Heart to Heart was established in 2000 through the efforts of Sheriff T. Walton, of the Harvey County Sheriff's Office and Lori Hardin, of the Newton Social Rehabilitation Service Department. Sheriff Walton and Lori Hardin had done many interviews with children who had been victims of abuse. They realized these types of interviews were extremely difficult for children and the environment where the interviews were done needed to be improved. Prior to Heart to Heart interviews were conducted at Police Stations, schools, Police cars, in homes where sometimes the perpetrator was living and small interview rooms. Often times the child had to be interviewed numerous times by various agencies involved in the investigation of the abuse.
By creating Heart to Heart, children who had been abused could come to a center that was built child friendly and with resources available for the child and the child's family. Heart to Heart relies on a multidisciplinary response to child abuse. Instead of numerous interviews by various agencies, those agencies joined in a team effort so the child would be interviewed by only one person. It is the goal of Heart to Heart to provide the necessary services, resources and compassion for children and the families who come to the center reporting abuse.
Since opening the doors at Heart to Heart in August 2001, over 700 children have come to the Center making reports of abuse. Many of those cases have resulted in arrests, warrants and convictions.
Heart to Heart is supported by the Harvey County Sheriff's Office. Deputies who interview children at the Heart to Heart Child Advocacy Center are qualified through the "Finding Words" Program.
We encourage you to visit the Heart to Heart Child Advocacy
Web site and support the Center.