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Child Safety Center plans new Washington County home

by Tom Sissom | May 4, 2021 at 3:25 p.m.
Lindsey Wagner, child advocate at the Children's Safety Center of Washington County, plants pinwheels Thursday at the corner of Emma Ave. and Thompson St. in Springdale. The Pinwheels for Prevention were placed by employees of the Children's Safety Center of Washington County and the Springdale mayor's office including mayor Doug Sprouse for Child Abuse Awareness Month. For more information see www.childrenssafetycenter.org. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. Wampler)

The Child Safety Center of Washington County has announced plans to move from its home of 24 years on Emma Avenue to a new location in Springdale.

The center announced Tuesday its new home will be built off Gene George Boulevard, just south of Arvest Ballpark near Don Tyson Parkway. The center has been located at 614 E. Emma Ave. since it opened in 1997.

The center didn't say how much the building will cost or who is donating the money.

A spokesman for the center said the new facility will offer additional space and should open in the summer or fall of 2o23.

The Children's Safety Center coordinates the investigation, prosecution and treatment services in child abuse cases while providing child advocates, forensic interviews, sexual assault examinations, mental health therapy and child abuse prevention training, according to information from the center. The nonprofit organization has helped more than 11,000 children since opening in 1997.

The group has continued during the pandemic to provide services that include diapers or food, finding alternative living situations or referring nonoffending parents to mental health services, according to the center's 2020 annual report.

In 2020, the center provided advocacy services for 672 children and families; forensic interviews for 555 children; and conducted 1,683 therapy sessions.

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