JACY House does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.
Helpful information for Parents
Here you can find a variety of information to help caregivers and parents support their child or children after allegations of abuse have been reported. Click the Blue boxes to learn more about each topic.
*Disclaimer: Some materials may be triggering to some individuals and are being used as educational materials. Viewer discretion is advised
Meet the Advocate
My name is Elizabeth Gabbard, LSW. I am the Advocacy Coordinator at JACY House. I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Social Work in 2016 from IUE and graduated with my Master’s in Social Work from IUPUI in December of 2022. I started at JACY House as a Master's intern in May of 2021 and have worked at JACY House in various roles. I have a passion for children and helping to keep our youth safe. I am also passionate about mental health and the need to link families with appropriate resources to start their journey to healing.
Outside of JACY House, I enjoy painting, reading, yoga, and spending time with my husband and our two daughters. I also like to travel. My favorite adventure was to Puerto Rico! A fun fact about me is that I had taken two years of culinary arts and found a love for baking.
Our Child and Family Advocate lead support groups for caregivers of children who have experienced sexual abuse as well as for teens (ages 13-17) that have experienced sexual abuse. JACY House has also partnered with A Better Way to lead a teen support group to connect with teens that have experienced dating violence.
Your child does not have to be interviewed at JACY House to participate in either group and are at no cost to the families.
Support groups are offered periodically. For more information about any support groups, please call and ask to speak to an Advocate or you can complete the form on the bottom and an Advocate will contact you within 24-48 hours.
Meet the Intern
Please welcome Payton! Payton will be completing a year long internship with JACY House.
My name is Payton McFarland, and I am a Bachelor of Social Work intern with JACY House. I attend IUPUI (Indiana University Purdue University) and have minors in Psychology and Health Communications, as well as a child abuse and neglect certificate. I have a strong passion for mental health and working with children. In my free time, I enjoy concerts, spending time with loved ones (pets included), and practicing self-care. I am excited to continue my education and gather as much experience as possible!
Meet the Therapy Dogs
At JACY House we also have the ability to invite therapy dogs, if requested. Meet Kenai and Daisy!
Kenai is a gentle giant who love to bring comfort to our visiting families and children.
Daisy is a fun loving girl who is eager to comfort the children at our center.
If interested in having a therapy dog present at the center, please contact the Child and Family Advocate by calling our office at 765-962-9043.
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JACY House is a program of the Children's Justice and Advocacy Center, Inc. A 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that opened in 2003 as an alternate process to investigations and prosecutions of child abuse cases.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2195 Richmond, IN 47375