Who we are
Established in 1902, CAS is amongst Singapore’s oldest secular philanthropic organisations. Through our two services, Melrose Home and Melrose Care, we provide residential care and specialised therapies to support children and youths who have experienced adverse life circumstances such as abuse or neglect.
Successful Lives, Stable Families, Strong Community
To help children and young persons in need so that they succeed and contribute to family and society
What We Do
At CAS, the majority of the children and youths we provide support to have undergone adverse childhood experiences, which are traumatic events that occur during their childhood. Some examples include physical, psychological, emotional or sexual abuse, as well as neglect.
Often, the trauma experienced by our children and youths has not been adequately addressed, which gives rise to various challenges they encounter, including:
- Difficulties in controlling impulses
- Lower academic achievement
- Emotional instability
- Disruptive or destructive behaviour
- Concentration difficulties
- Poor sleep patterns
Adverse childhood experiences may result in the manifestation of trauma symptoms. Unresolved trauma can have far-reaching effects on individuals and families, extending across generations and leading to long-term medical, mental and social consequences.
The effects of trauma are not confined to our counselling rooms or residential home; they extend to our clients’ families, schools, workplaces, communities and society as a whole.
CAS embraces a trauma-informed approach through our two services, Melrose Home and Melrose Care, that permeates all levels of work, supported by research and the professional expertise of our team.
Trauma-informed care also means making a shift, as an organisation, from asking, “What is wrong with this person?” to “What has happened to this person?”
How We Do It
Melrose Home is a residential home for children and youths aged 6 to 21 years old who are experiencing adverse family circumstances or child protection issues.
Melrose Care is a community-based agency offering subsidised counselling and specialised therapy for children, youths and families in the community.