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Thirty-four thousand children - or about 100 a day - in Ohio alone are victims of abuse and neglect and because of underreporting, the actual number could be three times as high.
Hearing statistics like this is one thing but comprehending the effect child abuse has on an individual child is another. Most child abuse happens during a critical time of development, with statistics showing that more than half of abuse victims are under the age of five. Not only does the act result in immediate pain, fear, sadness, isolation, emotional instability and loss, but the effects of abuse can last a child's entire life. Child abuse is one of the most devastating traumatic events a person can endure and the emotional trauma remains long after the bruises have healed.
We help to keep children safe by identifying and preventing child abuse and we assist in the differential diagnosis of conditions that may appear to be child abuse but are mimics instead. We assess for and provide mental health services for children exposed to trauma and violence.
Our vision is to assure safe, healthy and nurturing families and communities where all children can achieve their full potential.
Our mission is to be the national leader and resource in the development and validation of best practices for the evaluation, treatment and prevention of child maltreatment.
The Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is a premier program that has helped set the national standard for enhancing and strengthening evaluations of child abuse. We conduct state-of-the-art diagnostic, treatment, prevention and training programs, as well as cutting-edge research in the field of child sexual abuse, child physical abuse, child neglect and parenting.
Our child abuse team is a trained and multidisciplinary group that investigates cases of suspected abuse.
Along with physicians, nurses and social workers, our team includes Cincinnati police and sheriff’s officers, Department of Job and Family Services workers and staff from the Hamilton County prosecutor’s office.
Patient CareWe deliver diagnostic and treatment services when there is a concern of possible child abuse. Each year we evaluate more than 2,000 children for whom abuse is suspected - this is an average of six to seven alleged or suspected abuse cases every day. We collaborate with many community partners in the investigation and treatment of victims within the advocacy center located at Cincinnati Children's.
ConsultationWe provide consultations for parents, investigators and attorneys.
EducationWe offer on-site and internet based trainings for physicians, social workers, investigators and nurses.
In addition to a Cincinnati Children's Hospital Division, our Center is also a Child Advocacy Center (CAC). As a CAC, we are able to focus on better outcomes including minimizing stress for each child. In this collaborative environment that brings together medical staff and community investigators, each child is evaluated once rather than many times avoiding the need to tell their painful story repeatedly. Outcomes are improved by maximizing communication and cooperation between each group of service providers.
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