What is the Children’s Legacy Center (CLC)?
The Children’s Legacy Center is the first step towards restoration, justice, and hope for a child who has been abused. It is Shasta County’s customized model of a Children’s Advocacy Center.
The CLC is in process of completing its application for 501(c)(3) non-profit status, and has been founded and guided by from another established non-profit, Extreme Love Inc. Any current donation is tax deductible.
When will the CLC open?
As soon as possible! However, we are very funding dependent and as our capital campaign progresses, we will have a better idea of our opening date.
Our team is also working closely with Redding Police Department (RPD) to facilitate the use of the initial forensic interview and multi-disciplinary team case review as soon as possible. We will begin this process at RPD while we are fundraising so we can hit the ground running the day our CLC doors open!
Why is the CLC necessary?
Although there are many reasons, the simplest answer is the “system” simply should not play a role in re-traumatizing a child who has already suffered abuse or neglect. We must do better. The CLC will not only reduce child trauma, but CACs are also proven to increase the number of convictions for offenders and reduce the cost of child abuse on the community.
Who does the CLC serve?
We will serve children, aged 17 and under, who have been:
Witnessed a Violent Crime
While Shasta County is our focus, our facility will be available for use by surrounding counties.
Are clients charged for services?
Where will you be located?
We are interested in a few properties, but we don’t have our sights set on one specific location. We are also aware that a community member could donate property and/or a building and we (gladly!) would adjust our plan accordingly.
Are there similar centers in our area?
No. The closest Children’s Advocacy Center is in Sacramento County or Humboldt County.
What type of services will the center provide for the children who come?
A highly skilled team comprised of a police detective, deputy district attorney, Child Protective Services caseworker, forensic interviewer, therapist, and physician manage each child’s case. This team works together to investigate allegations of child abuse and to protect the child. Forensic Interviews will be conducted in one of our two interview rooms designed with the child’s comfort in mind one interview room for older children and the other for the little ones. The protocols in place call for a minimal number of interviews and proper evidence collection with an unbiased, non-suggestive, non-leading interview procedure.
Necessary medical exams will be conducted in our non-acute medical exam room by a pediatrician who specializes in using child sensitive procedures.
Our goal as we grow is to be able to provide not just basic therapy, but also music, art, play and pet therapy modalities as well.
How are children referred to the CLC team?
Children will be referred by either Child Protective Services or Law Enforcement. Other mandated reporters (such as educators and medical professionals) will contact CPS or LE, who would then bring us in.
What if I suspect my child (or a child I know) is being abused?
If you suspect child abuse, please call 911 and/or call your county's child abuse line.
Siskiyou: Business Hours - 530.841.4200 / After Hours - 530.842.7009
What is a Forensic Interview?
A forensic interview is a structured conversation with a child intended to elicit detailed information about a possible event(s) that the child may have experienced or witnessed. The purposes of a forensic interview are:
1. To obtain information from a child that may be helpful in a criminal investigation;
2. To assess the safety of the child’s living arrangements;
3. To obtain information that will either corroborate or refute allegations or suspicions of abuse and neglect;
4. To assess the need for medical treatment and psychological care.
What is a Multidisciplinary Team?
A multidisciplinary team (MDT) is a group of professionals who are members of different disciplines (such as a law enforcement officer, prosecutor, physician, advocate), each providing specific services to the patient. The team members each see the case from a different angle and their collaboration around the table is nothing short of powerful and effective.
What is Extreme Love and how does it relate to the CLC?
Extreme Love Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded by Bob and Kimberly Johnson in 2015. After working to create sustainable orphan care (setting up aquaponics systems, food sources and income opportunities) in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Kimberly began to have a tug in her heart to return to their backyard: Shasta County.
The original dream was to build a children’s village with homes for foster families, a ranch, and a large community center. The one thing Kimberly’s 70-page business plan for the village didn’t include were details of what would be housed in the community center. That is because it was Kimberly’s dream to go to the leaders of the community, find their greatest need, and build it accordingly. The Children’s Legacy Center is that dream and more.
After becoming a member of the founding committee for the CLC, Kimberly brought with her the non-profit angle and wanted Extreme Love to be able to be a part. Extreme Love is in the process of getting “group exemption status” and the Children’s Legacy Center is the first 501(c)(3) that will be started through Extreme Love.
Extreme Love and the CLC each have their own board of directors with complete decision-making power. One of the benefits of CLC's partnership with Extreme Love, is that Extreme Love has been able to help fund some of the initial start-up costs of the Children’s Legacy Center.
In the long run, Extreme Love will play a vital role in providing advocates, volunteers, and media experience to the Children’s Legacy Center.
How can I get involved with the CLC?