We restore lives.

The Children's Listening Place and our partners are the front-line responders in Wood, Wirt, Ritchie and Pleasants Counties to reports of child sexual abuse and children who have experienced violence. Since opening our doors in 2014 we have served more than 2,700 children.

The Children’s Listening Place coordinates the efforts of child protection staff, law enforcement professionals, child and family advocates, medical experts and mental health clinicians under one roof. Our staff:

  • facilitates our partners’ collaborative response
  • arranges families’ visits to the center, including provision of support services, such as transportation
  • conducts forensic interviews
  • provides family advocacy and crisis intervention services
  • provides mental health therapy
  • ensures appropriate medical treatment

All of our services are aimed at reducing trauma so that children and families may begin the healing process. The Children’s Listening Place services are free of charge to every client.

What Is a Child Advocacy Center?

Traditionally, children are moved from agency to agency and endure multiple interviews, which creates additional trauma. A child advocacy center (CAC) turns that model upside down by providing one safe, child-friendly facility where child protection, criminal justice, and child treatment professionals work together to investigate abuse, hold offenders accountable, and help children heal.

Why the CAC Model Works.

The Children’s Listening Place was able to provide help to 494 children in 2019 and 602 children in 2020. Because our model makes children and families feel safer, we’re seeing more child victims of abuse walk through our doors each year.


Our Team Sets Us Apart.

The Children’s Listening Place staff of experienced professionals are dedicated to helping children heal from abuse in Wood County. We are equally supported by our Board of Directors —Ten (10) volunteers who are committed to our mission and bring a variety of vital professional expertise and experience to the organization.


Join Us.

We are always looking for experienced individuals who are passionate about fighting the cycle of abuse and creating a safer community for our children.