflower House at the age of 13 after he had been sexually abused by a man in a leadership role at church. Luke was dealing with a lot of betrayal because the man was a father-like figure to him. Luke began trauma focused cognitive therapy at Sunflower House, therapy that gave him an opportunity to discuss his sense of abandonment, grief and loss. During therapy, Luke worked on a life book, an exercise that allowed him to tell his story and take away self-blame. After nine months, Luke's grades in school began to return to A's and his behavior at and away from home began to significantly improve. Luke graduated from therapy at 10 months.