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Rockville, MD April 18, 2017

Montgomery County Council Recognized Child Abuse Prevention Month, The Tree House, and The Tree House Tour de Cookie

Led by Councilmember Sidney Katz, this morning the Montgomery County Council recognized Child Abuse Prevention Month, The Tree House and The Tree House Tour de Cookie, our biking event to be held on May 6th. Tree House Director, Thomas Grazio, also spoke about our mission.

 

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Rockville, MD April 4, 2017

We are overjoyed to be the recipient of a $6,500 grant from The Nora Roberts Foundation! Nora Roberts LogoWe will be using it for mental health services for the abused and neglected children we see each day. We are honored to have the foundation's support as we strive to improve the lives of our county's most vulnerable children.

The Nora Roberts Foundation supports Literacy, Children's programs, Arts organizations, and Humanitarian efforts, with local organizations being its priority. The Foundation recognizes children face many challenges in today's world and applauds those who support and encourage children to reach their full potential.

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Rockville, MD March 20, 2017

Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation

We are so happy to announce that the Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation has granted The Tree House CAC $7,500 in support of our mission! We are incredibly grateful to have their support as we strive to heal Montgomery County's abused children. 

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Rockville, MD December 6, 2016

Maximus Foundation Grant Announcement

We are thrilled to announce that The Tree House CAC has received a $3000 grant from the MAXIMUS Foundation!

“On behalf of the MAXIMUS Foundation, I am proud to provide this award to The Tree House Child Advocacy Center,” said John Boyer, MAXIMUS Foundation Chairman. “The Tree House and its staff embody the values that the MAXIMUS Foundation strives to achieve through its grant making program – promoting personal growth and self-sufficiency through improved health, augmented child and family development and community development. It is an honor to present this grant to such a deserving organization, and I thank The Tree House for its commitment to enriching the lives of those it serves.”

About MAXIMUS:
Since 1975, MAXIMUS has operated under its founding mission of Helping Government Serve the People® , enabling citizens around the globe to successfully engage with their governments at all levels and across a variety of health and human services programs. MAXIMUS delivers innovative business process management and technology solutions that contribute to improved outcomes for citizens and higher levels of productivity, accuracy, accountability and efficiency of governmentsponsored programs. For more information, visit www.maximus.com.

About the MAXIMUS Foundation:
As the philanthropic arm of MAXIMUS, the Foundation extends the mission of the Company by identifying and awarding grants to partners with specialized expertise to deliver results within the same populations and communities served by the public programs the Company operates. The MAXIMUS Foundation is completely funded by MAXIMUS and its employees, and provides grants to local community organizations with programs and projects in the areas of child and youth development, health and community development.

Check out the MAXIMUS Foundation on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.

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Gaithersburg, MD November 19, 2016

On Saturday, November 19th at 12 pm, Saydam Properties Group at Keller Williams is sponsoring a ride for The Tree House at the Kentlands Zengo!! Register here

 Zengo Cycle

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Rockville, MD November 1, 2016

We send our deepest thanks to Chesapeake Public Strategies for granting $1,000 to The Tree House CAC of Montgomery County Maryland as part of its 10 Powerful Acts of Kindness in 2016 program, a program created to assist non-profits that serve children in need. We especially want to thank their President & CEO, Ellen Bogage, for this generous gift! 

 Chesapeake Public Strategies Grant

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Rockville, MD September 10, 2016

Paint for our Cause: The Tree House!

Muse Paintbar painting

Come and spend a relaxing evening painting with us at Muse Paintbar on Sept 22, 2016 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

Muse has food and drinks (including beer and wine) for purchase, or you can bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

Plan to arrive anytime between 6:30 and 7:00.

Forty percent of your ticket price will come back to The Tree House! Space is limited so sign up soon. We don't want you to miss it!

For more information and tickets click here.  You must purchase tickets ahead of time in order to attend. Space is limited.

The painting to the left is the painting we will be creating.

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Rockville, MD August 1, 2016

Kona Ice

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Rockville, MD May 12, 2016

The Tree House Tour de Cookie: A Fabulous Success!

Our Tree House Tour de Cookie was great fun AND we netted over $31,000 that will be used to provide services to the children we see here every day. We thank everyone who participated and supported us. Together we have made a meaningful difference in the lives of many children!

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Rockville, MD April 5, 2016

Montgomery County Council Recognized Child Abuse Prevention Month, The Tree House, and The Tree House Tour de Cookie

This morning the Montgomery County Council recognized Child Abuse Prevention Month and The Tree House. They also promoted The Tree House Tour de Cookie, our big event on May 7. Councilmembers joined Councilmember Sidney Katz and staff from The Tree House to mark this occasion.

Montgomery County Proclamation 2016

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Washington DC March 29, 2016

Tree House Medical Director Interviewed on WHUR's Sighlent Storm

WHUR hosts Mandrell Birks and Denise McCain interviewed Dr. Evelyn Shukat about issues related to child abuse.

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Rockville, MD March 12, 2016

Montgomery County Kappa Delta Alumnae make Large Donation to The Tree House

The Montgomery County Kappa Delta Alumnae have done it again! This year's Shamrock event raised nearly $1,200 for The Tree House! These women are fabulous, and dedicated to helping children. We are so grateful for their support and look forward to working with them again in the future!

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Rockville, MD January 2016

Tree House Receives from The Community Foundation for The National Capital Region's Children and Family Legacy Fund

We are excited to have received a $12,500 grant from The Community Foundation for The National Capital Region's Children and Family Legacy Fund. These funds will help The Tree House CAC continue its work to reduce trauma and promote healing for child victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. We thank them very much!

Community Foundation

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Rockville, MD December 15, 2015

Tree House Receives Grant from the Maximus Foundation

We are very pleased to announce that in mid-December we received a $2,500 grant from the Maximus Foundation!  We are honored and grateful for the Maximus Foundation's loyal support over the years.
It has helped us continue to improve the lives of children who have been through unimaginable trauma. For this kind act, we thank them.

Maximus Foundation

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Olney, MD September 13, 2015

The Tree House Spends the Weekend at Area Farm Markets

This weekend we met many of you at the Pike Central Farm Market and the Olney Farmers and Artists Market. We hope to see you again soon!

Olney Farmers and Artist Market

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Rockville, MD April 14, 2015

Montgomery County Proclamation Recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month and The Tree House

Councilmember Sidney Katz introduced a proclamation recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month.  He and Councilmember Mark Elrich read the proclamation, which also highlighted the work we do at The Tree House for abused and neglected children.  

 

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Rockville, MD February 12, 2015

Tree House Receives Grant from The Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation

We send a huge thank you to The Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation for its $5,000 grant to The Tree House.  The Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation has been a loyal supporter for many years.  Having this continuous help is vital to our efforts to treat and heal child victims of abuse.  

The mission of the Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation is to help support organizations to increase arts, music, and culture in the community as well as education and human services.

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Rockville, MD November 13, 2014

Tree House Receives Grant from The Nora Roberts Foundation

We are overjoyed to be the recipient of a $5,000 grant from The Nora Roberts Foundation. We’ll apply the grant to our Give a Child a Lift Campaign; allowing The Tree House to continue to offer free transportation to our clients. 

The Nora Roberts Foundation supports Literacy, Children's programs, Arts organizations, and Humanitarian efforts, with local organizations being its priority. The Foundation recognizes children face many challenges in today's world and applauds those who support and encourage children to reach their full potential.

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Rockville, MD September 5, 2014

Tree House Receives Grant from The Rite Aid Foundation

The Tree House just received a very generous $10,000 grant from The Rite Aid Foundation! The foundation, in it's mission to positively impact children's health and well-being, has recognized the work we do at The Tree House and is helping to ensure that the good work continues.  It will!

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Rockville, MD August 5, 2014

Tree House therapist, Jeanine Lamb, speaks to Kate Ryan about helping unaccompanied minors heal from abuse

On Tuesday August 5th, Kate Ryan of WTOP spoke with our own Jeanine Lamb about the unaccompanied minors she sees at The Tree House, the traumas they faced and their optimism for the future. Read the report here.   As soon as we have a link to the audio reports, we'll put them here too!

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Rockville, MD May 13, 2014

Dr. Evelyn Shukat speaks about Child Abuse on WUSA9

As part of our effort to spread the word about child abuse in our community and how The Tree House can help, we sent our Child Abuse Pediatrician, Dr. Evelyn Shukat, to speak with Andrea Roane on WUSA9.  Click here to see this informative discussion. 

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Rockville, MD May 4, 2014

The Tree House Tour de Cookie was a Great Success

Yesterday, we had a fabulous day at The Tree House Tour de Cookie.  Over 330 riders enjoyed all of our cookie stands and the wonderful weather.  After the ride, they spend some time enjoying our Community Expo.  Everyone had a great day and, most importantly, we raised awareness about the work done at The Tree House.  We hope you will join us again next spring and bring your friends!!

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Rockville, MD November 22, 2013

Registration for the 2014 Tree House Tour de Cookie is now open!

The event will be on May 3, 2014 at The Universities at Shady Grove. You can register at or download a paper registration at TreeHouseTourdecookie.com (under the How to Register tab). Follow us on "The Tree House Tour de Cookie" event page.

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Rockville, MD July 2, 2013

The Washington Post has an article about the new system being implemented to respond to child abuse allegations in Montgomery County.

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Rockville, MD October 1, 201

Articles of interest...

from The New Yorker on Sept 24, 2012:
In Plain View: How child molesters get away with it.

from The Gazette on Sept 19, 2012:
Red flags: Parents need to know who is with their children

 

Rockville, MD August 27, 2012

It is with great joy that we congratulate Karla Smith on her appointment as a District Court judge for Montgomery County! She has been a longtime friend of The Tree House and an unwavering advocate for children. We wish her all the best in her new position and are comforted knowing that our children are safe in her hands.

To read more about Montgomery County’s first female African-American District Court judge, click here

 

MD: ‘Standing Silent’ follows uncovering of sexual abuse in Baltimore’s Orthodox Jewish community

Washington Post March 19, 2012<

That process of reporting and writing has been made into a documentary film, “Standing Silent,” directed by Scott Rosenfelt and now being shown at film festivals across the country. Partially funded by a Sundance Institute grant, it details how Jacobs, an Orthodox Jew himself, has been credited with — and criticized for — uncovering a painful secret in Baltimore’s Orthodox community.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/documentary-standing-silent-recounts-efforts-to-uncover-abuse-in-orthodox-community/2012/02/28/gIQAewi9NS_story.html/

 

In light of the recent Penn State child sexual abuse allegations, our communities have been addressing the issues of recognizing and reporting incidents of suspected abuse.

Please read on for news and opinions related to this high profile concern.

Further information regarding the protection of our children can be found on our “resources” page.

Adapted with permission from "We all have a Role in Stopping Abuse" by Chris Kirchner

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/133666868.html

Once again, child sexual-abuse allegations have people everywhere shaking their heads in disbelief. Anger and frustration fill the airwaves, news columns, and blogs with questions like "How did this happen?" and "How did it go unreported for so long?"

"Stranger danger" has often been overemphasized by those who would keep children safe from predators. While studies have shown that one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused by the age of 18, the sad truth is that 90 percent of victims know the offenders well. They are relatives, friends, neighbors, and, as alleged in the Penn State case, coaches.

Understanding what keeps child victims of sexual abuse silent is easy. They fear that revealing the abuse will bring harm to them or those they love, loss of affection, and punishment. Child sexual abuse is a crime that thrives in a climate of silence, secrecy, and shame. Fear is what offenders count on as they groom their victims.

When a report of child sexual abuse is made to Montgomery County Police or Child Protective Services, there is a partnership in place to ensure the abuse ends, that the child has a safe place to talk about what happened, and that the child and his or her family get all the services they need to start healing. The Tree House Child Assessment Center, a public-private child advocacy center that responds to allegations of abuse, is part of that partnership.

It is easy to feel powerless and overwhelmed in the face of the headlines. It is harder to turn our anger and frustration into positive action for victimized children.

Here is one positive action we can all agree on. Raise your right hand and repeat after me: "If I see, hear, suspect, or in any way become aware that a child is being abused, I will not keep silent. I will have the courage to help that child break free of the silence, secrecy, and shame that should never define a child's life."

Chris Kirchner is executive director of the Philadelphia Children's Alliance, one of many child advocacy centers in Pennsylvania.

From the Baltimore Sun: Maryland may be Strengthening Child Abuse Reporting Law

 

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