The Child Advocacy Center provides a wide array of services to meet the needs of children/family members/caregivers impacted by a crime in Chenango County, services include;
- Providing a safe, child friendly, and controlled setting for child abuse investigative interviews.
- Reducing the number of times a child shares their story of a crime.
- Coordinating case information between investigative partner in ensuring the best outcome of case for criminal prosecution.
- Providing a multidisciplinary approach to child abuse investigations.
- Providing referrals to medical exam specialists.
- Providing a Family Liaison for support, education, and crisis intervention counseling.
- Providing linkage to other appropriate treatment services.
- Reducing the ‘system trauma’ that can accompany these cases; striving to do no further harm.
- Providing education, support and assistance to the community around issues of child sexual abuse and dating violence.
Chenango Child Advocacy Center offers:
- Family Advocacy
- Case Management Services
- Individual/Family Counseling
- Empowered Caregivers Support Group
- Professional and Educational Training's
Community Outreach/Awareness Events
Events Being Planned for April Child Abuse Prevention Month
Proclamation with the Norwich Mayor, April 7th @ 6:30PM
Blue Pinwheels Gardens displayed throughout Chenango County - Campaign sponsored by SFCU Bank & Visions Federal Credit Union
Did you know?
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is the national child abuse prevention month. Since 1983, this is an annual observance in the US to raise awareness and learn about child abuse and how to prevent it. About a century and a half ago, animal rights were more respected and recognized than children’s rights in the US, and there were no laws to protect children at that time. Years later, the first Child Protective Service in the world was established in New York State.
What defines child abuse? According to The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, the definition of child abuse is, “Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caregiver which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation; or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.” In the United States 1 in 4 girls, 1 in 6 boys are impacted by child sexual abuse, 95% know their assailant and 23% were not old enough to attend kindergarten.
A recent trend – improving parents’ coping skills with family stress – is now seen as one of the main factors to prevent child abuse at home. Research shows that seeing a therapist, joining a parenting support group or taking parenting classes can help parents learn different parenting skills, regulate their emotions and reduce the risk of abusive behavior.
It is every adult’s responsibility to keep children safe in the community.
If you see or believe that a child may be harmed, please call one of the phone numbers below and reach out for help.
If a child is in immediate danger, call 911.
If you suspect child abuse or neglect:
Call the NY State Central Register
Child Abuse & Maltreatment Hotline 24/7
General Public: 1(800) 342-3720
Deaf/Hard of Hearing: 1(800) 638-5163