Sunflower House, A Child Abuse Prevention Center, is a place for children to be interviewed and receive medical care after a report of child abuse has been made. We work with the police and child protective service social workers to talk with children in our safe and child-centered location.Our goals:
- Do the best we can to find out what happened.
- Make the investigation process as comfortable as possible for both you and your child.
- Explain the child protection and legal systems.
- Provide your child with a thorough, specialized medical evaluation and lab testing when needed.
Children are referred to Sunflower House when allegations of sexual or physical abuse have been made. Our specially trained, forensic interviewers interview children in rooms that are wired to electronically record the child’s statement. Often the recorded interview is used in further investigation or for prosecution in a court of law. Referrals are accepted from law enforcement agencies or the Department for Children and Families (DCF).
Many times children receive a comprehensive medical evaluation. A Sunflower House medical exam is like going to the pediatricians office for an exam. We provide families with necessary prescriptions, referrals to specialists and primary care physicians and we can also give families gift cards to fill prescriptions when they are needed.
After forensic interviews and medical evaluations, children are surprised with the opportunity to choose a stuffed animal, book or toy from our Bear Showcase. Each is donated to Sunflower House by community members and supporters. Please visit our wish list if you’d like to donate an item to Sunflower House.
Free informational booklet
Caring for Kids, What Parents Need to Know About Sexual Abuse is now available for your immediate reference. 58 pages, 11MB. PDF reader required.