Wentzville (Children's Services) | 636-332-0545
Wentzville (Admin/Prevention) | 636-332-0899
Hannibal | 573-221-2256

Who We Are

The Child Center, Inc., is a Child Advocacy Center (CAC), serving child victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and children who witness violence.

The CAC model is based on the belief that the combined professional wisdom and skill of the multi-disciplinary team approach results in a complete understanding of case issues and the most effective child- and family-focused system response possible.

The Child Center, Inc., is a child-focused place where a comprehensive, coordinated approach is taken in response to allegations of child sexual and physical abuse occurring in our 14 county service area.

The primary goal of The Child Center, Inc., is to ensure that children disclosing abuse are not further victimized by the intervention systems designed to protect them.  Services offered include forensic interviews, children and family advocacy, mental health therapy, and school and community-based prevention education programs.

When a case is referred to The Child Center, Inc., members of law enforcement, Children's Division workers, the Prosecuting Attorney's office, Juvenile Justice Center staff, Medial SAFE Providers, child and family advocates, and mental health therapists form a Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT). Each agency or professional on the MDT has a specific role in the investigation and intervention process.  The forensic interviewer is also a member of the MDT, however, the forensic interviewer serves as a neutral participant.

The Child Center, Inc. was incorporated in 1999 as a not for profit child advocacy agency.  The center first received funding from the Department of Social Services and officially started providing services October 1, 2000.  The center is a Full Member and Accredited by the National Children’s Alliance as of October 2004.   The Center has expanded its service area to include the fourteen (14) counties of St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren, Montgomery, Pike, Ralls, Marion, Monroe, Shelby, Lewis, Clark, Knox, Scotland, and Schuyler.  The main office is located in Wentzville, MO with another office located in Hannibal, MO and a satellite office in Memphis, MO.

Changing the Child Abuse System
What Happens today

The Truth About Abuse

The Child Center, Inc.

  • 139,000 children under 18 years old live in the 14 counties served.
  • 713 children completed Forensic Interviews in 2017.
  • 27,817 students and 3,269 parents & professionals participated in prevention programs presented by the Prevention team.

Missouri

  • Each Missouri Child Advocacy Center is in compliance with full membership standards of the National Children’s Alliance.
  • Missouri Child Advocacy Centers serve about 7,000 children each year.
  • 15 Accredited Child Advocacy Centers in the state of Missouri.

Nationally

  • 1 in 4 girls & 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by their 18th birthday.
  • 90% of all sexual molestation is committed by someone the child likes, loves, or lives with.
  • 1 in 5 children are solicited sexually while on the internet.
  • 60% of child sexual victims never tell anyone.

Board of Directors

Executive Board

President
Juli Hillyer
Missouri Dept. of Mental Health

Vice President
Julie Seymore
St. Charles County Treatment Court

Treasurer
Daniel Mudd
Anders CPA + Advisors

Secretary
Angie Harness
Angie Harness Real Estate

Board Members

Melissa Bailey
Lake St. Louis Neighbors

Chuck Brooks
Commerce Bank

Carri DeHart
St. Louis Children's Hospital

Amy Dunning
St. Charles Convention Center

Jared Howell
Hamilton Weber LLC

Carla Klaskin
Mercy

Board Members

Shane McKelvey
Empower Retirement

Brent Niederer
Liberty Mutual Insurance

Jennifer Patterson
Francis Howell School District

Chris Schulte
Central Bank

Chris W. Schulte
Porta-King Building Systems

Quarterly Newsletter

The Advocate Newsletter – August 2018

August 23, 2018

August 2018 It’s August and that means it’s Back to School Time! Store shelves are crowded with back to school supplies; backpacks, new shoes, colorful folders, pens and pencils, and every kind of school supply a child could ever need to be ready for the new school year.  There is one school supply that you…

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The Advocate Newsletter – May 2018

May 30, 2018

Letter from the Executive Director Welcome to summer! For many families with children, summer means children splashing in the pool, day camps or sleep-away camps, school summer break, lemonade stands, and long lazy days spent outdoors. But, it also means a change in routine when children may have less supervision or be supervised by different…

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The Advocate Newsletter – February 2018

February 6, 2018

  Letter from the Executive Director Thank you for making a difference in 2017! 2017 was a year of “Taking Action” here at The Child Center, Inc., and we would not have been able to do what we did and provide the services we did without your generous support. Each time you made a donation, each…

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Advocate Newsletter – November 2017

November 17, 2017

We’d like to welcome you to The Child Center, Inc.’s first newsletter! We’re excited to better communicate our success and needs to you throughout the year, and to offer child abuse education to our community members. Every quarter our newsletter will arrive by email and we’ll also have limited printed copies available. Please flip through…

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