The Schusterman Emergency Center for Children and Families
Director: Ofir Murad
The Schusterman Center was established in 1992 as the first emergency center in Israel. The Center addresses the needs of at-risk and vulnerable children up to the age of fourteen, victims of emotional, physical and sexual abuse and/or continual severe neglect. The Center focuses on the needs of the child and his family as a whole, in the aim to help the child and his or her parents deal with the trauma and create a functional change in the family, in an effort to ensure as much as possible the child’s continued placement within his family. The Center operates two units: The Internal Unit absorbs children placed by court order and provides full dormitory accommodations. It serves as a temporary transitional location for children who reside there for several months and attend the Center’s school as well.
The Therapeutic-Consultation Unit operates as a clinic. It provides treatment for children and parents in whose family abuse and/or neglect were identified, yet could allow for the child to remain at home. The Center, together with the Ministry of Welfare and the Jerusalem Municipality, is a joint municipal and regional service and is operated by Bayit L’Kol Yeled B’Yisrael (A Home for Every Child in Israel). The Center has a multidisciplinary staff that includes social workers, psychologists, a psychiatrist, specialeducation teachers, educational-therapeutic counselors and National Service volunteers