Wentzville | 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 through 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 with satellite offices located in Hannibal and Memphis.

Changing the Child Abuse System
What Happens today

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

Yvette Hipskind
Missouri Attorney General's Office

Jared Howell
Hamilton Weber LLC

Chris Schulte
Central Bank

The Truth About Abuse

The Child Center, Inc.

  • 139,000 children under 18 years old live in the 14 counties served.
  • 565 children completed Forensic Interviews in 2016.
  • 26,177, students and 2,548 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.

Funding

All services at The Child Center, Inc. are accessible to all regardless of ability to pay. We are able to provide these services through grants, fundraising events, and private contributions. Grant funders include the Community and Children’s Resource Board of St. Charles County, Division of Social Services, Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victims Crime Fund, Lincoln County Resource Board, Children’s Trust Fund and several other community businesses and foundations.

Career Opportunities

The Child Center, Inc. is seeking qualified applicants for the following positions:

Part - Time Therapist  -  Wentzville, MO. 

Primary duties will be to provide therapy for children or groups regarding child abuse maltreatment and develop and implement therapeutic treatment plans in a Child Advocacy Center setting. The Therapist is part of a multi-disciplinary team who respond to children who have made disclores of abuse, neglect, or violence. Therapist must be knowledgeable and trained in appropriate trauma- focused therapy.
Education and Experience:
Master’s Level Therapist: LMFT, LCSW, LPC
Resume and cover letter should be submitted to wsummers@cacnemo.org.

Special Event/Volunteer Coordinator - Wentzville, MO

This is a full-time position working with a non-profit agency that serves child victims of physical and sexual abuse in 14 counties of northeast Missouri. Reporting to Director of Development, with latitude for independent decisions.  This position assists in the identification and facilitation of all fundraising activities for The Child Center, Inc. (TCC).  This position is also responsible for recruitment and tracking of volunteers for TCC.  The position is results driven with the necessity of making annual fundraising goals for the events as well as building strong relationships with the community and volunteers.
Resume and cover letter should be submitted to lbuschman@cacnemo.org. Please, no phone calls.

Report Child Abuse

If you suspect child abuse, call the Missouri Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-392-3738

If you are calling from out-of-state: 573-751-3448