Services & Programs

We provide all of our services to in one building so the affected are not sent to multiple places after the abuse. Click here for Mia's story, which explains why this is so important.

The Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County offers the following services on-site: 

Children & Teens
Parents
The Community

Forensic Interviews

Forensic interviews are non-duplicative, non-leading neutral interviews with the victim conducted by investigative team members. Interviews are held at the center in a specially designed room which allows for observation by other members of the multidisciplinary team. Using best practices for interviewing, the victim recounts their experience just once, reducing potential for further trauma. In order for a child to be interviewed a call must be made to law enforcement or the Department of Social Services.

Medical Exams

The Child Advocacy Center partners with the HOPE program, operated by Cheryl Martin-Schroeder, NP to provide child sensitive, non-invasive medical exams to collect evidence and safeguard children’s health after abuse has occurred or is suspected. The nurse practitioner is the only CHAMP trained nurse in Oswego County.

Victim Advocacy

Victim Advocacy is a free service provided to all child victims and their families. The Victim Advocates assist family members through the duration of their case including the investigation, prosecution and recovery processes. The advocates assist with filing a NYS Crime Victims Application for any one who has been the victim of a crime. This application can provide monetary reimbursement to families. Victim Advocates collaborate with all multidisciplinary team members and act as liaisons between the team members and families.

Mental Health Services

The Victim Intervention Mental Health Counseling Program at the Child Advocacy Center provides individual, group and family therapy to child victims of physical and sexual abuse, child witnesses to violence, and children who are drug endangered or severely neglected/maltreated. The program employs credentialed and Licensed Mental Health Professionals, who have received specialized training in treating children who have survived a traumatic experience.

PROTECT

PROTECT is a support group for non-offending parents and caregivers of children who have experienced a trauma or have been exposed to risky or unsafe situations. This group runs for 10 weeks.

Mental Health Services

The Victim Intervention Mental Health Counseling Program at the Child Advocacy Center provides individual, group and family therapy to child victims of physical and sexual abuse, child witnesses to violence, and children who are drug endangered or severely neglected/maltreated. The program employs credentialed and Licensed Mental Health Professionals, who have received specialized training in treating children who have survived a traumatic experience.

Counseling Process

Once a referral is made, the Senior Mental Health Counselor will contact the family within two business days.  At the beginning of counseling, the non-offending parent will meet with the counselor for an intake appointment.  After two to six sessions, the counselor will make an initial assessment for continuation of services or make appropriate referrals to other therapeutic providers.  The focus of counseling will be determined by the needs of the family. Typically the focus is on alleviating any Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms that the family is experiencing.  Trauma– Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, Play Therapy, Sand tray Therapy, and Art Therapy modalities are used.  The decision to terminate counseling occurs when the child, the child’s family and the counselor agree it is time.

Darkness to Light Training

The Darkness to Light Stewards of Children training is a prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.  This program is designed for organizations that serve youth and for individuals concerned about the safety of children.  It is the only nationally distributed, evidence based program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective barriers.  There is a fee for this training, which includes a personal prevention plan interactive workbook, and certificate of completion.

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