Sanctuary Model of Care

The Sanctuary Model of Care is a treatment and organizational framework for creating trauma-informed communities. The Standards were developed by the Sanctuary Institute in collaboration with Dr. Sandra Bloom as a way of measuring adherence and fidelity to the practices and philosophy of the Sanctuary Model in human service organizations. The Standards serve as a tool to determine if an organization or program meets the qualifications for Sanctuary certification.

Crossnore School & Children’s Home was certified as a Sanctuary organization in 2011 on the Crossnore, NC campus. In October 2014, Maxine Reddy of the ANDRUS Sanctuary Institute and Michael Selep, peer evaluator from Holy Family Institute, visited Crossnore to evaluate the organization for successful implementation of the Sanctuary Model. The evaluators determined Crossnore’s level of implementation of the Sanctuary Model ranging from 1 (not implemented) to 5 (exceptionally implemented). We did not score below a 4 on any of the 28 Standards. The overall score was a 4.5.

Re-certification will take place again in 2018 and will include the Winston-Salem campus.

Today, Crossnore School & Children’s Home is one of 100 programs internationally where the Sanctuary Model is applied.

Theory of Change

The following image speaks more than mere words about Crossnore School & Children’s Home’s approach to children. From the base of the circle, one can see the most basic and most important goals on campus – to provide a safe and loving home to children from families in crisis. Each circle grows bigger within the visual to show the expansion of a child’s well-being – mind, body and spirit.


Theory of Change Circle Image