Our Services

Building Trust.

Imagine the fear and pain a child must feel when recounting the story of their sexual abuse.

Now imagine having to tell that story over and over again, to multiple people in multiple places. Your anguish would be magnified and extended, further traumatizing both you and the people who love you.

The Children’s Advocacy Center brings together under one roof all the resources a child who has been sexually abused might need, so they do not have to keep reliving the abuse.

Inspiring Hope.

Law enforcement, Children’s Protective Services, medical personnel, therapists, and advocates come together here to interview, assess, and determine next steps for children who may have been sexually abused.

Our services include forensic interviews, therapy, and family advocacy. All services are provided in a safe, sensitive, child-centered environment. Services are provided at no cost to all children and non-offending family members throughout Kent County.

Empowering Community.

Our Kids Have Rights program equips students from kindergarten to fourth grade with age-appropriate tools for protecting themselves against sexual abuse, and provides support when reporting current or past abuse.

Law Enforcement

We work closely with all law enforcement agencies in Kent County and others across the State. The Grand Rapids Police Department, Kent County Sheriff’s Office, and Wyoming Public Safety detectives who focus exclusively on suspected child sexual abuse are housed at the Center.

Children’s Protective Services (CPS)

The Center also houses CPS workers, who are responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect in Michigan. Working here alongside law enforcement means they spend less time coordinating efforts—phone calls, emails, etc.—and more time investigating complaints.

Help for Parents

Parents can contact the Center directly at to request assessment services if they have concerns about a child’s behavior, questions about normal development, or suspicions that their child has been sexually abused.

If a child discloses sexual abuse, a report should be filed online or by immediately calling Children’s Protective Services at 1-855-444-3911.