What We Do

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

We are a child-oriented facility, which serves as a centralized location for interviewing and examining children who are victims of physical and sexual abuse.
Our main focus is the health and wellness of the child. Members of the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) help the child and family cope with the abuse and begin the recovery process.

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. 

Our Team


Multidisciplinary Team (MDT)
The multidisciplinary team helps the child and family cope with the abuse and begin the recovery process.
Our multidisciplinary team combines expertise and professional knowledge for a more complete understanding of case issues and a more supportive response to the child victim and non-offending family members. The team is composed of those interviewers; child protective services, prosecuting attorneys, law enforcement officers, mental health workers, victim assistance and Rape Crisis, medical professionals and clinical staff manage the cases.

Multidisciplinary Team Members:

S. Forrest Thompson, Medina County Prosecutor

Sue DeSantis, Medina County Prosecutor Victim Assistance Program

Victim Advocate

Barbara Michelson, Ph.D., Cornerstone Comprehensive Psychological Services 
Clinical Psychologist

Emma Raizman, MD., Akron Children's Hospital Pediatrics
Medical Expert

Karen Fitzgerald, MSN, PNP-BC, Medina County Health Department
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

All Medina County Law Enforcement Agencies

Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties

Medina County SPCA

Rhonda Wurgler, MPA
Executive Director

Shannon E. Collins
Victims Advocate/Case Manager 
Robyn Silves, LPN
Andrea Ryan
Program Support Specialist
Sheila Noel
Outreach Coordinator


Board of Directors   

The Children's Center is governed by a Board of Directors that consists of members from our community who volunteer their time and efforts towards increasing the support and services available to the children who need us.  
Robin Massaro, President
Westfield Bank, FSB.

Brian CullenVice President
Sherwin Williams Company
Jill D. Michalski, CPATreasurer
RW Corwin & Company
Tonia Fisher, 
Free Enterprises, Inc.
Elizabeth M. Bux, Esq.
Williams and Batchelder, LLP

Chief Terry Grice
Montville Township Police Department

Meru Maharaj
Re/Max Oasis Dream Homes

Heather Roberts, CTP
Wells Fargo

John Ross
Title Alliance

Sarah Toman, PhD
Therapeutic Associates of Medina

Michael D. Warner, Sr., CPA
INSYTE Consulting Group, LLC.

We are always searching for community members willing to serve on our board.  
Please fee free to contact the Children's Center if you are interested in filing an important role in our community.

Emily Bostwick
Pam Flora
Ed Shuttera
Cassie Starr

If you are interested in volunteering at the Children's Center, please take a moment to complete and return the Volunteer Packet.   Completed Applications may be faxed to the Outreach Coordinator at (330) 764-8893 or mailed to The Children's Center of Medina County at 200 Highland Drive, Medina OH 44256.

Once applications are received, we will contact you and schedule a time to meet you and for you to tour the facility. 

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