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Children's Village expansion plans are almost done

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Children Village is more than 80 percent done with their expansion plan.

The demand for special need services especially for children with autism is high in the Yakima Valley. The $6.3 million expansion is building more space for counselors and providers to address that demand.

A part of that has begun with the dental program. The director says the space grew from three to six areas where children can be treated.

The expansion is also adding more conference rooms and social areas for families to interact. The director says they are getting close to finishing the project and they are already seeing interest from new people in the community. 

"Last month in fact we had the highest number of referrals we have had ever since Children's Village opened, that's 310 new clients calling to say they have some needs," said Diane Patterson, the director.

Children's village provides counseling, family therapy and other medical and dental services. The exteriors of the building are completed. Now, crews are working on the interior but expect to have the entire expansion project completed by December.