Those in the Imperial Valley whose job it is to deal with child abuse say it is time for the county to have a child advocacy center where all services for such youths could be provided.
The center would serve as a one-stop resource for abused young people, providing a comfortable place for authorities to interview children and to make sure their needs are met.
During a presentation Friday that brought together educators, law enforcement officials and social services workers, authorities spoke of the need for such a center.
"The passion of everyone involved is to get an advocacy center," said Deborah Owen, a deputy district attorney.
"The need has been there for a long time," she said. "The stumbling block is money."
A child advocacy center, which would be designed to be comforting for children, would bring together law enforcement, child protective services, medical and clinical health services to meet the needs of children who have been crime victims. The center would be designed to create a unified effort toward prosecuting those who have abused children.