History of the Child Protection Center
Child Protection Center (CPC). a nationally accredited child advocacy center, has served victims of child abuse and their families for more than 16 years.
CPC was opened in 1996 to serve as a child-friendly, safe place for children and adolescents who are alleged victims of sexual or extreme physical abuse, neglect or who have witnessed a homicide or violence to give their statement about their experience. Their statement is called a forensic interview.
Children are referred to Child Protection Center by law enforcement or Children's Division (child protective services) after a report of abuse is made. In 1996, fewer than 350 children received forensic interviews or extended forensic interviews; that number grew to 827 by 2010. Since 1996 more than 10,000 children and their families have been served.
Originally located at The Children’s Mercy Hospital, CPC outgrew this space and moved under the Jackson County Family Court in 2000.
In July, 2007, it became an independent not for profit organization. This transition gave CPC more financial stability by allowing us to broaden our funding base and increase our ability to fulfill our mission.
In 2009, CPC raised funds necessary to renovate and relocate to a larger facility in the Children’s Mercy Clinic building in order to expedite services to children and families.