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Advocacy Center helps investigate child abuse

May 13, 2014
The Leader Herald

The Child Advocacy Center of Fulton County emphasizes the coordination of investigation and intervention services of all child abuse cases by the investment and collaboration of the Fulton County District Attorney's Office; Gloversville Police Department; Johnstown Police Department; New York State Police; Fulton County Sheriff's Department; the Fulton County Department of Social Services, specifically its Child Protective Services Unit; Victim Advocates; Sexual Assault Support Services; Nathan Littauer Hospital; the Mental Health Association in Fulton and Montgomery Counties; and the county coroner. This multidisciplinary team has created a child-focused approach to child abuse cases. All team members are trained in the evidence-based, best practice of forensic interviewing. Additionally, the center is fortunate to have a licensed social worker on site for some hours each week to provide counseling and play therapy that focuses on the child's healing and recovery from his or her abuse and trauma.

The Child Advocacy Center provides a child-friendly, supportive atmosphere where the team works to provide a coordinated, immediate investigation into the allegations of abuse, thereby reinforcing the importance of prosecution of the offense, as well as ensuring these young victims and their non-offending family members can receive the services they need so healing and recovery is possible.

The Child Advocacy Center of Fulton County is funded through a grant by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, along with private donations and support by our community.

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For more information on the Child Advocacy Center, call 736-2443.



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