Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s (CHH) Center for Youth and Families has been awarded a $9,000 grant from the National Children’s Alliance (NCA). NCA is an organization dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in the most effective and compassionate manner.
The grant from NCA will be used to educate members of the community regarding how professionals should handle child abuse disclosures. CHH Child Abuse Investigation Team (CAIT) Coordinator, Bethany Ferreira, LPC and Department of Children and Families Investigation Supervisor Jessica Noel, MSW, will travel the northwest corner to local schools, pediatricians offices and childcare providers to provide education. The training is part of a statewide initiative to enhance the response to child abuse disclosures.
“CAIT hopes to continue to educate our community on ways to prevent child abuse and resources available for children and families,” said Bethany Ferreira, the Child Abuse Investigation Team NW Coordinator.
Training will provide information for professionals on how to handle a disclosure, what questions to ask, how to support the child and what happens after the investigation begins. Additionally, training will be offered to Department of Children and Family investigators, state police and local police, which will focus on how to best respond to child abuse disclosures at the beginning of an investigation.
The Center for Youth and Families is accredited by the NCA and covers 23 towns in northwest Connecticut. The Child Abuse Investigation Team of Northwest Connecticut, a program housed at the center, is a multi-disciplinary group which coordinates the activities of the agencies involved in child abuse cases. Formed in 1997, the team includes representatives from the State and Local Law Enforcement, CT Department of Children and Families, Mental Professionals form the Center for Youth & Families, Litchfield State’s Attorney’s Office, Torrington Juvenile Court and the Susan B. Anthony Project.
If you are interested in receiving training free of charge, please contact Bethany Ferreira at (860) 489-3391 or [email protected].
CHH’s Center for Youth and Families is a Child Advocacy Center and professional mental health service that assists children, adolescents and their families with emotional, behavioral, developmental, and family difficulties. The Center for Youth and Families is dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse and their family members. 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. One-Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health.