Child Advocacy Centers

To Report Child Abuse Call the New York State Central Register of Child Abuse & Maltreatment: 800.342.3720
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About Our Child Advocacy Centers (CACs)

Safe Horizon’s fully co-located Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) are child-friendly facilities for children who have endured sexual or severe physical abuse. Located in each of the five boroughs of New York City, they each provide critical help to families in crisis.

How Our Child Advocacy Centers Work

The CACs pioneer a fully co-located model, meaning that each facility is staffed with an on-site team of experts that investigate, respond, and prosecute all types of child abuse cases.

This on-site CAC teams includes:

  • Child Protective Specialists from the Administration for Children’s Services
  • Detectives from the New York City Police Department
  • Assistant District Attorneys from the borough District Attorneys’ offices
  • Corporation Counsel from the NYC Law Department
  • Pediatricians from premier local hospitals

This team takes a client-centered approach in serving the needs of child victims through ensuring their safety, addressing physical injuries and emotional trauma, and bringing abusers to justice.

The co-located model of the CACs enables these teams to consult with one another face-to-face and in real time. This reduces the number of times children have to retell details of their abuse and expedites justice for the more than 4,000 child abuse cases we see across all CACs each year.

Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI)

Each of the CACs utilizes the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), a brief, evidence-based mental health intervention designed to reduce the impact of potentially traumatic events on children.

The Yale University Child Study Center developed CFTSI and chose Safe Horizon to implement the first pilot of the intervention outside of the Yale campus.

  • Children who complete CFTSI have experienced dramatic reductions in trauma symptoms and have reported feeling significantly better after completing CFTSI. 
  • CFTSI has also been remarkably effective in strengthening communication between parents and their abused children.
  • The intervention equips parents with skills to manage their children’s traumatic reactions and empowers them to provide care and protection.

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