Stewards of Children

Stewards of Children is a prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for organizations that serve youth and for individuals concerned about the safety of children.


For more information click here.

Active Parenting and Teens in Action

Active Parenting Publishers has provided award-winning, video-based parenting and teen classes since 1983. The Center has created a trauma informed version of the programs that provide parents and teens with information and support after a traumatic experience.

For more info click the Education-Group Programs tab.

The Center In the Media



November 20, 2018 (Grand Junction, CO) – The Western Slope Center for Children Board of Directors and staff are excited to welcome their new Executive Director, Mistalynn Meyeraan, to their organization. Meyeraan succeeds the previous Director, Melissa Lytle, who resigned in October 2018. Meyeraan will lead the non-profit Center which provides collaborative services to children victims of violence and sexual abuse and their families in a supportive environment that reduces trauma and promotes dignity, justice, and healing. The Center is located in Grand Junction, Colorado, though it serves victims and interdisciplinary agencies from all over Western Colorado. 

“Mistalynn Meyeraan brings with her over 13 years of marketing, public relations, business administration and public management experience to The Center at a time when fundraising and brand awareness is crucial to the organization” stated Dr. Bill Hilty, the Center’s Board President. “She stood out from other candidates due to her passion to serve our community and strong business background, we collectively look forward to the impact that she will bring to elevate this important cause in our community.” 

Meyeraan most recently worked at Reynolds Polymer Technology and the City of Grand Junction; prior to her move back to Western Colorado she was employed at Winter Park Resort. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing from the University of Phoenix, 2008 and in 2017 received a nationally accredited graduate certificate from the University of Colorado Denver from their Colorado Certified Public Manager Program, School of Public Affairs. Meyeraan is a native to Western Colorado. 

“Daily I am inspired by the Center’s mission and the critical work that my new team accomplishes,” stated Mistalynn Meyeraan, new executive director for The Center. “This is primary treatment and prevention at its core and makes a dramatic difference in the lives of the most severely abused children in our community. I am beyond honored to lead this incredible organization and I ask that during this important time of giving that community members think of the Center’s cause and make a commitment of an investment to help the children of Western Colorado.” 

The Center has a staff of eight and coordinates nine contracted SANE (sexual assault nurse exam) nurses. Meyeraan will serve a diverse board of directors, who include 14 community  members. If anyone is interested in joining the Center’s Board of Directors, please contact the main office at 970.245.3788. Tours of the Center and interviews are available upon request. 

About the Center ( 
The Center promotes healing and justice for children who are victims of violence and sexual abuse while striving to make the community safer through prevention education and advocacy. 

Media Contact: 
Mistalynn L. Meyeraan 
Western Slope Center for Children 
(970) 245-3788 office 
(970) 393-3053 cell 

KKCO Reports--Child Advocacy Center Sees Funding Crisis

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An alarming number of child abuse cases are being reporting to the Western Slope Center for Children, the number growing higher every year. Over the past four years, the Western Slope Center for Children has seen a more than a 50-percent increase in the number of child abuse cases coming through their doors. More children means a need for more resources, but funding issues are leaving the center concerned for their future, and for the children they serve. “Ensuring that we have the funds to operate is just vital,” said Melissa Lytle with the Western Slope Center for Children. “That's how we can continue to provide the services we have for children and families."  the Center said there is a multitude of reasons why funding this year is lacking. They’re not in fear of shutting their doors permanently, but instead they worry they may have to cut programs that help children in some of their darkest hours. “I think some of the worry would potentially be having to cut back on some of the programming that we have increased over the years—which we don't want to do,” Lytle said. “We want to move forward, not pull back."

The Western Slope Center for Children said it always accept donations, and will have a few upcoming events in October to raise money to keep their services up and running.  Organizers hope to one day also expand their building, as they have hired more staff to keep up with their growing need.

KKCO - Reports: Child sex assault reports increase 50%


KKCO Reports-April Marks Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month!!  Show your support by wearing blue and being involved in all of the wonderful events that are occurring in the community!

NBC 11 News- Mesa County Honors Child Abuse Prevention Month


KREX-Reports: CMU has Advantage with Access to Sexual Assault Exams


News Channel 5 Reports- Western Slope Center for Children Increases Awareness

Western Slope Center for Children Increases Awareness:
The Western Slope Center for Children served 358 child victims in 2014. This was an 8% increase in child victims served from 2013. We are hoping our continued outreach efforts get the message across about the inportance of knowing what to look for and reporting supected abuse and neglect to law enforcement or human services. Check out the news story regarding our continued efforts in 2015.

KKCO Reports--Local Organizations are Helping Child Sexual Abuse Victims Heal

Please remember that if you suspect child abuse and/or child neglect, report immediately to local law enforcement (for emergencies--911;
for non-emergent dispatch 970-242-6707) or to the
Child Protection Hotline (970-242-1211).

CALL 970-242-1211

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.

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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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