(Torrington, CT) – The Child Abuse Investigation Team of Northwest Connecticut (CAIT NW), a program of The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Center for Youth and Families, was recently awarded $6,605 by the Petit Family Foundation. This funding will be used to upgrade essential recording equipment that allows children who have been victimized by abuse to disclose their stories within a child friendly setting.
“Children deserve the opportunity to tell their stories in a private child friendly setting. This equipment will allow to continue to provide such a valuable service to one of our most vulnerable populations.”, said CAIT NW Coordinator Bethany Ferreira, LPC.
The Center for Youth and Families is a Nationally Accredited Child Advocacy Center that brings support services to children and families throughout Litchfield County. CAIT is a multi-disciplinary group which coordinates the activities of the agencies involved in child abuse case investigation throughout the region. The multidisciplinary team of CAIT NW is comprised of local law enforcement, child protection investigators, State’s Attorney, victim advocates, mental health clinicians and medical providers throughout Litchfield County. 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. Additional funding for CAIT NW is received from the CT Department of Children & Families and The National Children’s Alliance.
Community trainings on how to handle child abuse disclosures and parent workshops are offered at no cost. If you are interested in learning more about training opportunities for your agency, please contact Bethany Ferreira at the Center for Youth & 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.
The CHH Child Abuse Investigation Team of Northwest Connecticut has been awarded a $6,605 by the Petit Family Foundation at a recent awards ceremony to upgrade essential recording equipment.
(LtoR) William Petit, Sr., Detective Kevin Tieman of the Torrington PD, Bethany Ferreira, CAIT NW Coordinator, Forensic Interviewer Dr. Danielle Williams, Dr. William Petit, Susan B. Anthony Child Advocate Anne Malisk, and Barbara Petit.