The mission of the Children's Justice Center is to provide a child-friendly atmosphere designed to help children feel safe and comfortable while being interviewed regarding alleged abuse.
If you came to this page in search of help, we hope you will take a few minutes to read this message to you. We know that many young people today find themselves in horrible situations. Maybe you are one of those people or maybe you are a friend to someone in a bad situation. You need to know that you are not alone and that there are a lot of people that are ready to help. If you or someone you know is being abused please get to an adult that can help you right now. You can talk to your school teachers, officers, Child Protective Services, principals, church leaders, a neighbor, or anyone that you know that cares about your well-being.
Many young people make the mistake of not trusting law enforcement or Child Protective Services because their family has a history of dealing with these agencies. Please know that it is their job to help you and they are on your side.
When children and families come to the Center for interviews, they are directed to the living room to find comfortable seating, children's toys, movies, books, and other comforts of our home-like environment. The interview takes place in a similarly comfortable room with soft chairs. To help reduce secondary trauma of child victims, audio and video recordings preserve the interview for evidence and reduce the need for multiple interviews.
Before the families leave the Center, the children receive a bag with healthy snacks and the adults receive a folder with informational literature and contact information. Victims of child abuse may also come to the Center for medical examinations. The families are directed to the same comfortable waiting room where medical professionals speak with the child and parents. Prior to the exam, the child chooses a blanket that can be used during exam and taken with them when they leave.