Children’s Advocacy Center
2855 Michigan St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Someone with you every step of the way.
How well a child copes following a disclosure of sexual abuse has a lot to do with the support of those around them. The Family Services team plays a key role in helping both child victims and their families in the aftermath of a traumatic experience.
The Family Services team can provide assistance in accessing needed information, specialized services, and support throughout the healing and justice process.
Getting medical attention.
An advocate can help you obtain a non-invasive medical exam for your child. We partner with the YWCA to conduct these exams, which consist of a basic well-child exam with the addition of a specialized, non-invasive sexual abuse exam.
The evaluation also provides children and caregivers an opportunity to ask questions. Children often need reassurance that their body is okay after sexual abuse has occurred.
Helping navigate the necessary resources.
Caregiver support services were created to support parents and caregivers as they work through their child’s trauma, as well as continue to navigate the daily struggles after abuse has occurred.
Services address needs that may be a barrier to stabilization of the family after abuse has occurred.
The Center’s Caregiver Therapist provides support for parents and caregivers who may need to process their emotions and the complexity and trauma of child sexual abuse. After an internal referral, a short-term individualized treatment plan is created, and outside referrals can be made, as appropriate if the caregiver needs long-term support.
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