Help. Hope. Healing

Services of the Center for Children

The Center for Children helps ensure the needs of abused children and their families in our community are met by facilitating and coordinating the work of existing agencies such as the Mesa County District Attorney's Office, mental health providers, the medical community, the Mesa County Department of Human Services, and local law enforcement agencies, which include the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and the Grand Junction, Fruita, and Palisade Police Departments. The Center also provides direct, supportive services to victims, families, and individuals who come through our doors.  We also provide services to out-of-county agencies as needed.
Some of the services provided at the the Center include:
  • A home-like atmosphere
  • A dramatic reduction in the number of interviews a victim must undergo
  • Legally sound, neutral forensic interviews
  • Forensic medical exams by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E)
  • Up front and ongoing advocacy and support for the child and family
  • Coordination of efforts of the professionals responsible for the investigation and prosecution of child abuse
  • Appropriate medical and mental health referrals
  • On site mental health services
  • Information and resources on healthy sexual development, abuse, and community resources and services
  • Sexual abuse prevention training
  • Facilitated case coordination and review meetings
  • Assistance with how to report suspected acts of child abuse
  • Training for professionals who handle child abuse cases

What IS a Child Advocacy Center?

Want to learn more about what a child advocacy center is?  Click the picture above for a quick overview of the importance of child advocacy centers for children and families.

IF YOU SUSPECT ABUSE
CALL 970-242-1211
OR DIAL 911

If you suspect child abuse - or if a child tells you about abuse - making a report is very important! You cannot get into trouble or lose your job for making a report that turns out to be unfounded if you had good intentions when you made the report.

All calls remain anonymous.
Reports of known or suspected child abuse or neglect should be made immediately to the Mesa County Department of Human Services Child Protection Hotline at (970) 242-1211 or a local law enforcement agency at 911.

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