Deirdre's House

The Center for Morris County's Child Victims

aka The Deirdre O'Brien Child Advocacy Center   |   Morristown, NJ   |  deirdreshouse.org

Mission

Deirdre's House is the Center for child victims of abuse/neglect in Morris County. We are a nationally accredited child advocacy center where a child victim can be forensically interviewed & digitally recorded by law enforcement, medically examined & treated, & clinically counseled in English or Spanish--all under one roof-free of charge. Deirdre's House is an independent 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit. We rely on corporate, foundation & independent donors to provide funds to help us provide critical services. 93 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to services to child victims. Since opening our doors in 1996, Deirdre's House has provided services for 28,000 child visits. In 2017 we had over 2800 child visits for investigations, trial prep, & individual/group clinical counseling.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Mrs. Maria Vinci-Savettiere Esq.

Main address

8 Court St

Morristown, NJ 07960 USA

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EIN

22-3308574

NTEE code info

Victims' Services (P62)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Child Abuse, Prevention of (I72)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Deirdre's House is the child advocacy center (CAC) in Morris County for child victims of abuse and or neglect and for children that have witnessed violence. Deirdre's House addresses the need to provide a non-traumatizing environment for a coordinated response by law enforcement, medical, mental health and child welfare professionals to allegations of child abuse and/or neglect. It is the only site in Morris County where a child victim can be forensically interviewed by law enforcement, medically examined and treated by a pediatric abuse specialist, and clinically counseled, all under one roof-in English and Spanish-- all free of charge. In 2021 Deirdre's House had over 2800 child visits. Deirdre's House also provides outreach and education services to prevent child abuse, encourage the correct reporting of incidences of child abuse, and to educate the public about emerging issues in child welfare such as cyberbullying, human trafficking, and safe technology use by children.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Advocacy Program

Provides digitally recorded forensic interviews of child victims of abuse and/or neglect by law enforcement.

Deirdre's House also is the coordinator of the Morris County Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) which is made up of representatives from law enforcement, child welfare, mental health providers, and the regional diagnostic center. This team ensures that every child victim receives the services they need.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Deirdre's House provides individual and group counseling to child victims and their non-offending caregivers. Counseling is provided in English or Spanish-----free -of- charge for as long as required for the child to process the trauma they have suffered and to heal.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Deirdre's House provides funds for child abuse victims to attend summer camp, extracurricular activities, and for emergency needs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Deirdre's House provides ongoing programs for prevention and community education. Community groups, schools,, and corporations may request that Deirdre's House provide staff training, and prevention and awareness training to both children and adults.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Provides on-site medical examinations and treatment for child victims of abuse and/or neglect

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

National Children's Alliance - Accreditation 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Advocacy Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number represents child visits. 2021 number of child visits was impacted by isolation of pandemic. Cases were unreported due to lack of access by children to adults they would normally disclose to.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Prevention and Community Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number is the number of people reached directly through our in person outreach and education program.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goal of Deirdre's House is to ensure that though a child victim's life may be altered by the abuse that they have suffered, their life will not be forever defined by that abuse.

We provide law enforcement the child -friendly environment necessary to gather the information that is essential to bring perpetrators to justice, while not re-traumatizing an already traumatized child.

in addition, Deirdre's House provides child victims with critical medical and clinical counseling services they need to recover, heal from and process the trauma they have suffered in a healthy way so that they can go on to lead successful, happy lives.

Through our clinical counseling program we give child victims and there non-offending caregivers the tools they need to not only help the child recover from the trauma they have suffered but to prevent them from being re-victimized.

To accomplish our goals Deirdre's House provides all of the following free of charge:

A child-centered, non-traumatizing environment with state-of-the art forensic interviewing rooms & digital recording equipment for law enforcement to interview child victims. By digitally recording the forensic interview, a child only has to tell their story once, protecting them from the stress of telling their story over and over again.

Clinical Counseling-both individual and group, in English and Spanish, that allows the child victims to process the trauma they have suffered, prevent re-victimization, and heal.

A site where child victims to be medically examined/treated & prepared for trial.

Outreach & Education to promote child abuse prevention and reporting.

Scholarship programs that provide funding for child victims to attend summer camp, extracurricular activities, and emergency needs to allow a child victim to regain some of the childhood they lost to abuse and to just be a kid again.

Deirdre's House has a highly trained and experienced staff including 4 clinical counselors, 2 of whom are bi-lingual, that specialize in treating childhood trauma, leadership that has provided over 18 years of guidance, an assistant director who is bi-lingual, and two child advocates that are bi-lingual.

Our innovative programs and highly experience staff make us the model child advocacy center in the region.

In 2021, we provided services to child victims in over 2800 child visits. Since opening our doors in 1996, we have provided services to child victims for over 42,000 child visits. Deirdre's House continues to be the model child advocacy center in the region. We have partnered with a bi-lingual psychiatrist to provide psychiatric evaluations and medication monitoring to child victims in need of these mental health supports. Our community education program called "Game of Life" educates high school students regarding abuse and/or neglect and about social service resources in our community.

In 2022, as schools resume in-person instruction, we hope to be able to expand our critical services to more child victims and to delivery training to more students, teachers, staff, and parents. We are also actively working to serve more child victims through our medical program.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In order to better serve our clients needs we instituted Client Needs Assessments that are administered at the start of services and at regular intervals thereafter. The goal of these Assessments is to anticipate client basic challenges such as inadequate food resources, housing, medical needs, before a crisis occurs.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Deirdre's House

Board of directors
as of 01/06/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Nicolette Sherman

Certara

Term: 2022 - 2022

Stephanie Caravela, Esq.

Edwin Zipf

Bressler, Amery & Ross

GIna Tedesco

Kim Lomot

Lowenstein Sandler

Nancy Miller RIch

Patricia Sohler

Atlantic Health

Dagmar Rosa-Bjorksen

Mallenckrodt

Veronica Mayes

Doris Duke Foundation

RIchard Gentles

Susan Schneider

Katherine Vasquez

Novartis

Margaret Kohn

Bhavesh Ashar

Bayer

Kim Speedt

Nicolette Sherman

Sanofi

Irina Karbachinskiy

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/6/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/06/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.