Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) at WIHDchildren advocacy center logo

The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) at the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) provides coordination for the multi-disciplinary assessment of children with suspected sexual and/or physical abuse. Our multi-disciplinary team includes the public agencies responsible for the investigation and prosecution of child abuse, the members of our Child Abuse Pediatrics program and highly respected mental health and victim’s assistance agencies. The goal of the CAC team is to provide a coordinated response in a neutral, safe and child-friendly environment. We provide state-of-the-art forensic interviews, psycho-social assessments of children and integration of the various members of the Child Abuse Pediatrics Medical Program with investigative and protective agencies. The CAC operates in an academic setting with a foundation in research, education and prevention.

PARTNERS

Westchester Community Opportunity Program Inc. 
Westchester County Department of Social Services

Westchester County District Attorney’s Office
Office of the County Attorney
Local, state, and county police departments
Westchester Jewish Community Services
Child Abuse Pediatrics Program (New York Medical College, Westchester Medical Center and WIHD)

The CAC at WIHD is a member of the NEW YORK STATE CHILDREN’S ALLIANCE
and is accredited by the NATIONAL CHILDREN’S ALLIANCE

For children, adolescents or adults presenting with concerns of recent (within 96 hours) sexual abuse/assault, WIHD collaborates with Westchester Medical Center/Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s Forensic Acute Care Team (FACT) – please visit http://www.westchestermedicalcenter.com/wmc/forensic-acute-care-team-fact.aspx for information on how to access this service.