CHH Center For Youth And Families Earns Accreditation From National Children’s Alliance

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Center for Youth and Families, a local Child advocacy Center (CAC), has been awarded accreditation by the National Children’s Alliance for its delivery of high quality and effective services to child abuse victims in the Northwest Connecticut.

“Our Team really collaborates well, and all members are invested in providing the best services possible to our families whether it involves the investigation, prosecution or healing. Together, we truly feel that we can make a difference!” said Joan M. Neveski LCSW, Clinical Manager at the Center.

Joan states that it not only “takes a village to raise a child,” but from our perspective, it takes a village to sensitively and successfully investigate and prosecute cases of child abuse. In addition, it also takes another part of that village to help the child and family to heal from the abuse inflicted. We feel that the efforts made at each step of each case impact and play an important role in the outcomes. Each day where there is a new disclosure from a child, each of the disciplines involved with our program have a new opportunity to do our individual part to positively impact those in our village. Each of our individual actions/responses in this process directly impacts a child’s life and their healing, as well as the healing of the family around the child.

The Center for Youth and Families has been an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance since 1999 and services children and families throughout Northwest Connecticut. The Center provides an array of services including child abuse investigation coordination, a multidisciplinary team, forensic interviewing and out-patient therapy. Out-patient services include a Trauma Team, extensively trained in the evidenced based model, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

In addition, as an expansion of our VOCA Services, Victim of Crime Act)our CAC has added a Parent Partner, who is a para-professional, non-offending caregiver who is part of the trauma team and helps provide the parent perspective to treatment as well as outreach/support to our non-offending parents.

As an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance the Center for Youth and Families is dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse and their family members.

The Center received the honor following an extensive application and site review process.  As the accrediting agency for the Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) across the country, National Children’s Alliance awards various levels of accreditation and membership to centers responding to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child abuse victims of abuse first. Accreditation is the highest level of membership with the National Children’s Alliance and denotes excellence in service provision.

National Children’s Alliance (NCA) awards accredited membership based on a CAC’s compliance with 10 national standards of accreditation to ensure effective, efficient and consistent delivery of services to child abuse victims. NCA updated these standards in 2010 to reflect the most recent evidence based practices in the field of child abuse intervention and prevention.

According to these standards accredited members must utilize a functioning and effective multidisciplinary Team approach to work collaboratively in child abuse investigation, prosecution, and treatment. NCA also considers standards regarding a center’s cultural competency and diversity, forensic interviews, victims support and advocacy, medical evaluations, therapeutic intervention, and child focused setting.

“The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Center for Youth and Families is to be commended for its excellent work in serving victims of child abuse. As the national association and accrediting body of Child Advocacy Centers across the country, our goal is to ensure that every victim of child abuse has access to high quality services that result from professional collaboration,” remarked Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of the National Children’s Alliance.

For more information on Child Abuse Prevention Activities and Trainings, contact the Center for Youth and Families at 860-489-3391. The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

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