National Children’s Alliance Accredited Member
The Gingerbread House Bossier/Caddo Children’s Advocacy Center is a community-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that began serving abused children in 1998. The Center works in close collaboration with local law enforcement, child protective services, the district attorney’s offices, and medical and mental health professionals to provide the best possible services for abused children and their families.
The Gingerbread House coordinates interviews and investigations with the referring agencies and other professionals from the initial screening to the final disposition of the case. The Center assists in gathering evidence and documenting the victim’s verbal testimony, which is necessary for criminal prosecution and related proceedings. Through the Center’s advocacy program, child victims and their families are prepared for the criminal justice process in such a way that prevents further victimization. The Gingerbread House provides mental health interventions for child victims and their non-offending family members, so that the healing process can begin. All services are provided at no cost to the victim’s family or referring agency.
In addition to the services provided for child abuse victims, the Gingerbread House provides training opportunities for professionals working in the field of child abuse, as well as community education regarding child abuse and its prevention. The mission of the Gingerbread House is to lessen the trauma experienced by child abuse victims as allegations are investigated and to provide support for the child victim in any resulting proceedings within the criminal justice system.
The organization of the Gingerbread House was a result of extensive communication and cooperation among many community agencies. The following 13 agencies are part of the Multidisciplinary Team at the Gingerbread House:
- Bossier City Marshal’s Office - Northwest Louisiana Crimes Against Children Task Force
- Bossier City Police Department
- Bossier Parish District Attorney’s Office
- Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office
- Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office
- Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office
- Cara Center (medical)
- Forensic Nurse Examiners of Louisiana
- Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services
- Minden Police Department
- Shreveport Police Department
- Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office
- Gingerbread House Bossier/Caddo Children's Advocacy Center