Children's Advocacy Center

129 Medical Park Lane
Bellefonte, PA 16823
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Phone: 814.234.6118
Fax: 814.353.4113

The mission of the Children's Advocacy Center of Centre County, Mount Nittany Health, is to meet the needs of the children and families in our community by providing a community based, child-focused center that facilitates a compassionate, multi-disciplinary approach to the prevention, identification, intervention and treatment of child abuse.

At the Children’s Advocacy Center, our primary focus is on the well-being of the child. Our team works together to make each child feel safe and secure, and to ensure that each child is given the opportunity to share their account of reported abuse, neglect, or other crimes they may have been victim or witness to. During a visit to the Children's Advocacy Center, children share their story as part of an investigation and begin their journey to healing. The Children's Advocacy of Centre County became fully operational on February 21, 2014.

Why Do We Need a Children's Advocacy Center in Our Community?

In communities with no access to a Children’s Advocacy Center, children who are a victim or witness of a crime can be interviewed by different individuals anywhere from 7 to 21 times, which often leads to additional trauma for the child.

With the Children's Advocacy Center model in place, children become a part of a team of collaborative representatives from multiple organizations who all gather at the Children's Advocacy Center at the same time. The representatives working with the child may include law enforcement, child protective services, medical examiners, prosecutors, victim's advocates and mental health providers.

What Happens at the Children's Advocacy Center?

The Children's Advocacy Center receives referrals from child protective services and law enforcement. The staff at the Children's Advocacy Center coordinates with the multidisciplinary investigative team to schedule a child friendly forensic interview and medical exam. The child is invited to tell their story to one staff member, trained in the Forensic Interview model. In the interest of their overall health and wellness, the child is also offered a medical exam (provided by Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics) during this appointment.

Following the appointment, the investigative team continues to work together to ensure that the child is provided with adequate support in their healing process. The team remains actively engaged in making referrals to community services.

This team approach to the investigation and intervention of child abuse ensures the child's best interest is at the forefront of our services.

I’m concerned about a child in my community. Who can I turn to?

If you feel that a child in your family or community is the victim of abuse, neglect, or a witness to other crimes, that child needs someone to speak up on their behalf.  We encourage you to contact ChildLine at 1.800.932.0313, or your local Children and Youth Services department. ChildLine staff is available to answer your call 24/7. Callers can remain anonymous.    

How Can I Help the Children's Advocacy Center?

All of our services are offered to victims and their families at no charge. We rely largely on donations to be able to continue to offer this valuable support to children in our community. Consider a donation to The Children’s Advocacy Center of Centre County, Mount Nittany Health.

Are you or your organization:

  • Interested in supporting The Children’s Advocacy Center of Centre County?
  • Looking to make a direct financial contribution to services at our center?
  • Planning a charity fundraising event?
  • Have a different idea for a donation item or service?

Contact the The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center at 814.234.6777or fill out the online donation form.

 

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Kristina Taylor-Porter, MA, executive director, speaks about the Children's Advocacy Center

Children's Advocacy Center - Kristina Taylor-Porter

Kristina Taylor-Porter, MA, executive director, speaks about the Children's Advocacy Center

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Children's Advocacy Center on WTAJ-TV Channel 10

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