Sunflower House, A Child Abuse Prevention Center, is a place for children to be interviewed 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.
- Assist with scheduling your child for a thorough, specialized medical evaluation.
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 need a comprehensive medical evaluation. Sunflower House staff will assist families in scheduling these exams with pediatricians specifically trained in child sexual and physical abuse.
After forensic interviews, 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.