Before the existence of The Carousel Center, children who were victims of abuse were sent to their local emergency room where they were just one patient–usually in a sea of many. They had to endure the frantic pace of emergency rooms, the unfamiliar stares of medical professionals and frightening physical exams—all of this in addition to the trauma they had just experienced. Importantly, hospitals in our area do not have the time, the specific equipment nor the certified staff to examine these critical cases such that evidence is neither overlooked, nor compromised. This isn’t a job for standard emergency room physicians and nurses.
Fortunately, local ER personnel recognized this need and established The Carousel Center, a place where abused children are welcomed and cared for by professionals extensively trained and certified to deal with these delicate circumstances.