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Childhelp Programs and Statistics

Childhelp Programs and Statistics:

 

Childhelp® strives to raise public awareness of abuse, offers prevention programs to children and adults, provides training in the detection of signs of child abuse and neglect to mandated reporters, provides the necessary treatment services for victims of abuse, and actively supports child protection legislation.  Childhelp’s focus is to address the issues of child abuse and neglect by providing programs in advocacy, prevention, intervention, and treatment.

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To read more about Childhelp's national programs, you can download the Program Opportunities Catalog (POC). The POC outlines program information, statistics, funding needs, and ways you can get involved all over the country.

Childhelp operates 8 programs in Arizona aimed at the prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse and neglect:
 Children's Center of Arizona
 Children's Mobile Advocacy Center of Northern Arizona
 Cummings Community Center
 Info Center
 National Child Abuse Hotline®, 1-800-4-A-CHILD

 Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona  

Since 1998, the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona (CCCA) has been providing treatment, intervention, and investigation services to abused and neglected children in Arizona.  Professionally trained staff and master’s level therapists encourage, guide, and comfort children and their family members on a journey to a healing place. 

As proof of its value, multiple community organizations join the center creating a premiere “one-stop” approach to child advocacy.  Medical personnel, law enforcement, child protection investigators, and mental health professionals all do their related jobs under one roof providing a more cooperative, comprehensive, and ultimately more effective approach in the best interest of the child than ever seen before. 

CCCA’s services and resources also support and actively participate in the safe placement of abused children and court preparation assistance for the child and their family.  When abuse happens, CCCA takes every step with each child on their quest for healing.   

Childhelp Children’s Mobile Advocacy Center of Northern Arizona

Established in 2003 in partnership with the Safe Child Center at the Flagstaff Medical Center, the mobile center combines specialized services and state-of-the-art telemedicine technology to provide crisis intervention, forensic interviews, medical examinations, and referrals for the area’s abused and neglected children and their families.  The Mobile Advocacy Center also serves as a source of information, giving out victim’s compensation information and assistance, and delivering educational literature to families and professionals.  Child victims and their families are referred by Child Protective Services, the FBI, local police departments, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Through this cooperative effort with private and public agencies in the targeted communities of the tri-county area of Coconino, Apache and Navajo, child welfare professionals can better serve children in a much more timely and comprehensive manner than before.

Childhelp Arizona Community Programs, Cummings Community Center  

Cummings was founded in 1993 as a partnership between the Pendergast Elementary School District, Southwest Leadership Foundation and Phoenix Urban League to create a Head Start preschool program for low-income families in the area.  Cummings and its dedicated staff quickly became a community resource and link to serve a wide-range of other needs including services and referrals in health care, crisis intervention, case management, after-school programs (Project HOPE), mentoring and tutoring, and additional family resources.  Today, children and families are surrounded with resources and support systems that sponsor their individual and collective triumph over personal challenges and unfortunate circumstances.

Cummings serves West Valley children and families in Phoenix, Avondale, Tolleson, and Glendale where sadly, an increasing number of families have income levels at or below poverty.

Childhelp Info Center  

Arizona Child Abuse Info Center, www.ChildhelpInfoCenter.org
The Arizona Child Abuse Info Center website has a 12 year history in Arizona run by the University of Arizona’s Health Sciences Center (Department of Pediatrics). It provides Arizona citizens with critical information regarding child abuse and neglect (CAN).  In the fall of 2007, Childhelp was chosen to acquire the Info Center, sustain the services currently offered by the site, as well as expand the services offered, developing it as a tool to prevent abuse from occurring.

The services provided through the new Info Center include:

-  Information about child abuse and research requests if the information cannot be found on the Info Center.   
-   How to report abuse, reporting laws and protocol, and Legislation or statutes regarding child abuse.
-   Community resources and Advocacy Centers with an Events Calendar
-   Online Resources, Publications, E-Newsletter
-   Topic-related links and information delineating cultural differences and needs

-   Online training modules

           - In January 2010 the first online training will be launched: Free, Web-based Mandatory Reporting Training

Arizona Foster Youth 411, www.FosterYouth411.org & Youth and Young Adult Hotline, 866-999-6384  

For Youth, Designed by Youth

Realizing that some of our most fragile members of the community are foster youth transitioning from care, Childhelp expanded Info Center services by launching the Foster Youth 411 AZ site in August 2009.  Foster Youth 411 is an interactive website that provides youth with the information and tools necessary to understand the critical questions to plan for their future and in understanding options and tools available to them as they answer these questions for themselves.  

The five main content areas of this website include:

1. Becoming a Foster Parent  

- Information on the process of becoming a foster parent in Arizona along with resources to help foster parents understand their foster youth

 2. Where to Go For Support

- Including support groups, counseling, community centers, and places where they can get involved

 3. Surviving on Your Own

 - Information regarding housing, food, clothing, and transportation

 4. Continuing Education

- Information regarding training and education options including vocational training, community colleges, trade schools, etc.

 - As well as information on funding their education, finding employment and accessing resources through one-stop career centers

 5. Legal Information
- Explains eligibility for subsidies, how to obtain a social security card or birth certificate, and how to get a driver’s license

 Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD® 

 Our national hotline receives calls from all 50 states, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Hotline staff members are professional crisis counselors who receive approximately 600 calls per day. With trained interpreters, communication is possible in 140 languages. The confidential and anonymous Hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources.

Approximately 95% of calls are children calling for help; callers wanting to report abuse; frustrated parents; callers requesting a definition of child abuse and what constitutes signs/symptoms; a system failure (i.e., Child Protective Services was contacted, but nothing happened); a caller feeling suicidal; or a concerned teen calling about a friend. Child abuse survivors often call as well. If necessary, Hotline counselors will remain on the line with a caller while initiating a three-way conversation with the caller and the nearest assistance.

 
 
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