Need for Child Safe
Child Safe of Central Missouri, INC. is a non-profit nationally accredited child advocacy center serving 13 counties and is in Sedalia Missouri. Child Safe is designed especially for children! Child Safe helps victims of child abuse and their safe caregivers as they go through a difficult process of a child abuse investigation.
The services provided by Child Safe are available to cover over 60,000 children under the age of 18 in our 13-county service area. In 2018, 431 children received services provided by Child Safe, more than 1 child per day. Nearly 80% of the families we serve have incomes below the 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and the majority being below the 125%. The average cost per child receiving services is $1,045. All of Child Safe services are provided free of charge.
A Child Advocacy Center (CAC) … What does that even mean?
Because of Child Advocacy Centers, children only have to tell their story 1 time, not 15 times as it was before CAC. Since 90% of abused children never tell anyone about their abuse, this 1 time is most important.
A Child Advocacy Center is a safe, child-friendly, neutral place where children and teens are interviewed about allegations of sexual or physical abuse, or about witnessing a violent crime. CAC provides support to children and families impacted by child abuse.
The goal of a CAC is to prevent a child from having to retell their story, over and over, and to offer a team approach to child abuse investigations.