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. 





Trauma Recovery

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Trauma is the response of our minds and bodies when overwhelmed by a painful and shocking experience. Because school and domestic violence, natural disasters, unstable living environments, and abuse are a part of our society, they are a part of our children’s lives.

Children who have had such experiences usually show signs of distress, although in some, suffering isn’t obvious and can be misdiagnosed as an attention deficit or developmental disability. Therefore, it is important for the caretakers and other adults in a child’s life to recognize common signs of trauma.

 

COMMON SIGNS OF TRAUMA

 

Children 5 and Under

  • Sleep difficulties/nightmares
  • Returning to younger behaviors
  • Avoidance of new things
  • Excessive fear and anxiety
  • Recreating traumatic event during play
  • Excessive clinging

Children 6-11

  • Lack of appetite
  • Angry and disruptive behaviors
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Withdrawal/depression
  • Declining grades
  • Physical complaints
  • Irrational fear and anxiety

Adolescents 12-17

  • Withdrawal and isolation
  • Nightmares
  • Substance abuse
  • Problems with relationships
  • Extreme guilt
  • Fantasies of revenge
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Rebellious behaviors
  • Anxiety and avoidance

A child’s recovery from trauma is dependent on the parent and caretaker’s willingness to deal with their own emotions, and their support of the child for the length of time it takes to heal.

Here are a few suggestions in responding to immediate crisis and the trauma that follows:

  • Explain the event in a way your child understands assuring that it wasn’t his/her fault
  • Encourage expression of feelings without judgment or pushing the child to talk
  • Stick to a daily routine
  • Let your child have appropriate choices to regain a sense of control
  • Express your love and protection often
  • Be tolerant of acting out behaviors
  • Seek professional help from someone who is trained in dealing with trauma

Moving on after a traumatic experience is difficult but possible. In fact, your family has the opportunity to become stronger and closer as a result. Here are a few ideas to promote healing and re-affirm what matters most in your life:

  • Read a story together about tragedy, loss, and grief
  • Have your child make a picture or write a story as a way to express emotions
  • Share a difficult life experience of your own and how you got through it
  • Demonstrate and encourage love and gratitude in your home through words and actions
  • Involve your child in showing comfort to another person who is suffering through a visit or sending a card
  • Allow yourself to make mistakes, and remember there are no perfect solutions

Knowing who to ask and where to find help is the FIRST STEP in your family's recovery.

 

PROFESSIONAL HELP

Avenues of Counseling and Mediation

230 S. Court Street, Ste 5  Medina, OH  44256

330-723-7977

Catholic Charities

4210 N. Jefferson Street  Suite A  Medina, OH  44256

Cornerstone Comprehensive Psychological Services

4018 Medina Road, Ste D  Medina, OH  44256

330-722-4166

Solutions Behavioral Health Care

246 Northland Drive  Medina, OH  44256

330-723-9600

Therapeutic Associates of Medina

315 W. Liberty Street  Medina, OH  44256

330-607-1560

 

 

 




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