RBRC provides collaborative services to child abuse victims, their families and the community in a supportive environment through a child centered approach.
The primary mission of MWSA is to meet the needs of assault victims by providing trauma informed, compassionate, culturally sensitive, and comprehensive forensic evaluation and treatment by trained, professional nurse experts.
RBRC follows the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) model. This model includes standards and practices for treating child victims developed by the National Children's Alliance (NCA). RBRC began offering services in 2007 under the national non-profit organization, Childhelp, Inc. In June 2012, RBRC withdrew as a member entity of Childhelp, and formed a business plan focusing on local leadership. RBRC is a new and separate non-profit incorporation.
RBRC serves the four county areas of Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco. In order to treat child abuse and prosecute the abusers effectively, RBRC staff ensures that victim advocates, medical personnel, law enforcement, the District Attorney offices, forensic interviewers, child protection workers, and mental health professionals all work together. This multi-disciplinary team (MDT) uses a child-centered approach to generate an efficient, comprehensive, and effective method of service delivery where the needs of the child always come first.
The community turns to RBRC for best-standard protocols regarding child abuse treatment and prevention. Support for the program was evidenced by the continuous backing from all partner agencies allowing the program to operate fully throughout the transition to a 100% local Child Advocacy Center.
"We have become so accustomed and reliant upon the child advocacy center model and the excellence of the staff and services at River Bridge that I cannot imagine how we investigated these situations with any success prior to its existence" ~ Partner agency
2017 Evaluation Results:
• 99% of caregivers agree the staff members at the Center have been friendly and pleasant.
• 97% of caregivers agree that if they knew anyone else who was dealing with a situation like the one their family faced they would tell the person about the Center.
• 92% of caregivers agree the services I have received have helped me support my child and meet his or her needs.
• 85% of caregivers agree the services my child has received have been helpful to him or her.