The Children's Justice Center is a working public/private partnership which demonstrates the commitment of this community to protecting children. The home and furnishings are a gift of hope and healing to the children from our community.
Money has been appropriated by the Utah State Legislature for minimal operational funding, but it is the citizens of our community who have furnished the facility for the Children's Justice Center and fund ongoing support services to the child and family. Community volunteers are also greatly needed to help provide emotional support and other resources for victims and families.
The fundraising arm of the Children's Justice Center is the Friends of Utah County Children's Justice Center ("Friends"). It is a volunteer organization and 501c3 that cares deeply for the welfare of children in our community. The members donate their time, money and talents to help. The Friends cover the cost of therapy, $100,000 or more per year, for children and families who cannot otherwise afford treatment. The Friends also:
- Owns the building that houses the Provo CJC
- Fundraises for cost of building improvements such as new flooring and roof
- Hold annual fundraising events to raise money to cover expenses, especially the cost of therapy
- Continually look for ways to support the mission of the Children's Justice Center
The Friends are in need of new board members to help in the mission to provide a safe, home-like place to interview child victims of abuse. If you are interested, please fill out this application and email it to: RebeccaM@utahcounty.gov
You can make cash donations through PayPal or Venmo: @CJC-Provo.
You can also send your tax deductible contribution to:
The Children's Justice Center
315 South 100 East
Provo, Utah 84606
Snacks, Drinks and other needs:We ALWAYS need donations of snacks and drinks. You can click here for a list of items that are most commonly needed.
Activity Kits:When the families arrive, the law enforcement and DCFS case worker get as much information as possible from the parents or caretakers on the alleged abuse. While the parents are busy, the children spend time with an onsite volunteer or a staff member. When possible, they are given their own age-appropriate activity kits to keep them busy and occupied. These items are generously donated by the community. Click here for a list of activity kit ideas.
Holiday Needs:Every year in December, the CJC holds a Santa's Giftshop for families in need during the holidays. Families are assigned a specific time to come to the CJC to "shop" for Christmas gifts for the children. All new items are donated by the community and you can click here for a list of items.
- Participate in 40 hours of training.
- Submit to three different background checks.
- Trainings are available in February, May and September. Everyone is welcome! We are especially in need of Spanish and Portuguese speakers.
- Spend meaningful time with children for 1 - 2 hours a week.
- Commit to be a mentor for at least 6 months.
Victim Support Volunteers:
- Attend a one-hour orientation
- Commit to one two-hour shift, once a week on the same day and time (Shifts run from Monday-Friday between 8 am and 6 pm)
- Commit to at least four months
If you are interested, please email Annette at AnnetteD@utahcounty.gov about which shift works with your schedule, and to set up an orientation day and time. There is a "wait list" for this opportunity so if you would like to be placed on the list, please contact Annette as soon as possible.
Other Volunteer Opportunities:
- Children and Teen Groups: Tuesdays and Thursdays. Volunteers set up rooms, sign in families and help with children during group sessions. If you are interested, please contact Kelli Stout at (801) 851-2433 or KelliS@utahcounty.gov
- Family Justice Center: A one-stop location that offers information and services to local families including legal help, victim advocates, emergency food and housing, and social workers (Tuesday from 4-8:30 pm). Many volunteers are working toward a bachelor's degree in the behavioral sciences; however, any individuals with high emotional/social intelligence, who can interact appropriately with victims of trauma are needed. There is a special need for Spanish-speaking interpreters. If you are interested, please contact Amberly Bateman at (801) 851-8549 or AmberlyB@utahcounty.gov.