Small Talk is a nationally accredited children's assessment center (CAC). A CAC is a child-friendly facility in which law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy professionals work together to investigate abuse, help children heal from abuse, and hold offenders accountable. 


Small Talk is where children who are victims of abuse are interviewed and offered therapy at no cost.


Small Talk is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with a Board of Directors, Executive Director, Crisis Counselors and support staff. Small Talk runs an operational budget sustained through grants and donations. Small Talk relies on the generous donations of corporations, businesses and individuals.  Your donation supports these children who have the courage to speak and gives them the opportunity to heal.


Small Talk is supported by Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth, Michigan State University Police Chief Jim Dunlap, all other local police agencies, and Dr. Stephen Guertin, Medical Director of the Sparrow Hospital Children’s Center and Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Sparrow Hospital.

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Our Mission

To provide a comfortable, child-friendly atmosphere where children receive coordinated services during the child abuse investigative process.

our vision

A state of the art center leading the community in addressing child abuse and empowering children to have the courage to heal.