Address: 1020 N. 12th Street
Transportation: By bus: From Wisconsin Avenue at 12th Street, take the #12 or #30 bus going northbound to State Street then walk to address. By foot: From Wisconsin Avenue and 12th Street, walk northbound to State Street to the address.
Approximate Travel Time By Bus: 2-3 minutes
Approximate Travel Time Walking: 3-5 minutes
Orientation: February 4th from 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Days/Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 9:00am-6:00pm and Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
Description of Agency: The Child Protection Center is an off site clinic of Children's Hospital, and their goal is to protect children from abuse and provide resources to help them heal. They provide comprehensive assessments of children suspected of being physically or sexually abused or neglected, and perform foster care health screenings for children in the foster care system. In addition to these services they also conduct specialized medical exams and victim interviews. Through medical services, the Child Protection Center enables children and families to heal from the trauma of abuse and neglect and advocate for safe and secure living environments.
Student Role in Agency: The primary role of Service Learners at the Child Protection Center is to oversee and interact with children, from infants to teens, and teenagers in the waiting room. Various games, books, crafts, and toys are available to help keep the children entertained until they can be seen for medical evaluation. Children are also in the waiting room while care providers or social workers are conferencing with their parent/guardians in another room, allowing volunteers the opportunity to gain independence in supervising children and teens. When there are not any children in the waiting room, students are expected to take initiative and perform other pertinent tasks for the clinic which will allow them to observe other aspects of this agency.
Requirements: Students must be outgoing and willing to interact with children and teens of all ages. Volunteers must be independent and proactive with the duties assigned. When signing up for this placement, Service Learners will need a completed volunteer application, background check, and reference form, have proof of two TB tests (taken one or more weeks apart) and immunization records. Due dates for these documents will be given at Sign-Up Night. At orientation, Service Learners will have their pictures taken for name identification badges. Service Learning will hold a 2-day TB Test Clinic on campus. The Student Health Services fee for this test is $10, made payable by cash, check, or MU cash. Your second TB Test may be done at the agency.
When at the site, Service Learners must be dressed professionally in a solid color shirt, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes.
Commitment: Students must attend the two hour training session in the beginning of the semester and commit to one two-hour shift each week in the waiting room through the end of the semester. If you miss a shift, you must make up that missed time in the future.