Deborah House Center
Deborah House is a licensed child protection service which provides a unique and critically needed healing place for severally abused girls, where hurt fades and is turned into hope. Deborah House Center consists of two multifaceted residential care homes which provide a continuum of specialized treatment programs addressing the needs of Romania’s seriously abused girls.
Every year more than 11,500 children are victims of abuse in Romania and less than 1% of them benefit of specialized post-trauma assistance. Over the years more than one hundred girls ages 6 to 18 found at Deborah House a sanctuary for rescue, therapy, counseling, education and hope in a Christian home environment, with the goal that each girl will reclaim her life from the shadow of her abuser.
Since 2002 Deborah House has successfully implemented post-trauma treatment programs for abused girls, programs that are unique in Romania. Providing much more than residential care, Deborah House assesses and treats both physical and sexual abuse, as well as related behavioral disorders.
Ever since it was opened we have entered into a close working relationship with the local Romanian authorities, including the Timis County Agency for Child Protection.
The Story of Deborah House
In 1998 while Director of a Christian home for boys, Lorena Rusovan was searching in a village for information needed to locate the birth record of an orphan in order for the boy to obtain his national identity card. During the search, Lorena happened upon and rescued an orphaned six year old girl from sexual and physical abuse at the hands of strangers. The rescue was not easily accomplished for reasons of the lack of child abuse laws, cultural indifference and disinterested village police.
Over Lorena’s objections and despite evidencing post-traumatic psychopathology the girl was classified as “retarded”, then “warehoused” in a government orphanage of over 250 children (ages 5 to 18), with only five full time caretakers and no individual attention or therapy. The incident resulted in Lorena’s focus on the fact there were no alternatives available for residential care and treatment of the girl’s behavioral disorders.
This girl’s circumstance was unacceptable to Lorena and inspired her to convince Missio Link International to sponsor the founding of Deborah House as a residential care and treatment center for seriously abused girls.
Unique in Romania from its inception, Deborah House provides programs to assess and treat physical abuse, sexual abuse and related behavior disorders for severely abused girls rescued from appalling circumstances. Girls with complex and chronic post-traumatic psychopathology related to severe, particularly early, sexual and physical child abuse…girls who experienced multiple early caregivers and who are emotionally and cognitively deprived…and girls suffering from intense fear, horror, or disorganized or agitated behavior resulting from exposure to threatened death or serious injury.
Lorena did not forget the six year old girl she rescued in 1998. As a result of Lorena’s persistence, she was eventually transferred from the “retarded” section of a government orphanage to Deborah House. After a year of intensive therapy and vital social skills counseling, the girl was able to attend school. In her second school year she was number one in her class in math. The original inspiration for Deborah House, today she continues to demonstrate the success of the Deborah House program by her remarkable recovery.
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