The Child Abuse Intervention Department at MultiCare Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Center offers medical treatment, psycho-social support, legal advocacy and crisis intervention services for victims of child abuse and their families. We also provide strategies for Pierce County parents and the community to prevent child abuse through the following free programs.
Children’s Advocacy Center of Pierce County
The mission of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Pierce County
is to reduce the traumatization of child abuse victims and their families. We facilitate a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to prevention, investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse. All services for child victims of maltreatment are co-located in the Children’s Advocacy Center of Pierce County on the Mary Bridge campus in Tacoma.
Through regular home visits and group sessions, Parenting Partnership staff work alongside parents of infants who spent time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
(NICU) at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital
to help them understand their baby’s unique needs. Parents learn to respond sensitively to their infant’s cues and create a safe environment that promotes the development of a secure attachment. Service enrollment lasts from NICU hospital discharge to up to three years.
Sexual and Physical Assault Intervention Program
The Sexual and Physical Assault Intervention Program is a referral-based treatment and support program designed specifically for children age birth to 18 who have concerns about possible sexual or physical assault. The program offers:
- Medical exams
- Psychosocial support