Our organization serves as the central point for direct services for child abuse and neglect cases. We serve children from ages of 2 to 17 years who have been reported to law enforcement or Child Protective Services as being potential victims of child abuse/neglect or witness to violence.
- Minimize trauma to child victims of suspected child abuse or witness to violence
- Coordinate a collaborative response to cases of child abuse
- Help children heal from their trauma
- Work to increase community awareness of and how to prevent child abuse in our community
1. Forensic Interviews
Our specially trained forensic interviewers work with law enforcement and child protective services to minimize the number of times children have to tell their stories. All interviews are child-friendly, legally sound, and conducted in a neutral environment. In 2016, our organization conducted 451 forensic interviews.
2. Medical Evaluations
Our specially trained nurse practitioner conducts medical evaluations to ensure the health and safety of the children, to document any evidence of abuse, and to refer for additional care as needed. In 2016, our organization conducted 61 medical exams.
3. Mental Health Services
Our therapists offer specialized trauma-focused, evidence-based mental health services to assist the children and families cope with the trauma and to help them through the healing process. In 2016, our organization conducted 579 therapy sessions.
4. Child Advocacy/Case Management
Our child advocate focuses on the needs of the children and the non-offending caregiver(s) by providing needed moral support and links to other community resources that the family may need. In 2016, 366 cases were referred to our Child Advocate.
We provide a vital community service by offering education, prevention and community awareness presentations and training's on relevant and vital child safety issues. In 2016, we conducted Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training for 195 individuals in our community. Call (803) 644-5100 to find out about our next training.
6. Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT)
We coordinate our local MDT. The MDT is made up of a group of professionals who work together in a coordinated manner to ensure an effective response to reports of child abuse and neglect. Team members are from child protection, law enforcement, solicitor’s office, school system, healthcare, mental health and other community agencies. Our MDT meets bi-weekly throughout the year to discuss action plans for recent investigations and updates on past cases.