CHH Child Abuse Investigation Team Honors Local Child Advocates at 6th Annual Awards Breakfast

Pinwheels(Torrington, CT) – The Child Abuse Investigation Team of Northwest Connecticut (CAIT NW), a program of the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Center for Youth and Families, held its sixth annual “Pinwheels for Prevention” Child Abuse Prevention Recognition Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 4th at the Torrington Country Club.  

The event is held annually to bring together and recognize professionals working with children in the northwest corner, their co-workers, family members, and friends. The event highlights Child Abuse Prevention Month and services for area children who have been victims of child abuse. The concept of “pinwheels”, which represent the carefree nature of children, was created in Ohio to help bring attention to child abuse and neglect and remind people of the collective responsibility everyone shares to ensuring their safety. 

During the awards ceremony, four professionals will be honored for their dedication and commitment to protecting children in Litchfield County:  

  • Lifetime Achievement Award –  Detective Richard Good
    • This award is given to individuals who have steadfastly shown a dedication to the protection and oversight of children who have been abused or are at risk of being exposed to the many types of abuse. 
  • Professional Award – Kim Monahan, LMFT – CHH Center for Youth and Families.
  • This award is given to a dedicated expert with the community who has displayed compassion for and commitment to children above and beyond that of her peers. 
  • Professional Award – Myra Helt
  • This award is given to a dedicated expert with the community who has displayed compassion for and commitment to children above and beyond that of her peers. 
  • Community Award – Officer Tony Pietrafesa – Torrington Police Department
    • This award is given to community members who have unselfishly helped children in either a professional or personal setting, showing a strong desire to make the quality of children’s lives better. 

The Child Abuse Investigation Team of Northwest Connecticut is a multi-disciplinary group which coordinates the activities of the agencies involved in child abuse case investigation throughout the region.  Formed in 1997, the team includes representatives from the state and local police departments, CT Department of Children and Families, CHH Center for Youth & Families, Northwest Center for Family Service & Mental Health, CT Office of Victim Services, CT State’s Attorney’s Office, CT Juvenile Court, Susan B. Anthony Project, and area pediatricians and mental health professionals.  

The team meets regularly to discuss child abuse cases that occur in Northwest Connecticut. The team identifies system needs and works cooperatively to improve the investigation and prosecution of cases with the goal of improving protection of child victims from further abuse and trauma.   

“Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, neighbor or family friend, most everyone has a child in their life that they care about and want to see happy and healthy.  We encourage people to think about how they can help protect the children in their lives and community.” Said Joan Neveski, LCSW, Clinical Manager for The Center For Youth and Families Child Advocacy Center. 

For more details on any of the above programs, please contact the Center for Youth & Families at 489-3391. 

The Child Abuse Investigation Team of Northwest Connecticut is one of several program and services offered at the CHH for Youth and Families Child Advocacy Center.  Other services offered include SAFE assessments for children, Connections support for children with autism, Nuestra Comunidad counseling in Spanish, Charlotte’s Place victim services program, Bridges Extended Day Treatment Facility after school program, Child First an in-home program for children and families birth to age 6, Foster Care Clinic  and outpatient mental health services for children up to age 18 years and their families.  The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, serving 100,000 residents of northwest Connecticut in 15 towns. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org.

 

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