All children need and deserve the love and care of parents and other adults who nurture and protect them.
Hannah's House is a supervised visitation and safe exchange family center that provides a safe place for children caught in the middle of Family Court custody disputes, a place where children can come together with their parents in a nurturing, supportive and protective environment. We help kids safely spend time with parents who are overcoming issues affecting their ability to parent independently. We help parents through a variety of classes: parenting, co-parenting, anger management, and substance abuse. Hannah's House prevents family violence/abductions during break-up/transition of the family. We reduce conflict in the families & communities we serve.
Hannah is the namesake of our organization and the continued inspiration for our work. She reminds all of us, every day, of the importance of a safe and secure routine for the children of divorce and separation. And she inspires us to protect children from the trauma she suffered.
Hannah was two years and four months old when her father abducted her. She was gone for almost exactly four years. During that time Hannah’s mother and two sisters struggled with fear, depression and despair. They tried to cope with the alternating hope that Hannah would be found and the grief that she was lost to them forever.
Hannah had to go through dramatic changes when she was abducted, on the run with her father for four years, and again when she was finally found. Everything about her life kept changing, with no warning, and she had no say in it and no control over it.
Upon her return to her mother's home, Hannah showed a remarkable resilience as she struggled to accept and understand what was happening, and what had happened, to her. And she did so with the loving support of her mother and sisters, as well as a supportive relationship with a psychologist who worked with Hannah as she worked to adjust to her new life.
With over 35 years of human services experience, and degrees in child development, music, psychology, behavioral science and couples/family therapy, Susan Griffin also has specialized training in parenting/co-parenting; child development; divorce and family dynamics; substance abuse; anger management; and music/art work with children.
Susan Griffin co-authored a book with her son's father,Co-parenting For The Sake of The Kids, a booklet for teachers, employee assistance professionals, and family law attorneys. She is also author of a series of articles called "The ABC's of Parenting." Her books include:Parents are Forever; Turtles Travel Too; andThe Healing Circle of Stones: A Positive Force for Transformation of Self and Community; and Good Order and Discipline.
In addition to over 30 years of work as a teacher, consultant, advocate and activist in the human services field, she is a parent, step-parent, licensed ham radio operator, amateur herpetologist, horsewoman, songwriter, musician, artist, poet and short story writer.
She has been honored to receive the San Diego Channel 10 Leadership Award; San Diego Kiwanian of the Year Award; and the prestigious Barbara Christenson Award from the St Germaine Childrens Charity.
1988 - Founded
1993 – Nonprofit incorporation
1998 – Access to Visitation Grant
2003 – California Endowment Grant
2004 – 1st Las Patronas Foundation Grant
2007 – 2nd Las Patronas Foundation Grant
2010 – 3rd Las Patronas Foundation Grant
2011 - Achieved San Diego Foundation Valued Partner Status
2012 – Weingart Foundation Grant
2013 - 3rd Las Patronas Foundation Grant and New Location in Kearny Mesa
2014 - Recipient of the Barbara Christensen Heart of San Diego Award from St. Germaine Children's Charity
- Children need both parents so love ALL of who your child is, not just the part you contributed
- Say yes to requests from your child or coparent whenever you can
- Always take the high road with your coparent
- Respect the other parent at all times in your interactions with children and with coparent
- Assume good intentions and best efforts on the part of your coparent
- Give your coparent the benefit of the doubt