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. 





Sexual Abuse Prevention

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1 out of 10 children you know will be sexually abused before they turn 18.

Research shows that people who are sexually violated as children are far more likely to experience psychological problems often lasting into adulthood. These poblems include Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSS), depression, suicide, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, school dropout and relationship problems.

Resources to Prevention Sexual Abuse

We CAN protect our children, stop abuse, and build a strong and prosperous future for our community. It’s possible and it’s happening.

Not sure what you can do? Check out the following resources. 

5 Steps to Protecting Our ChildrenTM

The 5 Steps to Protecting Our ChildrenTM is an introductory guide to help adults protect children from sexual abuse. Using an evidence-informed approach, these guidelines provide simple and practical actions you can take to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
Together, they form the framework for Darkness to Light's prevention training program, Stewards of Children®.

Stewards of Children®

Stewards of Children®

Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® is a revolutionary evidence-based sexual abuse prevention training program that educates adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, and motivates them to courageous action. The Stewards of Children® curriculum has undergone three quasi-experimental studies and a 3-year study using full experimental design (RCT). It has been shown to increase knowledge and positively change child-protective behaviors over time.

Two further analyses have produced data that suggest that the Stewards of Children® program is effective in increasing educator reporting, which may lead to direct positive outcomes for children.

The Stewards of Children®  program is designed for organizations that serve children and youth, and any/all adults interested in protecting children.

The curriculum can be used by organizations and corporations who are:

  • Seeking evidence-based training for staff and volunteers in the prevention of child sexual abuse.
  • Wanting to make a difference in their community by educating adults about the protection of children.
  • Needing to respond to insurance requirements regarding child protection.
  • Wanting to enhance community-training initiatives and develop potential sources of revenue.

Currently we able to provide this training for free to Medina County community groups and organizations, thanks to our donors.

Contact us today to schedule a training session for your organization or business. The training takes approximately 3 hours and does offer CEU's. 

We also offer training on child abuse to service clubs, local churches, parent groups, etc.

To request a presentation please contact Jean Bayer at (330) 764-8891 ext 216 or email a request to  JBayer@MedinaCountyChildrensCenter.org

 

Books To Read With Children

  • "Those are MY Private Parts"  by Diane Hansen
  • "Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept"  by Jayneen Sanderss
  • "Your Body Belongs to You"  by Maude Spelman and Teri Weidner
  • "The Right Touch:  A Read-Aloud Story to Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse"  by Sandy Kleven
  • "Some Parts ar Not for Sharing" by Julie K. Federco
  • "I Said No! :  A Kid-to-Kid Guide to Keeping Your Private Parts Private"  by Sue Rama
  • "My Body is Private"  by L.W. Girard

Books to Give/Read With Teens

Books For Adults

  • "Mommy, Please Read This:  The Facts About Child Sexual Abuse"  by Troy D. Timmons 
  • "Keeping Kids Safe:  A Child sexual Abuse Prevention Manual"  by Pnina Tobin
  • "How to Protect Your Children on the Internet:  A Road Map for Parents and Teachers"  by Gregory S. Smith
  • "Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens:  Helping Young People Learn To Use the Internet Safely and Responsibly"  by Nancy E. Willard
  • "What Mommy Doesn't Know:  Awareness and Prevention of Sexual Abuse in Children"  by Jessica Jefferson
 

For Parents and Caregivers

  • "How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk" by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • "Raising Careful, Confident Kids in a Crazy World" by Paula Statman
  • "Helping Your Child Recover From Sexual Abuse"  by D. Adams and J. Fay
  • "Healing the Harm Done:  Practical Avice for Parents"  by Dr. Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck
  • "No Secrets, No Lies:  How Black Families Can Heal from Sexual Abuse:  For Survivors, Parents, Guardians/Caretakers, Family, and Friends"  by Robin Stone
  • "When Your Child Has Been Molested"  by K. Brohl
 



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