A group of committed child advocates and Multidisciplinary Team members in Santa Rosa County joined forces to work towards creating a more collaborative response to child abuse and neglect for our county.
Santa Rosa Kids’ House, Inc. was registered as a corporation and was granted 501©3 non-profit status. In 2005, local business man, Howard Burris, bought property and donated one million dollars towards the construction of the building. In October 2006, the board hired an interim Executive Director, Hank Shirah, to oversee the construction of the building and promote the project.
Through 2007 and the first quarter of 2008, with a great deal of community contributions and additional fundraising events, the construction of the Santa Rosa Kids’ House was completed using state of the art equipment. The 13,000 square foot facility now known as the Santa Rosa Kids’ House was opened to the community in April of 2008 and fully occupied with the various agencies that comprise the multidisciplinary team by June 2008.
To deliver a well-coordinated and multi-disciplined response to child abuse in an environment that puts the needs of the child first
Our facility and grounds were designed and decorated with children in mind.
Approaching the facility, visitors will see a large gazebo, a children’s play area, and a front porch with comfortable rocking chairs. Family members and professionals frequently meet here to discuss service needs.
Inside, family greeters welcome children, families, and guests into our waiting area, complete with a salt water aquarium, toys and books designed to set children at ease.
Much of our art work was created by children or with children in mind. And, our courtyard provides a small sitting area and butterfly garden where children can run and play.