Edmondson-Telford Center for Children

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"Law enforcement’s primary concern should always be the victim. The climate of the ETCC and the use of professionally trained interviewers insures that children who are the victims of crime are not re-traumatized by the investigative process."

~Carol Martin,
Gainesville City Police Chief
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About the Edmondson-Telford Center for Children

About the Edmondson-Telford Center for Children

The Edmondson-Telford Center provides services to Hall and Dawson County residents under the age of 18 who are victims of sexual or severe physical abuse or neglect, as well as their non-offending family members. We offer a safe environment for crisis intervention and medical advocacy as the victim moves through the examination and investigation steps. We also work with other local agencies to support the victim through the court process. It is our goal to assist agencies, also working on behalf of child victims, and provide information to ensure the child’s safety and begin the healing process.

The Center has served over 1,200 children and families since beginning in 1997. Edmondson-Telford has conducted over 500 forensic examination interviews of sexually abused victims and coordinated hundreds of child abuse investigations with law enforcement and social services agencies. All services are provided free-of-charge to victims and are provided to English and non-English speaking persons.

Through the compassionate, professional services provided by the Edmondson-Telford Center, the trauma experienced by victimized children can be significantly reduced. Also, law enforcement officials receive higher quality evidence for use in prosecution of their cases. Our multi-disciplinary approach to child abuse cases has proven critical in the successful prosecution of countless offenders and has increased the prosecution rates of child offenders in Hall and Dawson Counties.

Currently, the Edmondson-Telford Center for Children and Hall-Dawson CASA program are combining their resources to construct a new facility to co-locate these agencies and offer their combined services of assisting child victims. This new facility will centralize the services offered by both agencies, thus increasing victim’s access and offering a more compassionate, child-friendly and child-centered campus. The new facility, The Little House, will enable victims to rebuild their lives while in a caring, safe home environment. More information about our new building, The Little House, is available here.


Meet Our Staff

The ETCC provides the following core services:

  • Videotaped Forensic Interviews of suspected child abuse victims conducted by professionally trained certified forensic interviewers and coordinated with the involved investigative agencies.
  • Forensic medical examinations of suspected child abuse victims conducted by a professionally trained certified sexual assault examiner utilizing specialized equipment for accurate diagnoses and evidence collection.
  • Crisis intervention, resource materials, and emotional support for victims and non-offending caregivers.
  • Legislative Advocacy for children's rights and issues regarding child maltreatment.
  • Coordinated interdisciplinary review of cases by a team of professionals, including law enforcement, child protective services, prosecutors, medical and mental health professionals, school personnel, victim's assistance staff, and child advocates.
  • Professional training and community education for effectively identifying and responding to child abuse.
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