Comfort House, a nonprofit child advocacy center, serves the children of Brooke and Hancock counties whom are suspected to be abused or neglected.
The suspected abuse is often physical, emotional or sexual. The children also may have been witnesses to domestic violence or drug-related activities in their homes.
Comfort House provides a child-friendly and neutral setting for children to speak with a trained forensic interviewer. These interviews are digitally recorded to prevent the child from being re-victimized by having to repeat the history of their abuse more than once.
Additionally, the child and family advocate connects families to community resources they may need to help them through their situation and the legal process. These resources include counseling, medical referrals, food banks, and clothing programs.
Since opening in 2007, Comfort House has assisted law enforcement, the prosecutors' offices and the Department of Health and Human Resources by providing more than 700 forensic interviews.
Comfort House has been a member of the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce for more than four years. Through their membership, they have been able to connect with area businesses and raise awareness of their mission and services to the children of the community.