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Family Services

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CornerHouse offers free, voluntary services in English, Spanish, and Russian to individuals and families seen for a forensic interview.

Family Services strives to help families heal, use their voice, and find safety and hope by providing person-centered, trauma-informed, and inclusive services to families affected by trauma and violence.

Services Offered:
Interview SupportInterview Accompaniment/Investigation Support

CornerHouse Family Services offers caregivers help and guidance through referrals, education, crisis support, safety planning, and tracking of the investigatory process. Intervention systems can be confusing and stressful to navigate and Family Services supports families in communicating their needs with Child Protection and Law Enforcement.

Case ManagementCase Management

CornerHouse Case Management services are available in both short-term intensive and long-term formats. Individuals and families work with a case manager to create goals related to accessing resources for legal support, food, housing, clothing, mental and physical healthcare, transportation, child care, and employment.

Therapeutic Home Visiting ProgramTherapeutic Home Visiting Program

CornerHouse Home Visiting services provide families with intensive support, parent education, and referral services which promote safe, healthy, and stable environments for children. The Home Visiting Program includes weekly visits over the course of six to eight weeks and focuses on promoting the health and well-being of children when faced with stressors in the aftermath of abuse.

Children's GroupsChildren's Groups

CornerHouse Support Groups are ten-week groups held up to three times per year for children and their caregivers to heal following an experience of child sexual abuse. Groups are a combination of psycho-education and processing of individual experiences. Each group a different topic is addressed related to child sexual abuse and healing from trauma. For the children’s groups, the information is provided through directive play therapy—a combination of games, books, puppets, short films, coloring, and other activities. The children learn how to feel and express emotions in healthy ways, how to assert boundaries, and process their own experiences of abuse. The program helps to:

Children's Groups are offered once in the spring, summer, and fall.

Therapeutic Home Visiting ProgramPlay Therapy

CornerHouse Play Therapy is offered to children ages 4-12 who have experienced or witnessed abuse or violence. Children understand and process their world through the "work" of play, and through Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) are able to process and integrate their experiences. Play Therapy is attachment-focused, resiliency based, developmentally targeted, and specialized for child victim/survivors and witnesses.

For more information about Family Services, please contact the Family Services Director, Angela Lewis-Dmello, at (612) 813-8312 or

For Recursos en Español, please click here.

CornerHouse Family Services Evaluation 2016

Click here to view the Executive Summary of the the 2016 CornerHouse Family Services Evaluation.


CornerHouse Tip Sheets

Click the links below to view or download these CornerHouse Tip Sheets.

Tips for Helping Keep Kids Safe

Tips for Recognizing Abuse

Tips for Reporting Abuse



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     - Lady Bird Johnson


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