Children's Network of Stark County: Child Advocacy Center

About Us

Founded in 1987, the Children’s Network of Stark County Child Advocacy Center (The Network) is a community partnership of caring professionals working together in one location. We help children and their families cope with:

  • Exposure to violence
  • Sexual abuse
  • Severe physical abuse
  • Human trafficking
  • We offer comprehesive, coordinated, investigative and professional services. Treatment and aftercare services are also available to children and their non-offending family members.

    Important Facts

  • Over 13,000 children served
  • The first child advocacy center in the state of Ohio
  • Accredited by the National Children’s Alliance
  • What to Expect

    You will meet with members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) that will work with you and your child. Those members typically include:

  • Social worker from Children Services
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Family & Child advocates
  • Medical professionals
  • Forensic interviewer
  • Mental health provider
  • Prosecutor
  • After meeting the team, you will meet with a family advocate who will explain the services available to you and your child. During this time, your child will be escorted to a child-friendy interview room, where he or she will talk with a forensic interviewer.

    The Forensic Interview

    The purpose of the forensic interview is to create a comfortable space for a trained interviewer to address abuse allegations in a neutral, fact finding, developmentally appropriate manner. All forensic interviews at the The Network are legally sound, non-duplicative and non-leading.

  • The forensic interviewer conducts each interview using a nationally recognized protocol
  • Your child and the interviewer will be the only people in the room
  • All interviews are video and audio recorded
  • MDT members will observe the interview from another room
  • Medical Exam

    A specialized pediatric nurse practitioner from Akron Children’s Hospital CARE Center is available at The Network for a complete head-to toe, non-invasive medical exam.

    After the Interview

    After your child’s interview, you will meet with one or more members of the MDT who will share with you what your child disclosed and discuss specific recommendations. It is important that you follow through with all the recommendations as they will help your child begin the healing process.

    Our Mission Statement

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    "To maintain a community partnership that provides innovative, comprehensive services for abused children and their caregivers through prevention, assessment, intervention, treatment, education, and advocacy."

    Vision Statement

    To promote the overall health, protection and well-being for children in our community.

    Source: National Children's Alliance