The Child Center, Inc. is pleased to announce that Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) Tax Credit is now available for anyone who pays Missouri State Income Tax and donates to The Child Center’s Capital Campaign.

All individuals, LLCs, partnerships, banks, or corporations with Missouri tax liability are eligible for the program. Any donation of $500 or more is eligible for a 50% Missouri state tax credit.

YOP donations will be used to support the renovation of The Child Center’s primary facility in Wentzville, MO. The renovation will allow The Child Center, Inc. to expand and enhance victim services including child and family advocacy, forensic interviews, and mental health therapy for child abuse victims and their non-offending caregiver(s) living in the surrounding counties of St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren, Pike, and Montgomery. The impact of this renovation project for children and families is profound and will happen in three phases without any interruption in current services.

The Child Center is the only child advocacy center (CAC) in 14 counties of northeast Missouri serving young victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse and children who witness violence. Children participate in forensic interviews, advocacy, mental health therapy, Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (SAFE), and school and community-based prevention education programs. The primary goal is to ensure that children disclosing abuse are not further victimized by the intervention systems designed to protect them.

How the tax credit works?
If you are in the 35% federal tax bracket and make a gift of $1,000 to The Child Center, Inc.

(*Your results may vary. Please contact your tax professional.)

If a person or business is interested in leveraging their tax dollars and donating to The Child Center, Inc. Capital Campaign they should contact Linda Buschman at 636-332-0899 or for more information or visit

The Youth Opportunity Program (YOP), administered by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, provides tax credits to individuals or organizations administering positive youth development projects.

The Child Center, Inc. is committed to responding to child abuse through a supportive team approach to reduce trauma to children and their non-offending family members.