What We Do

Our Mission is to nurture abused and neglected children through collaboration, advocacy, treatment and prevention.

Our programs include Child Advocacy Center, Family Visitation Center and Anti - Human Trafficking Awareness.

The Children's Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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Reporting Abuse


If you suspect a child is being abused, it should be reported to Medina County Job and Family Services (MCJFS) at



If a child is in immediate danger, please call 911.


The longer abuse continues, the greater the potential for serious and long-term emotional and psychological difficulties are for the child. 

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Our Story

The story of The Children’s Center of Medina County began in 2005 when Mead Wilkens (former Director of Medina County Job and Family Services) and Dr. Daryl Steiner (former Medical Director Akron Children’s Hospital) came together to bring the national Child Advocacy Center (CAC) model to Medina County. First established as a Child Advocacy Center Program under Medina County Job and Family Services the program quickly became its own 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2008 and at that time became The Children’s Center of Medina County.

The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) model was started in 1985 by Former Congressman Robert E. "Bud" Cramer (AL), then a District Attorney in Madison County, Alabama, who saw the need to create a better system to help abused children. The social service and the criminal justice systems, at the time, were not working together in an effective manner that children could trust, adding to the children's emotional distress, and creating a segmented, repetitious, and often frightening experience for the child victims.

The CAC model of a Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) approach, developed through the vision of Former Congressman Cramer and a group of key individuals, pulled together law enforcement, criminal justice, child protective services, and medical and mental health workers onto one coordinated team.

Today, The Children’s Center of Medina County houses not only Child Advocacy Center Services but also Family Visitation Center Services, and Anti-Human Trafficking Services.

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