Quick Escape

Last year we provided a combination of prevention, education, and support for more than 750 individuals experiencing abuse. Since 2003 services have expanded to include:

Crisis Management
Case Management
Court
Advocacy

24-Hour Crisis Hotline
Hospital-based advocacy for sexual offenses
Community / School Education
Residential Shelter
Local Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

Our Mission:

The Children and Family Center of Northwest Missouri brings victims of domestic violence and sexual assault together to provide a safe and nurturing place to learn and grow through crisis and case management, court advocacy, support groups, 24 hour crisis hotline, shelter, and parent and community education. We cover 5 counties: Worth, Gentry, Nodaway, Atchison, and Holt.

Our Vision:

At The Children & Family Center we envision a home, a community & a world without abuse. Through the collaborative efforts of community individuals & services agencies, programs have evolved to meet the specialized needs of the individuals & families served in this rural area. Our goal is to empower victims of domestic violence &/or sexual assault to make permanent changes to end the violence in their lives.


 

A Person Behind The Statistics:

-My time with the Children and Family Center was a chaotic whirlwind. My life was flipped upside down in a matter of hours. Having to tell my darkest experiences to a complete stranger so they can help keep my children and I safe was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. I had to talk about my abuse to the staff at the shelter, to police officers, a judge, and lawyers over and over again. Those strangers I took a leap of faith on to help me are now loved ones I cherish and could not imagine my life without. They are my family. In my darkest days and most insecure moments, the staff built me up. They helped me to see my worth and restore my confidence.  The staff at the shelter always made sure my daughters and I were ok even years after we left the shelter.  The shelter helped me leave my abuser and obtain an order of protection for myself and my children. They even helped me through a custody battle that would end up being years of horrible, unbelievable let downs and grief.  The staff walked with me through EVERY painful step of me changing my life for the better.  If they were unable to help me in any way, they always found a resource or recommendation of where to turn next. They were there for me when others didn’t know how to be.  The shelter provided a support group, which I have made a few lifelong friends. We build each other up and fiercely believe in one another.  After years and years of physical, mental, and sexual abuse, I retained my brain to think like a healthy individual. My time at the shelter was a whirlwind of change, a tragedy that brought much growth and change.  Meeting the staff and working with them has been a blessing I will never take for granted.


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