Children's Justice Center

Sanpete County Children's Justice Center

Director: Diane Keeler

Phone: (435) 283-3120   Mobile: (435) 851-9646
Address: 167 E 100 S Ephraim, UT 84627
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 8am to 12 pm or by Appointment

To report neglect or abuse of a child call the Division of Child and Family Services at (855) 323-3237 (24 hours a day)

What is the Children's Justice Center?

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MISSION:
To provide a comfortable, neutral, child-friendly atmosphere for children to receive coordinated services during the child abuse investigative process.

The Children’s Justice Center(CJC) is a homelike facility which serves children and families who are experiencing the crisis and chaos that comes with the disclosure of significant physical or sexual abuse of a child.
The Center is designed to help children feel safe and comfortable so that they may begin to deal with the difficult and often frightening issues that surround abuse. The focus and function of the CJC is to reduce the trauma of the child abuse investigation and help the child feel safe to reveal the truth.

The CJC is a working public/private partnership for our children. The homelike facility and the treatment programs of the CJC are supported by private donations from the community. The CJC receives partial operational funding through appropriation by the Utah State Legislature, administered by the Office of the Utah Attorney General.


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THE CHILDREN’S JUSTICE CENTER COORDINATES the investigation of child sexual and physical abuse and neglect by trained professional law enforcement personnel and CPS social workers, including the comprehensive child interview process (video and audio) and multidisciplinary staffing and tracking of the case.

Medical forensic exams for child abuse victims are available and recommended in consultation with PRIMARY CHILDRENS MEDICAL CENTER.

Mental Health information from community providers for the child and family are available through the Center.

Funding is available for treatment and exams through the CRIME VICTIM REPARATIONS PROGRAM.

Reporting Possible Abuse

“Whenever any person has reason to believe that a child has been subjected to incest, molestation, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or neglect, or who observes a child being subjected to conditions or circumstances which would reasonably result in (this abuse)… he shall immediately notify the nearest peace officer, law enforcement agency, or office of the division (Division of Child and Family Services-Department of Social Services, Protective Services).” (Utah State Code 62A-4-501)

All child abuse or neglect should NOW be reported to CENTRAL INTAKE. Please call 1-855-323-3237

Protecting Children is Everyone’s Responsibility!

“Reason to Believe” does not mean that you must prove a child is being abused or neglected. It is the role of the investigators (law enforcement officer or Protective Service worker) to investigate and establish proof. The investigation should be conducted in a confidential and sensitive manner.

Philosophies of the CJC:

  • To provide a comfortable, child-friendly atmosphere for abuse children to receive coordinated services during the investigative process.
  • To decrease secondary trauma that may be caused by the criminal justice and child protection system.
  • To minimize through coordinated efforts the number of times a child may be interviewed.
  • To provide an atmosphere that is neutral and is conducive for professionals to conduct interviews and do their jobs.
  • To encourage the prompt and efficient processing of cases by sharing information and improving coordination.
  • To focus on what is in the best interests of the child by proving opportunities for service, protection and prosecution where appropriate.
  • To coordinate children’s cases as needed for the benefit of the children.
  • To tract CJC cases to provide information and progress outcome.
  • To ensure that every child who is alleged to have been physically or sexually abused receive an appropriate medical assessment.
  • To raise community awareness.
  • To provide training for professionals.

Contact Information to Related Agencies

Friends of CJC members of the community that support the Children’s Justice Center (CJC).