Child Advocacy Center (CAC)
The purpose of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) is to provide a coordinated, collaborative, and culturally competent multidisciplinary team (MDT) in response to allegations of child abuse. The CAC provides a trauma-informed, child-friendly setting that is physically and psychologically safe for children of all ages. Together, CAC staff work with our collaborative partners in the MDT to safeguard the affected child from future abuse and support their path towards emotional healing and recovery.
An established and effective MDT is essential for accomplishment of comprehensive investigation, management, and prosecution of cases. The MDT and CAC work to integrate the services into a care plan and coordinate the delivery of these services to our clients to ensure they are not intimidated or revictimized by the process, and to better prepare them to support the successful prosecution of the perpetrators responsible for the abuse and trauma.
The CAC & MDT approach utilizes:
Office of Children & Family Services
Victim Advocate Services
Mental Health Services
The CAC leads free Darkness to Light trainings to help empower adults to recognize the signs of sexual abuse, respond responsibly, and create organizations and communities that are safe for kids.
Family Services of Chemung County, Inc. operates the CAC in Chemung County and Schuyler County and provides consultation to other surrounding counties when needed.
304 Hoffman Street, Elmira
Monday 8:00AM - 7:00PM
Tuesday-Thursday 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Friday 8:00AM - 3:00PM
320 West Main Street, Suite B
Monday-Thursday 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Accredited through the National Children’s Alliance and abides by the standards of the National Children’s Alliance and the New York State Children’s Alliance.