girl-470690_960_720Overcoming the Effects of Sexual Abuse

Child & Family Services' Helping Children Heal Program (VOCA) is designed to help children and their families heal from sexual abuse.  VOCA stands for Victims of Crime Act, the federal legislation that primarily funds the program.  Through a variety of therapeutic activities, including individual and family counseling, art and recreation therapy, peer group initiatives, and family support, Helping Children Heal/VOCA helps families to:

– Learn new coping skills

– Move through and come to terms with denial, grief and anger

– Reduce stress

Form new, healthy relationships

– Build strong support systems

– Decrease the chances of being victimized again

What to Expect from Helping Children Heal/VOCA

Helping Children Heal/VOCA provides a thorough needs assessment and individual family outreach/counseling at home, at school, or in other locations. We want to make sure you are comfortable and connected to the resources you need. Services last for as long as necessary and are intended to meet the wide range of needs of the families that have been affected by sexual abuse. Some of these services may include:

– Building trust

– Increasing self-esteem

– Developing/re-developing social skills

– Resolving victimization/reducing the potential for re-victimization

– Advocating for the child and family within the legal system

Children and their families who live in Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Kalkaska, Antrim, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford Counties are eligible for assistance from Helping Children Heal/VOCA.  All services are free for as long as they are needed.

For more information about Helping Children Heal/VOCA, please contact CFS at (231) 946-8975, or email

This program is generously supported by the Michigan Crime Victims Services Commission through the Federal Crime Victims Fund, U.S. Department of Justice.

Generous local support comes from the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation Youth Endowment.