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Every year thousands of children are the victims of abuse. According to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2012 report, an estimated 686,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect nationwide.
To provide a safe place for children who may have been harmed by abuse Allen Hospital in Waterloo opened a Child Protection Center (CPC) in 2010. Since it opened the Center has seen over 1,500 children. It’s a comfortable, private and childfriendly setting for children and their families who are victims of suspected abuse. A team of health care providers, social workers and mental health providers work with law enforcement and the Department of Human Services to investigate, treat and prosecute suspected child abuse cases. All of these individuals coordinate the investigation so efforts are not duplicated and the victim and family are treated respectfully and their time is used efficiently with focus given to the child’s best interest. “At the Center we talk with children in an information gathering way that is developmentally and culturally sensitive,” said Katie Strub, Allen Child Protection Center forensic interviewer. “Having children come to the CPC limits the number of times they will have to tell their story, which can be traumatic for the child. Our interview should be the only thorough interview with the child.”
“The Child Protection Center is a great community resource,” said Lt. Brook Heuer, Cedar Falls Police Department. 8
Published by UnityPoint Health Cedar Rapids