Our Story

Mission: The Children’s Safety Center of Washington County empowers children to overcome abuse and begin to trust, hope, and heal.

Every year, hundreds of children in Northwest Arkansas are robbed of their dreams, their self-esteem and their childhood by physical and sexual abuse.

The Children’s Safety Center is proud to be the first Child Advocacy Center in the state and was created to help prevent further trauma these children might endure during the complex process of investigation, prosecution and treatments.

When a child comes through the CSC, he or she leaves an indelible handprint on the wall representing an emotional story of recovery. This powerful handprint has become the defining symbol of our mission as each handprint tells a story full of heart and hope for the future.

In 2018 alone, the Children’s Safety Center:

  • Provided services to 838 children
  • Conducted 763 forensic interviews
  • Provided 92 forensic medical exams
  • Provided on-site therapy for 154 new child clients
  • Conducted a total of 748 therapy sessions

On average, it costs more than $1,600 for each child the CSC serves. All of the services at the CSC are provided free of charge.

Based on the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) model, the CSC is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 with the goal of facilitating more effective prevention, detection, investigation and treatment of child abuse. We bring together teams of professionals that include the vital resources of law enforcement, child protective services, victim service providers, prosecutors, medical personnel, mental health professionals and community volunteers. This team works together to ensure that the best interests of these child victims are being served.