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. 





Reporting Abuse

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Each of us has a moral obligation to protect our community’s children. 
 
 
If you suspect child abuse or neglect outside of Ohio, please contact the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD.
 
 
*Ask yourself which is worse...being mistaken about your concerns or not speaking up for a child who has been and/or will continue to be harmed?
 
If you are a trusted adult in an child's life, there is a possibility he or she will come to you for help or tell you about an abusive situation. 
Responding appropriately will make a difference as YOU MAY BE THE ONLY ONE THEY EVER TELL

Please remember these important guidelines:
  • Listen and believe what you are being told (even if unimaginable)
  • Do not pressure for more information
  • Do not panic and usher child to other adults to repeat disclosure
  • Reassure that telling was the right thing to do
  • Make it clear that what happened is not his or her fault
  • Use the child's wordsDo not provide or substitute correct or polite words
  • Do not promise to keep what the child shares a secret
  • Do not make other promises you cannot keep.
  • Let child know that you must get help
  • Write down the facts, as you know them
  • Assess the child's immediate safety.  Is it safe for the child to go home?
  • Regardless of your assessment, REPORT IMMEDIATELY
  • Be supportive and available for the child in the future
 
What information do I need to make a report?
  • Name, address, and age of the child you suspect is being abused
  • Name and address of the parents or caretakers
  • Name and address of the abuser (if available)
  • The reason you suspect the child is being abused or neglected
  • Any other information which may be helpful in determining risk to the child
  • Giving your name is optional although may be helpful in clarifying or validating  information.

*The law protects you from being made known as the reporter.

Even if you do not have all of the above information, make the call.  You do not need proof of abuse—just a good-faith concern regarding a child’s welfare.

What happens after a report is made in Medina County?

  • Child Protective Services staff will determine risk to the child and whether or not an investigation is needed
  • If a case is opened, the assigned caseworker will determine whether the child needs to be brought to The Children's Center for an interview and/or a medical examination
  • Child(ren), family members, and essential others will be interviewed in the appropriate setting
  • Caseworker will determine if the child is at risk of or being abused or neglected
  • The case may be referred to other social service agencies or to juvenile or criminal court

Do I have to report suspected abuse or neglect?

You are a mandated reporter and required by law to report your suspicions if you are one of the following:

  • Animal Control Officer/Agent
  • Attorney
  • Audiologist
  • Childcare Worker
  • Children's Services Personnel
  • Clergy
  • Coroner
  • Daycare Personnel
  • Dental Office Staff
  • Nurse
  • Physician (including hospital intern or resident)
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychiatrist
  • School Authority, Teacher, or Other Employee
  • Social Worker
  • Speech Pathologist

 




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