We provide a child-friendly facility where personnel from many agencies (law enforcement, child protection, mental health, and medical providers) meet to coordinate an investigation of possible child abuse.
Children should be seen immediately if
- They have been sexually or physically assaulted within the last 72 hours
- They have physical symptoms that could be related to the assault
- They are severely depressed or anxious
What Happens at The Children’s Place
- Children and families receive referrals, support, mental health services, and follow-up after the evaluation
- Comprehensive, non-invasive medical exam by specially-trained medical professionals
- Child-oriented interview room where interviews are video-taped and monitored by other members of the team
Whom Does The Children’s Place Serve?
The Children’s Place provides evaluations for children up to age 18 who live in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and outlying areas served by the Mat-Su OCS. We accept referrals from law enforcement (Alaska State Troopers and city police departments), the Office of Children’s Services (OCS) and medical care providers.
Does the Evaluation Cost Anything?
Yes. The Children’s Place will bill law enforcement, Medicaid, and private insurance for medical exams, and will assist in completing the paperwork for Violent Crimes Compensation, if appropriate. Families are never billed for services.