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:
We offer comprehesive, coordinated, investigative and professional services. Treatment and aftercare services are also available to children and their non-offending family members.
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:
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.
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
"To maintain a community partnership that provides innovative, comprehensive services for abused children and their caregivers through prevention, assessment, intervention, treatment, education, and advocacy."
To promote the overall health, protection and well-being for children in our community.
Source: National Children's Alliance