Stewards of Children

Stewards of Children is a prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for organizations that serve youth and for individuals concerned about the safety of children.

 

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About Us

Child abuse is a serious problem in Mesa County.  Experts estimate that about 1 in 10 children are sexually abused before their 18th birthday and that approximately 90% or more of children who are victims know their abuser.  Abuse is a threat to the physical, emotional, and mental safety and well-being of our children.  The Western Slope Center for Children (the Center) is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization whose purpose is to facilitate and coordinate the work of existing governmental agencies and independent service providers to meet the needs of children who have been sexually abused, severely physically abused, or who are witnesses to violence. 

The Center provides a safe, child-friendly environment to facilitate the interviewing of children who are victims of abuse and neglect as well as provides direct, supportive services to victims and families or appropriate referrals to community agencies. In Mesa County, more than 300 children a year are harmed by sexual or physical abuse. These children need the careful attention of professionals trained to address their special needs. With your support, the Center allows service providers and professionals to come to the child instead of the child and family having to go from agency to agency.

 

IF YOU SUSPECT ABUSE
CALL 970-242-1211
OR DIAL 911

If you suspect child abuse - or if a child tells you about abuse - making a report is very important! You cannot get into trouble or lose your job for making a report that turns out to be unfounded if you had good intentions when you made the report.

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All calls remain anonymous.
Reports of known or suspected child abuse or neglect should be made immediately to the Mesa County Department of Human Services Child Protection Hotline at (970) 242-1211 or a local law enforcement agency at 911.

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