Child Advocacy Center Celebrates 15 Years

Child Advocacy Center

FULTON, NY – Fifteen years ago the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County was established and charged with a mission to combat sexual and physical child abuse in Oswego County.

Child Advocacy CenterOver the past 15 years the care and concern of the CAC staff combined with the work of the agency’s Multi-Disciplinary Team has brought consolation to thousands of children and their family members and has produced remarkable results.

The story of the CAC, along with agency’s successes in 2015 will be shared at its annual meeting and presentation to the community.

To be held April 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St., Oswego, the event, which serves as the kickoff to the CAC’s 15th anniversary celebration, will highlight many of the individuals and agencies that helped the CAC throughout the years.

“Much of our success can be contributed to the partnerships we fostered along the way and the support we have received the community,” said CAC Executive Director Karrie Damm. “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.  This spirit of working together to help others is what drives our success.”

One of the direct results of this collaboration will be recognized at the meeting as the CAC will present the award for Best Child Abuse Investigation of the Year.

The CAC will also name its Volunteer of the Year.

“We are very appreciative of the community support we receive,” said Damm. “From our caring volunteers that support us in so many ways to our board members that freely share their time and talents and are dedicated to helping our children. I extend a special invitation to all of our past board members and all of our cherished volunteers to join us at our annual meeting. Much of what we do would not be possible without them. It would be wonderful to have them with us as we celebrate 15 years helping children and their families!”

The meeting will also feature a presentation from acclaimed physician and speaker Dr. Michelle Bode, board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine.

Dr. Bode is the medical director of Clinical Informatics at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse and the attending neonatalogist with Neonatal Associates of Central New York.

A highly sought after speaker, Dr. Bode is recognized throughout the country for her expertise in the area of Neonatal Abstinence a member of the staff at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.

Dr. Bode’s keynote address entitled Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: The Increasing Epidemic focuses on Narcotics Abstinence Syndrome and its implications on infant and maternal health.

“Dr. Bode’s insight on this subject will prove to be a real eye-opener,” said Damm. “While many of those in our community are still struggling to imagine the frequency of physical and sexual abuse to children, the vast majority are likely to have no idea that the prospect of children born addicted to opioid drugs could be a problem in their community. We are pleased that Dr. Bode has taken the time to join us as the keynote speaker at our annual meeting.”

Sponsored by Engel Law Offices, Nelson Law Firm, and Gregory and Karen Oakes, the CAC’s annual meeting and presentation to the community is open to the public with a suggested donation of $20, which includes lunch.

For more information and to make reservations, call the CAC office at 315-59CHILD (315-592-4453), register at eventbrite.com, and follow the CAC on Facebook.