Guardian Care Center's Vision
A caring community, free of child abuse, where everyone is invested in creating a safe environment for children.
To prevent child abuse in our communities, and to provide compassionate assessment and support for children and families who have been impacted by child abuse.
Goals and Objectives
- To be advocates for children who are victims of abuse or neglect.
- To provide a safe environment where victims of child abuse can tell trained forensic interviewers about their experience.
- To provide objective medical evaluations for children referred to the Guardian Care Center, when needed.
- To provide recorded interviews and the findings of medical evaluations, which the district attorney can use to prosecute the perpetrators of abuse.
- To reduce the trauma children may experience as a result of abuse.
- To reduce the public cost of child abuse and neglect.
- To involve appropriate community resources for referral and treatment of abused children and their non-offending family members.
- To heighten community awareness and activate community response towards child abuse prevention and early intervention.
Values and Beliefs
- Children and families should be treated with dignity and respect.
- Suspected victims of child abuse deserve to tell their stories to compassionate, objective interviewers in a safe, comforting environment.
- Suspected victims of child abuse deserve objective medical evaluations and treatment.
- Systematic trauma to suspected child abuse victims must be minimized.
- We value collaboration with the Department of Human Services and law enforcement agencies.
- A coordinated community effort is necessary to respond appropriately to child abuse.
- Staff must be supported to keeping abreast of current knowledge and best practices in the field of forensic interviewing, medical evaluation, treatment and prevention of child abuse.
- Caring for the children most at risk in our community is always our touchstone for all decision making. We must always ask, “What is in the best interest of the child?”