(Torrington, CT) – The Center for Youth and Families in Torrington which provides all of the Child and Family Behavioral Health Outpatient services for Charlotte Hungerford Hospital has been awarded re-accreditation from the National Children’s Alliance after an evaluation process that took place in June of 2016 in the Child Advocacy Center.
The National Children’s Alliance (NCA) is the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs). There are over 750 CACs across the country and The Center for Youth and Families houses one of only 8 across Connecticut.
CACs are child-focused centers that coordinate the investigation, prosecution and treatment of children exposed to abuse. CACs encourage the coordination of services by bringing together professionals within a multi-disciplinary team to work together and ensure that investigations happen in the least traumatic way for children and their families. The CAC houses the Child Abuse Investigation Team of Northwest Connecticut (CAIT NW) along with mental health clinicians trained in trauma informed care and a newly trained medical provider.
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. 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.
“We are fortunate in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut to have such dedicated community professionals working to keep our children safe. The CAC provides a valuable service to one of our most vulnerable populations.” said Bethany Ferreira, LPC – CAIT NW Coordinator.