Our History

The Child Protection Center (CPC), a nationally accredited child advocacy center, has served victims of child abuse and their families for more than 25 years.

The CPC opened in 1996 to serve as a child-friendly, safe place for children and adolescents who are alleged victims of sexual and physical abuse, or who have witnessed violent crimes to give a statement about their experience. This statement is called a forensic interview.

In 1996, fewer than 350 children received forensic interviews or extended forensic interviews; that number grew to 791 in 2020.  Since 1996 more than 16,000 children and their families have been served.

Originally located at The Children’s Mercy Hospital, the CPC outgrew this space and moved under the Jackson County Family Court in 2000.

In July 2007, the CPC became an independent not-for-profit organization. This transition gave the CPC more financial stability by allowing it to broaden its funding base and increase the center’s ability to fulfill its mission.

In 2009, the CPC raised funds necessary to renovate and relocate to a larger facility in the Children’s Mercy Clinic building in order to expedite services to children and families.