OSWEGO, NY – Cheryl Martin-Schroeder, NP and Child Protective Investigator Christina Letterle were honored with the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County’s Investigator of the Year Award.
“The Investigator of the Year Award is given to a member of the CAC’s Multi-Disciplinary Team that has played a pivotal role in making the difference in the lives of children,” explained CAC Executive Director Karrie Damm. “The fact that the winner is nominated and chosen by their peers makes the award even more special. This year we honor two exceptional individuals whose work is exemplary.”
Cheryl Martin-Schroeder has been a part of the CAC’s Multi-Disciplinary Team for the past 10 years.
“Cheryl is a critical member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team,” said Oswego County District Attorney Greg Oakes. “As investigators we look for additional information to corroborate children’s disclosures. Sometimes that comes from the children themselves, not only by their words but by their bodies. Cheryl has performed hundreds of medical examinations on children that have been physically and sexually abused in Oswego County during her tenure. The additional evidence she has discovered, and her testimony as an expert witness, have been critical to the outcomes of many cases. Additionally, her medical attention and warm and empathic presence has helped in the healing of their bodies and minds.”
“Cheryl’s work with the CAC is difficult and can be emotionally draining, yet she performs it with dignity, grace and professionalism. She treats all children in a caring and compassionate manner that makes them feel safe and supported. It’s an honor to recognize her with this award,” added Oakes.
Christina Letterle has been a member of the CAC’s Multi-Disciplinary Team since 2014.
She has been recognized for her unique approach and ability in allowing children that have been physically or sexually abused feel safe and supported while discussing what’s bothering them and disclosing the abuse.
“Christina is an outstanding case worker,” said Marti Babcock, Deputy Commissioner of the Oswego County Department of Social Services. “Her kindness and openness allows children to feel comfortable when discussing an uncomfortable topic. She is a dedicated colleague and a model of professionalism in this work.”
Carey Benzing, director of Family Services at DSS, added, “The work that we do has a physical, mental, and spiritual cost, but Christina willingly accepts this cost and continues to work diligently to ensure the safety of children in our community. She is the utmost professional, working well with her colleagues, law enforcement, and other community members. We are proud to have Christina on our team.”
Located at 163 S. First St. in Fulton, the CAC is a non-profit organization that works hand-in-hand with local law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, medical providers, mental health providers, and victim advocacy professionals in Oswego County to protect and serve child victims of sexual and physical abuse.
In 2017 the CAC served 541 children and families in Oswego County.