The Union County Prosecutor’s Office Child Advocacy Center, located at 240 West Jersey Street in downtown Elizabeth, is a satellite office of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office that serves victims of child abuse and sex crimes and their families.
The Center opened in October 2012 after more than a decade of planning and several years of construction, having been championed and received financial support from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Union County Improvement Authority. The structure consists of a three-story, 11,000-square-foot Victorian-era home built around the turn of the 20th century.
The Child Advocacy Center and its multi-disciplinary team of staffers, which includes professionals with the Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, offer legal, investigative, therapeutic, medical, and child protective services to children ranging in age from newborns to 17. The Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly known as DYFS) jointly investigate more than 500 cases of child sexual abuse, physical abuse, and maltreatment annually.
The Center houses approximately two dozen full-time staffers and utilizes an advanced, efficient “wraparound” service model that brings together all existing child abuse services from multiple locations to a single location, providing professional assistance to child abuse survivors such as interviews, intake, medical examination, and mental health intake evaluation and counseling.