This weekend the Cache County Children’s Justice Center’s major fundraising event will be followed by the retirement of the center’s Executive Director.
In outlining the center’s dinner/auction on Friday, February 5, Mike Stauffer said he is about to retire after 13 years leading the center.
The Children’s Justice Center (CJC) is a child-friendly facility where victims of child abuse are interviewed and medically assessed by professionals specifically trained in the forensic investigation of abuse. The CJC works closely with the Division of Child and Family Services and local child abuse detectives.
The CJC cannot accept a case until it is reported to local law enforcement.
“At that point,” said Stauffer, “the case is screened and assigned out to a Child Protective Service worker from the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) office.
“Then the DCFS investigator and a detective make an appointment with us and the child comes here for the interview, and also to be medically assessed.”
Stauffer said Primary Children’s Hospital employs the nurse practitioner and two registered nurses who conduct the assessment.
“It’s been a great experience here,” said Stauffer, “and the way we handle child abuse cases is just light years ahead of how we used to do it 30-plus years ago when I first became a deputy sheriff.”
The CJC Dinner and Auction at the Riverwoods Conference Center begins Friday, February 5, 6-7 p.m. with a social hour. Dinner will start at 7 and the live auction begins at 8 p.m.
Proceeds help abused children in Cache, Rich, and Box Elder counties.