OSWEGO, NY – The Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County will hold its annual meeting and presentation to the community on April 11 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at The American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St.
The event highlights many of the individuals and organizations that the CAC collaborates with in its efforts to combat child abuse in Oswego County and informs the community of the work the CAC has accomplished over the past year in supporting children and their families that have been affected by physical or sexual abuse.
“We’re appreciative of community partnerships we have fostered over the past 16 years and the relationships we enjoy with community volunteers and our board members,” said CAC Executive Director Karrie Damm. “This community support combined with the collaborative efforts of our Multi-Disciplinary Team, which is comprised of a cross section of law enforcement investigators, child protective services, medical providers, therapeutic professionals, victim support professionals, the district attorney’s office, and other human services agencies ensure a well-coordinated, effective approach to child abuse investigation and prosecution, and service provision to families and individuals affected by child abuse. It’s an honor to be able to recognize them at our annual meeting.”
According to Damm, in addition to recognizing valued volunteers and presenting the award for Best Multi Disciplinary Team Investigation of the Year, the CAC’s annual meeting will include two very special announcements.
“Oswego County Legislator Tom Drumm will be on hand to announce the kick-off our Darkness to Light Stewards of Children initiative. A community based prevention program, Darkness to Light Stewards of Children teaches community members interested in protecting our youth how to be aware of child abuse and how to report it to the CAC,” said Damm.
In addition to Legislator Drumm, Executive Director of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation Karen Goetz will speak of the impact that the CAC has on the quality of life in Oswego County and its plans.
“Karen will officially announce the Shineman Foundation ‘s support of our new home! Later this year the CAC will be moving into a larger location that will allow us to serve the increasing amount of children that we are seeing and provide additional space for members of our Multi-Disciplinary Team that will help streamline investigations,” Damm said.
The CAC’s meeting is open to the public with a suggested donation of $25 which includes breakfast.
For more information and to make reservations, call the CAC office at 315-59CHILD (315-592-4453), visit www.oswegocac.org, and follow the CAC on Facebook.