What is the Children's Justice Center (CJC)?
Founded in 1991, the CJC supports the healing of abused children so they can live a happy, productive, and fulfilling life through coordinated efforts.
Coordinated Team of Healing Professionals
Over the last 30 years we have put together a team of healing professionals that has helped thousands of children get the mental, emotional and physical support they need.
How We Help Children
We provide a safe, comfortable, child-friendly, atmosphere for children to receive services during the child abuse investigative process so healing starts immediately and the child does not have to retell the abuse over and over.
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Utah County Children's Justice Center: A Beacon of Hope for Abused Children

The Utah County Children’s Justice Center (CJC) has been a cornerstone of support and healing for abused children since its establishment in 1991.

Located in Provo, Utah, the CJC provides a safe, child-friendly environment where victims of child abuse can receive comprehensive services designed to aid in their recovery and ensure their well-being.

Over the years, the center has become an integral part of the community, offering a multidisciplinary approach to address the complex needs of abused children and their families.

A Safe Haven for Vulnerable Children

At the heart of the Utah County Children’s Justice Center is the commitment to creating a safe and nurturing space for children who have experienced abuse.

The center is designed to be welcoming and non-threatening, helping children feel comfortable and secure as they navigate the challenging process of disclosure and healing.

The environment is tailored to meet the needs of children, with comforting decor, play areas, and supportive staff trained to interact with young victims in a compassionate and understanding manner.

Multidisciplinary Team Approach

One of the key strengths of the CJC is its multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach, which brings together professionals from various fields to collaborate on cases of child abuse.

This team typically includes law enforcement officers, child protective services workers, medical professionals, mental health therapists, and prosecutors.

By working together, these experts can provide a coordinated response that addresses the legal, medical, and emotional needs of abused children.

This collaborative model ensures that each child receives a comprehensive evaluation and their case is handled with the utmost care and efficiency.

It also helps to reduce the trauma associated with multiple interviews and investigations, as children can share their experiences in a single, supportive setting.

The MDT approach improves children’s outcomes and strengthens the community’s ability to protect its most vulnerable members.

Forensic Interviews and Medical Examinations

Forensic interviews are a critical component of the services provided by the Utah County Children’s Justice Center.

These interviews are conducted by specially trained professionals who use developmentally appropriate and legally sound techniques.

The goal is to obtain accurate information from the child in a manner that is as non-invasive and stress-free as possible.

These interviews are often recorded to reduce the need for the child to repeat their story multiple times, which can be re-traumatizing.

In addition to forensic interviews, the CJC offers medical examinations performed by pediatricians with expertise in child abuse.

These examinations are crucial for assessing the child’s physical health and collecting necessary forensic evidence.

The medical team also provides reassurance and education to the child and their family, helping them understand the healing process and what to expect moving forward.

Therapeutic Services and Support

Healing from abuse is a long and complex journey, and the Utah County Children’s Justice Center is dedicated to providing ongoing therapeutic support to children, infant to 18 yrs of age.  

The center offers various mental health services, including individual therapy, group therapy, and family counseling. 

These services are designed to help children process their experiences, build resilience, and develop healthy coping mechanisms.

Therapists at the CJC are skilled in trauma-informed care and use evidence-based practices to address the unique needs of each child. 

They work closely with the child’s support network, including parents and caregivers, to ensure a holistic approach to healing. 

By providing a safe space for children to express their feelings and work through their trauma, the CJC plays a vital role in helping them regain a sense of normalcy and well-being.

Community Education and Outreach

In addition to direct services for abused children, the Utah County Children’s Justice Center is actively involved in community education and outreach efforts. 

The center provides training and resources to professionals and community members on recognizing and responding to child abuse. 

This includes workshops, presentations, and informational materials aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of child abuse and its impact.

By educating the community, the CJC helps to prevent abuse and ensure that those who work with children are equipped to identify and report suspected abuse. 

This proactive approach is essential for creating a safer environment for all children and fostering a community that protects its youngest members.

Support for Families

The impact of child abuse extends beyond the individual victim, affecting their entire family. 

Recognizing this, the Utah County Children’s Justice Center offers support services for non-offending family members. 

This includes counseling, support groups, and navigating the legal and social services systems. 

By supporting families, the CJC helps create a stable and supportive environment conducive to the child’s healing.

The center also provides resources and referrals to other community services, ensuring families can access the help they need. 

This comprehensive approach helps to address the broader effects of abuse and promotes the overall mental health well-being of the child and their family.

Volunteers and Community Support

The Utah County Children’s Justice Center relies on the support of volunteers and the community to carry out its mission.

Volunteers are crucial in providing direct support to children and families, assisting with administrative tasks, and helping with community outreach efforts.

The center also receives support from local businesses, organizations, and individuals who contribute through donations and fundraising efforts.

This community involvement is vital for the sustainability of the CJC and for ensuring that it can continue to provide high-quality services to abused children.

The support from volunteers and donors reflects the community’s commitment to protecting and nurturing its most vulnerable members.

A Legacy of Healing and Hope

Since its establishment in 1991, the Utah County Children’s Justice Center has been a beacon of hope for thousands of abused children and their families.

Through its comprehensive and compassionate approach, the center has helped countless children heal from the trauma of abuse and build brighter futures.

The CJC’s dedication to providing a safe, supportive, and effective environment for abused children is a testament to its vital role in the community.

As the Utah County Children’s Justice Center continues to grow and evolve, its commitment to protecting and healing abused children remains unwavering.

With the ongoing support of the community, the CJC will continue to be a place of refuge and hope, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to thrive.

The Teddy Bear Angels

Amid darkness and despair, the Teddy Bear Angels shine a light of hope and compassion for abused children in Utah County. 

Their selfless dedication and acts of kindness remind us of the power of love and empathy in healing wounds and restoring faith.