Michael's House, a Child Advocacy Center

Michaels House LogoBrief History

Michael’s House, dedicated in December 2008, is named in honor of Michael Mercurio, who passed away unexpectedly on July 4, 2007 at the age of 37. Michael devoted his life to improving the lives of others, particularly children. As an endodontist, Michael traveled to Romania each year to give dental care to children in orphanages. In 2006, he was recognized as Rotarian of the Year for his efforts to help children.

The Story of Michael's House

Child Advocacy Center

Located in Fairborn, Ohio, Michael's House provides a warm and welcoming environment for children who are suffering from all forms of abuse. A nationally accredited advocacy center, it is designed to offer a single place for multidisciplinary investigations to occur in a private, comfortable, child-friendly setting. On-site staff work to coordinate services for abused children and their non-offending caregivers.

Michael's House Features

  • A living exhibit of fish and turtles to provide a relaxing distraction
  • Specially equipped rooms for child forensic interviews
  • A cheerful playroom that safely accommodates a variety of age groups and reflects the cultural diversity of our community
  • A mock courtroom to help children feel more comfortable in upcoming trials
  • Offices for multidisciplinary team partners
  • Designated space for mental health treatment appointments
  • A state-of-the-art training room and comfortable, private meeting rooms

Provided Representation

The multidisciplinary team providing a coordinated response to child abuse allegations in Greene County includes representation from the following:
  • Law enforcement
  • Child protective services
  • Prosecution
  • Mental health
  • Medical
  • Victim advocacy