Since 1998, the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona Dedicated to Linda Pope has served abused and neglected children by providing treatment, intervention and investigation services. Cheerful colors, teddy bears, toys and child-friendly paintings line the walls of the fully accredited advocacy center, enhancing each child’s sense of safety and well-being.
The goal of the center is to provide medical treatment, mental health therapy, efficient investigational resources, and victim support services to address the immediate safety and complete well-being of children referred to the center.
When Abuse Happens
Before children’s advocacy centers, child victims were forced to relive their abuse by telling their story to one official after another.
At the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona Dedicated to Linda Pope, a specially-trained forensic interviewer meets with each child, asking age appropriate, non-leading questions to allow abused children to share their story in a way to withstand court scrutiny, aid in the prosecution of abusers, and minimize additional trauma to the victim. As part of this process, children also may receive a specialized medical exam to gather evidence of physical and/or sexual assault.
Services provided at the center support safe placement of abused children and court preparation assistance for victims. As an outpatient clinic with licensed counselors and licensed clinical director, abused children and non-offending family members receive individual and family counseling/therapy.
The Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona Dedicated to Linda Pope responds to the overwhelming needs of abused children with community partners: Phoenix Police Department, the Office of Child Welfare Investigations, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. With a caring focus, the partnership is a high profile, high volume and highly successful example of professional integration and coordination of treatment, intervention, and investigation services.
* Two therapists under the auspices of the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona Dedicated to Linda Pope provide services at the Southwest Valley Advocacy Center in Goodyear
These are just a few suggestions of the toys that the center needs. We do accept items that are not on this list, please check with the center before sending. We do not accept toy guns of any kind. Donations can be dropped off during business hours Monday-Friday, 8am to 5pm, Attention: Danielle Gilmore at the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona Dedicated to Linda Pope located at 2120 N. Central Ave. Suite 130 Phoenix, AZ 85004.