State officials say the Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers will receive more than $523,000 in state funding over the next two years to respond to the needs of human trafficking victims and their families.
Officials with Ohio's Department of Job and Family Services say the 26 children's advocacy centers will use the money to provide medical screenings, forensic interviews and other services, including trauma-focused mental health care. The money will also help with training, conducting workshops on human trafficking and identifying community resources. Professionals at the centers already respond to cases of child abuse. They work in multidisciplinary teams that include child protective services, law enforcement, the local prosecutor's office and others.