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

330.661.0800.

 

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. 





Aug 31, 2018
Medina County Ohio News:  The apparent gratitude of everyone associated with the Children's Center of Medina County was more than evident August 8, when supporters gathered at 724 East Smith Road for the official ground breaking ceremony of the new, soon-to-be expanded facility that will service the the more than 200 local children who are abused every year.

Jen Graham, Capital Campaign Chair and former Children's Center Board President, thanked everyone for coming, with special thanks to Phillip Titterington, representing the ADAMH Board, which gave a generous lead gift of $50,000 to sponsor the Conference Room in the new building.

Brian Cullen, Vice President of Human Resources, Sherwin Williams, and CCMC Board President, said he experienced a rush upon arriving because the future of CCMC was unknown, uncertain, but this day was making a huge difference. He said, "It is sad there is a need to expand to meet the growing needs of these victims, but we are so fortunate we can provide a home of safety, where healing begins. This is more than a landmark day."

Rotarian Roman Paich, representing project partner Pride One Construction, said Rotary is happy to be making the Center a focus of its fund raising efforts. Pride One Construction is one of the construction partners, along with MPG Architects, and Westfield Bank.

CCMC Executive Director Rhonda Wurgler applauded everyone for making this gift available to the children, heartfelt proof of how much everyone cares and comes together as a community.

Medina City Mayor Dennis Hanwell described a truly horrific case of child abuse from the '80s, when he was still a policeman. A three-month old baby boy was being victimized, and the only witness was a preschool sibling who used a doll to show what the parents did to the baby - every movable joint in the baby's body was broken. He said we are blessed that there is now this place for victims to get help, where they will not be revictimized.

Although the hole had already been dug, six youngsters using colorful shovels assisted with a reenactment of the ground breaking: Stella Allen, Luke Fisher, Zach Graham, Ryan Grice, Elle Quallich, and Dale Wurgler.

The mission of CCMC is "to nurture abused and neglected children through collaboration, advocacy, treatment, and prevention." CCMC began offering support services for children who suffer all types of abuse and neglect in 2007; more than 900 of them have been victims of sexual abuse.

CCMC Executive Director Rhonda Wurgler said, "Sadly, the need for our services is growing, in part due to the opioid epidemic. This 5,200 square-foot expanded facility will allow us to better serve a larger population of victims in a child-friendly, safe, and neutral location."

Wurgler added some times they do get positive feedback from once-abused kids who were serviced by the Center, have been able to move on, and are now living successful lives because of the help and support they received.

Among the Project Partners present at the ceremony were: Doug Leohr, Roman Paich, Brett McWilliams, Bill Taylor, and Erick Allen, all from Pride One Construction; David Mann, MPG Architects; Robin Massaro, Westfield Bank; Tonia Fisher, Free Enterprises; and Jill Michalski, RW Corwin and Company.

Community Partners include Jeff Felton/Medina County Job and Family Services; Krista Wasowski/Medina County Health Department; Forrest Thompson/Medina County Prosecutor; and many Medina County Law Enforcement Agency representatives.

A Capital Campaign has been launched. The Center kicked off the project with financial support from 100 percent of the board, staff, volunteers, and Capital Campaign committee members.

Commemorative Gift Opportunities for donors to make a contribution that will acknowledge their support are available. To learn more about Pathway to Healing, please contact Anna Guy-Leach, Development Director, at 330-764-8891 or e-mail aguyleach@medinacountychildrenscenter.org

The CCMC expects to move into the new facility within the next six months. Among its amenities will be state-of-the-art medical exam and lab facilities, and a soundproof forensic interview room that will create a safe environment where children can tell their stories.

Wurther was the only staff when she began in 2011. There are now three full and three part time people who, she says "are amazing," but she said CCMC would like to be able to add two more employees to help with the 60 percent increase in cases a human-trafficking coordinator and a support specialist; that decision depends on whether or not they receive a grant.

Medina County Ohio News
Posted by Rhonda Wurgler on August 31, 2018 at 1:03 PM
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