How are they Rescued?
Courage Worldwide relies on the FBI and law enforcement to do the actual rescuing of children in the United States. We work in collaboration with child welfare, probation officers, families, and other community organizations to place children at the closest located Courage House, our homes for minor female victims. Internationally, we partner with local non-profit organizations and government partnerships, as well as collaborate with Social Welfare, to bring referred child victims to our international Courage Houses.
Where do they go after rescue?
Sadly, there is a severe worldwide shortage of residential programs and services to meet the needs of this vulnerable, highly traumatized population. Global victim estimates range in the millions and, in the U.S., reports conclude there are hundreds of thousands of victims. Despite these high numbers of victims, there are less than 100 beds available in the United States and not nearly enough services provided to the population.
As of December 31, 2015, Courage Worldwide has received over 310 calls to place female victims at Courage House. The majority of these victims were turned down due to a lack of space, both nationally and internationally.
What is the Solution?
Our dream is that every child survivor would have the support necessary to begin their journey of hope and healing. Expanding locations of Courage Houses all across the world provides victims with greater access to necessary trauma-informed services and safe houses.
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