Prevention of Child Abuse

Stimulating the awareness of preventing child abuse, Exchange Club of Dayton took on a project in March of 2016 to mail information about CARE house, Oasis House and Brigid’s Path. Below is the information disseminated:

Dear Friends in Faith,

As April is Prevention of Child Abuse Month, the Exchange Club of Dayton, a service club with strong advocacy for Prevention of Child Abuse, would like to share some information from CARE House, Oasis House for Women and Brigid’s Path.
These three organizations have provided some specific data and some resource information which we hope you will share in some form with your congregation. This should strengthen the resolve of all of us to prevent child abuse and treat the aftermath.

One terrifying aspect of child abuse is that it often leads to human trafficking, as children come to believe their primary value is as objects of sex. The mission of Oasis House is to offer hope to women in the sex industry and victims of human trafficking by promoting healing, restoration, and empowerment through Christ’s unconditional love, teaching practical life skills, and mentoring the transformational process.The victims typically suffer from: Low self-esteem, Lack of job skills, Homelessness, Illiteracy, Alcohol, drug, and substance abuse. They have often suffered neglect and sexual abuse as children, are often victims of domestic violence and they rarely have a support system around them.
Oasis House (now merged with Be Free Dayton) offers the following services at no cost to the client: Professional counseling by a Licensed Professional Counselor, Psychiatric Care by a Psychiatrist from the WSU/Boonshoft School of Medicine, and serves as a drop-in center where women working the streets can come and take a hot shower and get a clean set of clothes, as well as a hot meal. It assists with resume writing and life skills development, offers mentoring programs and self-empowerment classes, and refers clients to other agencies for food, dental and health care, drug rehabilitation, and help setting up a new household.

A beginning venture is Brigid’s Path that plans to provide inpatient medical care for drug-exposed newborns (215 in the Dayton area last year), non-judgmental support for mothers, and education services to improve family outcomes. The founders, Deanne Murphy and Jill Kingston, are building a 26 unit facility on South Dixie Drive and have raised more than $1 million from private sources to do so. They have inspiring personal stories to tell as well of how their faith has led them to this incredibly compassionate endeavor. See

It is easy to see all the child abuse connections, and we hope that your community will be open to learning more and joining the fight against it.

Sincerely, Carol Suddath, President-elect and chair, Dayton Exchange Child Abuse Prevention committee

from CARE House


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CARE House is an advocacy center for children and families affected by abuse and neglect.

The center is a community partnership represented by Dayton Children’s Hospital, the Children Services Division of the Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services, the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office and all law enforcement agencies in Montgomery County.

Through effective, efficient and child-centered casework, this multi-disciplinary team reduces trauma to child victims, increases communication among professionals and improves the outcomes for the children. As an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance, CARE House meets 10 specific performance standards. 0

Since opening in 1999, CARE House has served nearly 9,300 children. More than 80% of those children alleged child sexual abuse. The remaining children alleged physical abuse and neglect and witnessed violence.

If you are interested in helping CARE House provide support services (for example: food and gas cards and healthy snacks) for the children and families it sees, please email the center for information by email at or phone at 937.641.4545.Screen Shot 2016-03-19 at 2.30.17 PM

CARE House initiated prevention programming in 2004 with the adoption of a child sexual abuse prevention, recognition and response curriculum, the Stewards of Children. Since that time, the advocacy center has facilitated nearly 600 trainings for more than 8,000 adults in Montgomery County and throughout the state. The Ohio Children’s Trust Fund has awarded CARE House funding, administrated by Montgomery County office of Human Services and Planning, for the Stewards of Children since 2008.

The prevention programming expanded in 2016 to include Child Safety Matters, a comprehensive, research-based, primary prevention program designed to educate and empower students, school personnel and adults with information and strategies to prevent bullying, cyberbullying, technological abuse and all types of child abuse. Funded by The Health Path Foundation, this curriculum will be implemented in Greene, Montgomery and Warren Counties.

If you are interested in learning more about the CARE House prevention efforts, please contact Denise Uhl Jenkins by email at or phone at 937.641.4228.

410 Valley Street | Dayton, Ohio 45404               937.641.4545 phone                                                              937.641.4250 fax

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, Recognition and Response Steps

Learn the Facts

  • Experts estimate 1 in 10 child are sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
  • 90% of sexually abused children are abused by someone they and their caregivers know and trust.
  • 35% of child victims are 11 years or younger.
  • Children who live with a single parent who has a live-in partner are 20 times more likely to be victims of child sexual abuse than children living with both biological parents.

Minimize Opportunity

  • Eliminate or reduce isolated one-on-one situations.
  • Scan the physical environment for hidden and secluded areas, and correct any dangers.
  • Screen people who work and volunteer in all child-serving settings to decrease the risk of sexual abuse.
  • Describe how staff, volunteers and older youth will interact and conduct themselves with children.

Talk About It

  • A protective bond between parent and child increases confidence for both and instills knowledge that makes children much less vulnerable to sexual abuse.
  • Talk with children when they are young and use proper names for body parts.
  • Review safety and touching boundaries anytime a child is in a new situation.
  • Explain that secrets can be harmful. If someone asks them to keep a secret, they should tell you.

Recognize the Signs

  • Be aware that is some children, there are no signs of sexual abuse.
  • Physical signs are not common.
  • Emotional and behavioral signals are more common.
  • Trauma is often the root of what we label as difficult or bad behavior.

React Responsibly

  • The response you share with children who disclose sexual abuse sets the stage for their healing process and their well-being over time.
  • Discovery of sexual abuse means you have witnessed a sexually abuse act or you know by another way the abuse occurred. Report a discovery immediately.
  • If you witness a boundary violation, or see a situation in which a child is vulnerable, set limits and ask questions.
  • Report reasonable suspicions of child sexual abuse to:
  • In an emergency situation, call 911. You will reach your local law enforcement agency.
  • If you would like additional information about reporting child abuse or do not know which agency to call, you may call the Dayton Children’s Hospital children’s advocacy center located in your county:
  • CARE House in Montgomery County – 937.641.4545
  • Michael’s House in Greene County – 937.318.1660
  • Child Advocacy Center of Warren County in Warren County – 513,261.6031

and from Brigid’s Path –


 Brigid’s Path provides inpatient medical care for drug-exposed newborns, non-judgmental support for mothers and education services to improve family outcomes in the Dayton region 

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First model of its type in Ohio specifically designed to care for newborns and provide referrals to mothers for community resources to equip them with the tools necessary to access or maintain a healthy standard of living.

Welcoming, home-like facility will accommodate 24 private nurseries in four, charming pods with gathering spaces where mothers and families can find support, encouragement, and resources for healthy living.
Education space intended to inform families and the community about a myriad of topics including addiction, parenting, housing, budgeting, parent and child bonding, safety, hygiene, and more.
? Brigid’s Path began as an idea shared by two friends, a foster parent and a daughter of two addicts, that there must be a better way to care for the growing number of babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in the Miami Valley.

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12,000 sq. ft. facility, valued at $270,000, was donated to our organization by a generous benefactor to be renovated for Brigid’s Path’s needs. ? Mead Johnson is providing all Enfamil formula for our patients. ? Respected neonatologist and Miami Valley Hospital Chief of Staff, Dr. Marc Belcastro offering his services as Brigid’s Path Medical Director without charge.
Multiple businesses & churches are sponsoring nurseries or other areas to help meet the fundraising goal and increase awareness for the mission. ? Partnering with Wright State University School of Professional Psychology to provide quality care for our patients and their families, as well as provide research opportunities to improve long-term treatment options.

Did you know? Annual opioid-related inpatient hospitalizations increased by 1,220% from 2004-2013 (3000 exposed infants) with opioids surpassing cocaine as most common drug of exposure since 2010. Number of NAS* births in Ohio (Per 10,000 live births)

  • 2004: 14
  • 2005: 19
  • 2006: 21
  • 2007: 25
  • 2008: 33
  • 2009: 50
  • 2010: 70
  • 2011: 88
  • 2012: 108
  • 2013: 125

From 2004 to 2013 there were approximately 7,623 NAS*-related hospitalizations in OH. In 2013 alone, there were nearly 5/day=1,691 total (1,475 were Medicaid discharges). ? NAS associated with over $97 million in additional hospital charges in Ohio in 2013. Average hospital charge increased from $31,514 to $57,897 from 2004-2013. Average inpatient charge for NAS infant is 4X greater than for all Ohio infants. ? Brigid’s Path projected to save at least $5 million in taxpayer funds by providing high-quality care at a substantially reduced charge.

*NAS = Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is a group of problems that occur in a newborn who was exposed to addictive opiate drugs while in the mother’s womb. 

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