Each year, Greene County Children Services must respond to more than 1,200 reports of possible child abuse, neglect or dependency. Many of these children have to relive their traumas as they tell their painful stories to those who will and need to listen. It’s for the worst of these cases that Michael’s House exists.
The Michael’s House facility centrally located in Fairborn, Ohio, provides a warm and welcoming environment for children who are suffering from all forms of abuse.
Michael’s House, dedicated in December 2008, is named in honor of Michael Mercurio, who passed away unexpectedly on July 4, 2007 at the age of 37. Michael devoted his life to improving the lives of others, particularly children.
Today, community individuals and organizations carry Michael’s legacy forward. By working to improve the delivery of services to area children who are affected by abuse and neglect, this regional facility reflects his unconditional caring and respect for others.
Michael’s House provides a single place for a comprehensive, multidisciplinary response to occur in a comfortable, private and child-friendly environment. As an accredited children’s advocacy center, it is designed, furnished and staffed to promote healing. Michael’s House features:
- Specially equipped rooms for child forensic interviews
- A playroom that safely accommodates a variety of age groups and reflects the cultural diversity of our community
- A mock courtroom to help children feel more comfortable in upcoming trials
- On site mental health treatment
- On site medical examination room
- A state-of-the-art training room and comfortable, private meeting rooms
- A living exhibit of fish and turtles to create a trauma informed environment