The sunny entranceway to the unobtrusive building on Kozloski Road in Freehold belies its terrible secrets.
Every year, more than 400 children from Monmouth County walk through those doors to report to authorities that they are victims of child abuse.
Now, with the expansion of that building, which is Child Advocacy Center of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, investigators hope to make it easier for those going through horrific experiences.
“When the families leave here, my hope is all the resources are in place to address the needs of the children,” said Martin Krupnick, chairman of the Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center.
All of New Jersey’s 21 counties have some form of child abuse investigation unit, but Monmouth is one of only seven nationally accredited child advocacy centers in the state, which means it has to adhere to rigorous regulations and guidelines, Krupnick said.
The center, which was three decades in the planning and construction stages, puts all aspects of initial examination, treatment and investigation under one roof so that children don’t have to repeatedly tell their stories to police officers, detectives, medical personnel and case workers.