Compassionate Response to the Trauma of Child Abuse

Kimberly’s Center is Marion County’s compassionate response to the trauma of child abuse in a safe and child friendly environment. Through specialized services, the smallest victims receive quality and timely care by sharing their story and beginning their path to a healthy future. Kimberly’s Center can be best described by the mission: Our Community working together to protect, serve, and advocate for abused and neglected children.

Before the formation of Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection the trauma of child abuse did not necessarily end after the disclosure. The child would be repeatedly interviewed and asked to share the painful details of the abuse in order to learn the facts and circumstances surrounding the situation. While well intentioned, the exhausting process could cause further emotional trauma to the child.

In 1996, a task force of professionals and community leaders formed to consider a better, more sensitive was to respond to children who had been the victims of physical or sexual abuse. These individuals envisioned a place where hurting children would have a safe, child-friendly environment to talk about their abuse. Out of this commitment the Marion County Children’s Advocacy Center, Kimberly’s Cottage, was formed. Kimberly’s Cottage is now known as Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection.

Kimberly’s is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and solely relies on grants and community donations to provide the specialized, compassionate response to child abuse.