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. 





Signs of Abuse

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*****While Many Children Show No Visible Signs of Abuse,
The Following Are Physical And Behavorial Indicators That When Recognized Early, May Save a Child's Life.

Neglect

  • Obvious malnourishment
  • Lack of personal cleanliness and hygiene
  • Torn or extremely dirty clothing
  • Hoarding or begging for food
  • Child unattended for long periods of time
  • Need for vision, dental, medical, or mental health services
  • Frequent tardiness or absence from school

Emotional Abuse

  • Overly compliant with adults and/or peers
  • Obvious low opinion of self
  • Severe depression, anxiety, or aggression
  • Difficulty making friends or joining in with other children
  • Lagging in physical, emotional, and intellectual development
  • Caregiver who belittles child, withholds love, and seems unconcerned about child’s problems

Physical Abuse

  • Frequent injuries such as bruises, cuts, welts, or burns without adequate explanation
  • Frequent complaints of pain without obvious injury
  • Burns or bruises in unusual or symmetrical patterns
  • Human bite marks
  • Cigarette burns
  • Lack of reaction to pain
  • Aggressive, disruptive and/or destructive behavior
  • Passive, withdrawn, and emotionless behavior
  • Intense and unexplained fear of going home or seeing parents
  • Injuries that appear after child has not been seen for several days
  • Inappropriate clothing that may hide injuries

Sexual Abuse

  • Evidence of injury to the genital area
  • Difficulty sitting or walking
  • Frequent expressions of sexual activity between adults and children 
  • Extreme fear of being alone with adults (especially of a particular gender)
  • Sexually suggestive, age inappropriate or promiscuous behavior
  • Sexually transmitted disease or pregnancy
  • Sexual victimization to other children
  • Relapse into bedwetting and frequent nightmares
  • Complaints of painful urination
  • Knowledge about sexual relations beyond what is age appropriate

 


Regardless of wether all or some of the listed signs are present, listen to your intuition.

If you suspect a child is being neglected or abused, please call the Child Abuse Hotline at 330-661-0800.

Trained Child Protective Services Staff will evaluate risk to the child(ren) and determine next steps.



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If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Children's Center Case Manager and Victim Advocate,
Shannon E. Collins, at 330-764-8891 ext. 212 or Scollins@MedinaCountyChildrensCenter.org

 

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