WHAT WE DO
can make a difference in the
life of a child.
Harbor House’s mission is
- To provide a safe and caring place to evaluate the child who may have been abused,
- To encourage the collaboration of social and legal agencies for the benefit of the child
- to at all times lessen the trauma suffered by the child.
R. Allen Babcock
Executive Director, Forensic Interviewer
Allen returns to Rome, where he was born and raised, after 20 years of teaching and leading in independent schools across the United States as well as in Switzerland and China. A lifelong learner, Allen recently completed his graduate studies in the organization leadership department at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Allen brings to the Harbor House team years of experience in leading organizations and a passion for service to our local communities. Allen and his husband, Richard (who live in Rome with their dogs Dolly & Leslie) enjoy traveling, theatre, dance, finding new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends.
Alex Quarles Boyd
MDT Coordinator, Forensic Interviewer, Child and Family Advocate
Alex has a math degree from Emmanuel University and a Master’s of Sociology from the University of West Georgia. She interned at Harbor House when she was obtaining her undergrad, and she enjoyed it so much that she decided to work here full-time. Alex enjoys traveling, reading, and listening to a variety of different kinds of music and podcasts. She has a dog, Willow, to whom she basically believes she gave birth. She has recently married the love of her life, Noah and they bought their first house together.
Outreach Coordinator, Child and Family Advocate, Floyd County CASA Recruiter
A native Roman, Barrie has recently returned home. She received her BA in Philosophy from Arizona State University and is now obtaining her MBA from LSU. She has worked as a motorcycle mechanic and owned a yarn shop where she taught the art of knitting. As a former foster parent, CASA is a cause near and dear to her heart. Barrie is married to her best friend, Brandon. They have a chihuahua, Hairy Pawter, who rules their home and acts as the Prince of the Universe. She still enjoys knitting, travels as often as possible, and forces herself to pretend to enjoy running.
Cultural Competency Lead, Forensic Interviewer, Child and Family Advocate
Sandra is a Cedartown native. She got her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and then obtained her Master’s in Public Administration, both from West Georgia. She previously worked as an immigration paralegal. She loves to read and binge Criminal Minds. She volunteers as a secretary at her church and spends a lot of her time involved there and helping her community.
CASA Program Manager
A Floyd County native, Shemika graduated from Shorter College with a BS is Psychology. She has been working with children and families in social work locally for fifteen years. She is pursuing a Master’s degree in Human Services Nonprofit Management from Shorter University. She currently is revamping and updating the CASA program here in Floyd County. She has a daughter in middle school to whom she is a Girl Scout leader. She enjoys arts and crafts; especially painting and baking.
Interim Program Manager, Advocacy Coordinator, Floyd County CASA Program
Karen is a 1977 graduate of, then, North Texas State University and a 2003 graduate of Sam Houston State University. After retiring in 2006, she relocated to Georgia and began working in mental health services with children and adolescents. Karen was site administrator for a mental health clinic in Rome from 2012-2014 and in 2015, she became the court coordinator for the Rome Circuit Mental Health Court until she retired for a second time in 2022. Karen enjoys pottery, woodworking, and cooking.
Harbor House could not do our important child advocacy work alone. We have wonderful partners in the nonprofit, medical, social services, law enforcement, child protective, legal, and education communities, among others.
Below are some programs that Harbor House hosts to engage with community partners. We thank all for their participation and enthusiasm. If you see an initiative that we may be missing, please reach out to us at 706.235.KIDS (5437).
The following links are offered for informational purposes and are not a substitution for medical, psychological, or legal care. Please read and utilize suggestions with your own best judgment and/or seek professional assistance. Harbor House is not responsible for the accuracy of any information shared by other sites. Upon clicking the links below, you are leaving Harbor House’s website and going to another, unaffiliated site where we do not have control over content.
2024 will bring the 30th Anniversary of the founding of Harbor House. In the mid-1990’s, two homes, next door to each other in the “Between the Rivers” Historic District of downtown Rome were graciously donated to Harbor House. Time and age of the buildings and grounds had taken their toll. Harbor House’s Board of Directors secured a grant to refurbish the houses and The Rome Federated Garden Clubs, Inc., led by Townview Garden Club, secured the Plant America Community Project Grant to refurbish the grounds. With the funds in place and the commitment of many volunteers, 2022 was a year of reclaiming the beauty of Harbor House.
In addition to the grant money, each member of the Rome Federated Garden Clubs pledged one dollar in support of the project. Townview Garden Club also hosted a garage sale in order to donate extra funds for this project. Ten separate work days were scheduled throughout the duration of the project in which members volunteered their time and talents to clean up, remove the old, and plant new. These work days resulted in approximately 150 hours of volunteer time given by the Federated Garden Club and Townview Garden Club members. The project’s goal was to create a beautiful landscape on the grounds of Harbor House. This goal is based on the belief that the children served by Harbor House will experience tranquility and healing as a result of the beauty of the grounds, setting a tone of peace and welcoming before they enter the facility.
The outpouring of support not only from our Federated and Townview Garden Club members, but also from the community as a whole, was tremendous throughout this project. It has been wonderful coordinating the efforts of so many volunteers to bring beauty to a child’s world during a challenging time in their life.
Where do I get help?
Georgia Department of Family and Children Services
1-855-GA-Child, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you need the police, please contact:
Floyd County Police Department at (706) 235-7766
Polk County Police Department at (770) 748-7331
Aragon City Police Department at (770) 684-6563
Cave Spring Police Department at (706) 777-3382
Cedartown City Police Department at (770) 748-4123
Rockmart City Police Department at (770) 684-6558
Rome City Police Department at (706) 238-5111
In 1991, the Floyd County Child Abuse Protocol Committee recommended the establishment of a coordinated system designed to respond to child abuse cases. The committee specifically recommended the establishment of a children’s center and the creation of a multidisciplinary child abuse investigation team. After detailed research and much effort, the Northwest Georgia Child Advocacy Center, known as “Harbor House”, was established in the fall of 1994.
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Harbor House is a 501(c)3 (nonprofit) organization and donations are tax-deductible.
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