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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. 

Feb 9, 2018

More than 80 people attended the annual Human Trafficking Awareness training at the Wadsworth Comfort Inn with local expert Dr. Tanisha L. Knighton.

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In 2016, 69 children were reported missing in Medina County. 3,174 children were reported missing in neighboring Cuyahoga County and 1,232 children were reported missing in neighboring Summit County.

Many of the missing children are being recruited into sex trafficking.

The average age of entry into sex trafficking is 11 to 14 years old.

The majority of "Johns" are 41-59 years old.

Common warning signs that a person is being trafficked include:
  • Signs of physical abuse and starvation
  • A person who does not have any identification documents, seems to be controlled, is rarely alone, and is kept away from family and friends
  • Has a "boyfriend" who is much older
  • Runs away from home
  • Talks about traveling to other cities
  • Moves often
  • Has a tattoo that may be a trafficker's branding
  • Appears to live at or near a workplace
  • Works with a large group of people in a small space
  • Works long hours and is not free to leave
Read more in the Medina Gazette article by Bob Finnan.

Looking for more information and resources? Check out Polaris Project and Against Our Will

You can get involved in raising awareness to end human trafficking at the next meeting of the Medina County Coalition Against Human Trafficking on February 22, 2018 at 9 AM.
The Coalition meets at Community Action Wayne/Medina, 799 North Court Street, Medina.
Posted by Kristen Minichello on February 9, 2018 at 3:00 PM


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