Coordinated Services for Child Sexual Abuse Victims and Their Families

Kalamazoo Child Guidance Clinic in Michigan sets up the Family Resource Center

    • July 31, 2014

Dates of Project: August 1989 through September 1993

Description: The Family Resource Center of the Kalamazoo Child Guidance Clinic in Michigan aimed to help families reconstruct a healthy environment and provide specialized treatment services and linkages to appropriate agencies, regardless of their ability to pay. It used specialized staff and multidisciplinary teams to coordinate treatment and reduce the number of people who had to interview child victims.

Key Results

  • The project team established the center as a specialized treatment program to serve sexually abused children and their families, including the perpetrator if appropriate, by providing immediate crisis intervention, support services, and timely assessments regardless of the family's ability to pay for services.

  • From its opening in May 1990 through September 1993, the Family Resource Center provided case management, crisis intervention, support, and therapy to 739 child victims and 711 other family members. Approximately two-thirds of the families receiving these services would have been unable to access them without the existence of the Family Resource Center.