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. 





Feb 9, 2018

Selections from the Darkness to Light blog post on January 26, 2018:

"As an adult, this can be a pretty scary topic to talk about with children. It's important to realize that it is not just a 'gymnastic problem' and 
child sexual abuse can happen in any youth sports organizations or other youth serving organizations.

So how do you start this conversation? Using the events in the news can make it easier.


The below checklist is a great way to get the conversation started:
  •  "Sometimes touch might just feel uncomfortable, even if you like the person. Whenever it's uncomfortable, you can say no."
  •  "No one should ever touch you where a bathing suit covers." This is a good visual, especially for young children.
  •  "It's not okay for someone to ask you to touch their private parts with any part of your body."
  • Tell them their mouth is also a private part.
  • "Your whole body is private whenever you want it to be. You get to decide who touches you."
  • “Has anyone ever told you that something like that (survivor stories) has happened to them?”

It's never too early to talk to your children about our bodies, sex, and boundaries. Remember to keep it an open dialogue and hear your child's concerns and questions.

Most importantly, make sure children understand that no matter what has happened, they can share with you without fear of being blamed."

If you suspect child abuse or neglect in Medina County, please call the

Child Abuse Hotline at 330.661.0800 or 911 if there is immediate danger. All calls are anonymous and confidential.
Posted by Kristen Minichello on February 9, 2018 at 3:00 PM
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