Southern California Program
Civic and Community
Santa Monica, CA
Established in 1988 to remedy serious problems in the traditional child protection system and improve the treatment of sexually abused children, the Stuart House program at UCLA Medical Center-Santa Monica is internationally recognized as an innovative and effective model for the treatment of child victims. A co-located, multi-agency team that includes the Los Angeles Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Children and Family Services, and Rape Treatment Center advocates, therapists and child forensic interviewers, responds immediately to children who report sexual abuse and provides specialized medical, legal and therapeutic services. Criminal investigations are expedited and the potentially deleterious long-term effects of victimization are reduced. Currently, Stuart House serves 600 children at its location. A W. M. Keck Foundation grant will support construction of a new, larger facility for the program that will double the capacity to provide state-of-the-art treatment for these children and establish a training center for first responders in child abuse cases.
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