Child Advocacy Center/
The Reach Center
The Child Advocacy Center of Columbia and Greene Counties
The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) is a child-friendly, community-oriented, safe environment where children and their families are offered the opportunity to receive comprehensive services when an allegation of child abuse or neglect has been made. It is a place where children can feel safe and at ease while being interviewed by a specially trained member of the CAC’s multidisciplinary child abuse investigation team (MDT) trained to work with child victims and their family members.
The CAC also provides on-site Trauma Therapy, Medical Exams, Advocacy, Crisis Counseling, Courtroom Preparation, Education and additional resources for child victims and their family members.
The Child Advocacy Center coordinates the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse cases in our community, while providing resources, support and interventions for the abused child and their non-offending family members or care-givers. The CAC emphasizes the coordination of investigations and intervention services by bringing together professionals and agencies as a multidisciplinary team to create a child-focused approach to child abuse cases.
The CAC Also provides:
Internet Safety Education Programming. Education and resources are provided to children and their families to develop safe use of social media, awareness of the dangers children can encounter when using social media, and legal and supportive resources for children and families who are victims of internet crimes.
The CAC works very closely with The Justice Center and The Federal Bureau of Investigation in supporting and protecting the health, safety, and dignity of children and all people with special needs and disabilities through advocacy, prevention of mistreatment, and investigation of all allegations of abuse and neglect so that appropriate actions are taken.
The CAC works with The Office of Victim Services to aid in the completion of OVS Crime Victim’s Rights Application, a safety net if you have no other way to pay for costs – including but not limited to medical bills, counseling expenses, burial and funeral costs, and lost wages – resulting from being the victim of a crime. Your family members also may be eligible for help.
946 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY 12534
455 Main Street, Catskill, NY
24 Hour Hot-Line 518 943 4482 / 518 828 5556
ALL OF OUR SERVICES ARE FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL
The REACH Center
The REACH Center provides Therapy, Counseling, Advocacy and 24 Hour Crisis Hotline services for any survivor of crime and abuse in our community. Services are provided to children, adolescents and adults, including family members and care-givers. Staff are available to meet survivors and their families to provide guidance, emotional support, and coordination of services. Advocates act as a liaison between the survivor and other agencies and provide accompaniments for legal, medical and other necessary appointments. Crimes do not have to be reported.
The REACH Center also offers:
● Child Abuse Prevention Education. Available to schools, community programs and individually, to engage children to recognize risk, develop safety planning and identify safe adults who they can turn to if they or someone they know are being abused or at risk.
● Safe Harbour Human Trafficking Education and Resources. This program aids any individual under the age of 24 who is a victim of sex or labor trafficking. This includes legal advocacy, help with safe housing, resources and mental health treatment.
● Treatment Program for Adolescents with Problematic Sexual Behaviors. This program adheres to a family-focused, person-centered philosophy in working with adolescents with illegal and problematic sexual behavior (PSB) and their families. Acknowledging that adolescent sexual behavior is serious, must be addressed effectively, and that adolescents have the capacity to learn to make healthier and safer choices, specially trained staff provide group and individual treatment.
The REACH Center works with The Office of Victim Services to aid in the completion of OVS Crime Victim’s Rights Application, a safety net if you have no other way to pay for costs – including but not limited to medical bills, counseling expenses, burial and funeral costs, and lost wages – resulting from being the victim of a crime. Your family members also may be eligible for help.
The REACH Center Locations:
455 Main Street, Catskill, NY 12414
713 Union Street, Hudson, NY 12534
Columbia-Greene Community College
Professional Academic Bldg., Rm. 703
24 Hour Hot-Line 518 943 4482 / 518 828 5556
All Of Our Services Are Free and Confidential
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