Children's Center for Hope and Healing
The Children's Center for Hope & Healing (formerly the Family Relations Program) is dedicated to stopping the cycle of child sexual abuse and to preventing the exploitation of children. For twenty-seven years, we've served northeast Georgia by providing counseling, education, and advocacy for those whose lives have been affected by sexual abuse through our four programs: Victims' Services, Project Pathfinder, Women's Services, and Prevention Services.
The programs of the Children's Center for Hope & Healing touch the lives of more than 1100 people each year who live across 13 counties of Northeast Georgia. The agency delivers programs through two offices (in Gainesville and Cumming) and through a satellite service location in Barrow County in Winder.
No other agency in Northeast Georgia offers the specialized services of Project Pathfinder and the agency is part of a limited number of agencies that offer counseling services to women and children who are the survivors of sexual abuse.
Our specially trained therapists work with youth, children, women and families through individual, group, and family therapy. All of our services, including Project Pathfinder, are victim-centric. They are largely cognitive behavioral therapy based. Using techniques from art therapy and play therapy, we are able to work with even the youngest children. While our services are designed for children ages 4 to 17, we have worked with child victims as young as 3.
With all of our programs, safety is an important goal. We work with families to develop safety plans to keep their children safe in the home, in the community, and in schools. While child safety is ultimately an adult responsibility, we also work to offer children some ways to better protect themselves while we focus on healing and on reducing trauma symptoms.