SIOUX CITY, Iowa — A center for abused children in Sioux City is raising $2 million for an expansion project.

The Sioux City Journal reports ( ) the project will roughly triple the size of the Mercy Child Advocacy Center to 9,000 square feet.

The project will create a stand-alone facility and add two more interview rooms and another examination room.

Plus, it will make the facility more secure and give it a separate entrance. Currently families enter the center through the endoscopy unit at the hospital.

The facility serves 40 counties in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota and has seen over 15,000 children since it opened in 1989.

Information from: Sioux City Journal,