Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
Fulton, NY – Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County (CAC), Karrie Damm, has announced that Ryan Webb has joined the staff as a Victim Advocate. Webb, who holds a Bachelors Degree in International Studies from SUNY Oneonta, brings with him a wealth of experience in working with youth and their families.
Through SUNY Oneonta’s Learn and Serve program, Webb spent four weeks in Africa gaining both classroom and field experience as he volunteered at schools and an orphanage. Additionally, he worked as assistant director and counselor at Vanderkamp, a summer camp in Cleveland, New York where he supervised youth and was actively involved in every aspect of the camp’s activities including educational.
“It was a great experience,” said Webb. “I enjoyed working with the kids and watching them develop over the years I was there. It was mutually rewarding as I was a positive role model for them and working with the children helped me grow personally and professionally.”
A native of Fulton, Webb was familiar with the CAC and excited to be a part of their mission to serve children and families affected by child abuse. “Some of the things that people do bother me. I want to make a difference and working with the CAC provides me with an opportunity do so,” said Webb.
As a victim advocate, Webb will work closely with the CAC’s multi-disciplinary team that is comprised of a cross section of law enforcement investigators, child protective services, probation officers, medical providers, therapeutic professionals, victim support professionals, and the district attorney’s office. The CAC’s multi-disciplinary team works to reduce the trauma to children and respective family members undergoing an investigation of child sexual and physical abuse. Working in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team, Webb will assist children and their families who are victims of abuse to ensure that they receive the support they need and are able to access the specific services they require. “It is rewarding to know that by providing children and their families who are victims of abuse with crisis intervention, as well as support on the judicial level, I am making a difference in their lives by helping them when they need it the most,” added Webb.
“Ryan is an excellent addition to our staff,” added Damm. “Being the only man on our staff he brings a different perspective and a new dimension to our services. He offers the children a compassionate male contact, other than law enforcement personnel, that is willing to help them. His past experiences will benefit him greatly in his role as victim advocate and his heart is in the right place.”
Located at 301 Beech St. in Fulton, the CAC of Oswego County is a non-profit charitable organization that provides a safe, child-friendly site for the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse. The CAC also has a satellite office located at 4822 Salina Street in Pulaski. For more information on the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County you may contact them at 315-592-4453.