How Does The Child Protection Center Make A
In Ross County,
there had been a lack of local services and large gaps
in the services that were available
in Ross and surrounding who had
been sexually abused. So, in 1995 the Child Protection
Center was formed to ensure that Ross County and
surrounding county children who had been sexually or
received appropriate attention in a timely and
family-friendly manner without regard for their ability
The Center utilizes
a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency approach to care and
meets the strict standards of a Children’s Advocacy
Center set by the National Children’s Alliance. The
clinic opened its doors in 1996 and became incorporated
and tax exempt as a non-profit organization in October
1997. Since then, we have seen hundreds of
children and families in the clinic for child abuse
A typical assessment
includes a forensic interview and a physical
examination. Closed circuit TV is used during the
interview with the child so that members of the team can
observe the interview without distracting the child.
The physical exam
consists of a complete head to toe examination. The
physician utilizes specialized equipment that is
non-invasive to document any evidence of abuse.
The child therapist
is available at the visit to talk with the child and
caretaker. Families are more likely to continue with
therapy when the therapeutic relationship has started at
the clinic. At the visit, the therapist supports the
caretaker as well as the child.
prevention program that we offer to Ross County Schools
Body Safety presentation.
utilizes a puppet to teach children how to keep their
bodies safe. We also offer Parenting Classes which are
designed to provide families information and support in
a fun fashion.
Visitation/Exchange Program was started at the Child Protection
Center in 1999. The Supervised Visitation/Exchange
program was created to provide a safe, neutral and
friendly surrounding where interactions between
non-custodial parents and children can be monitored.
The visits and exchanges are scheduled upon referral
from the Common Pleas Judges, both Juvenile and Criminal