Child Protect brings justice, hope, and healing to children in Mercer County.

As a nationally-accredited child advocacy center, we promote a coordinated response that is compassionate, efficient, and puts the needs of children who are victims of abuse first.

Our services include:

  • Case review
  • Case tracking
  • Forensic interviews
  • Referrals for medical exams
  • Victim support and advocacy
  • Supportive counseling
  • Community education and awareness

Kids In Court

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Children are credible witnesses and deserve to be treated with the respect to which they are entitled. Due to their limited years, children require education and special support prior to giving testimony. The preparation is not to help them remember what happened, but how to be able to communicate their experience and knowledge from the witness stand.

 

Counseling Services

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Child Protect was developed to respond to the needs of children, their non-offending parents and siblings who are in need of support to heal from the trauma of abuse. Child Protect offers counseling services and referrals to area children who may be victims of sexual, physical or emotional abuse. Non-offending family members may also receive counseling.

 

Prevention Programs

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Child Protects goal is to ensure that all children receive their basic right to safety so that they can have the opportunity to grow and thrive. We offer several child abuse prevention programs, as well as Mandated Reporter Trainings for adults who work with children through our Mercer County Starting Points Family Resource Center.

The Starting Points Family Resource Center, located in the same facility as Child Protect, provides a wide range of support for families with children – prenatal to eight years old – and brings needed services together at local community locations. Core services focus on health, nutrition, child development screening and referral, parent and preschool education, home-based service and outreach, information and referral.

The Body Safety program is a curriculum-based child abuse education program that has been approved and endorsed by the Mercer County Board of Education and is currently in its 5th year.  The 45-minute presentations are given in a small class setting in grades K-5 in Mercer County. Body Safety enables children to learn how to tell parents or other trusted adults if something unsafe, such as abuse, is happening to them and what to do if they are the victim of other “unsafe” touches such as bullying.

  • Body Safety for grades K-5
  • Online Safety for grades K-5
  • Online Safety for grades 6-8
  • Online Safety for grades 9-12
  • Online Safety for Parents and Communities
  • Bullying Prevention for grades 3-8
  • Dating Violence Prevention for grades 9-12

A Mandated Reporter is a professional who is required to report instances of suspected child abuse or maltreatment when they are presented with reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or maltreatment in their professional role.

Child Protect offers training for all mandated reporters in the area. This training provides information on why reporting suspected child abuse and neglect is important, what child abuse and neglect may look like, West Virginia laws and policies, how to report, and what happens after a report is made.

 

We Help, Guide, and Protect Abused Children and their Families.

CACs support and coordinate the efforts of a team of professionals consisting of:

  • law enforcement investigators
  • prosecutors
  • child protective service workers
  • medical professionals
  • mental health professionals
  • victim advocates

In the neutral setting of the CAC, team members can collaborate on strategies that will aid investigators and prosecutors without causing further harm to the victim. This innovative, multidisciplinary approach significantly increases the likelihood of a successful outcome in court and long-term healing for the child.

 

West Virginia Child Advocacy Network