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EAC Network, Child Advocacy Center
The Suffolk County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) provides a safe, child-friendly environment that supports a timely, multi-disciplinary response to child maltreatment and trauma. Our facility is designed after a child focused trauma-informed model that offers a calm and neutral place for children to be interviewed, examined medically, and evaluated psychologically. This evidence-based multidisciplinary approach to child maltreatment reduces the traumatization of child sexual/physical abuse and promotes the coordinated prosecution of offenders. The multidisciplinary team is comprised of the District Attorney’s Office, County Attorney’s Office, EAC Network’s professional staff, Department of Social Services, medical staff, and Law Enforcement. We bring agencies and services together in one child-friendly setting that is non-threatening and physically and psychologically safe for children. The CAC’s bilingual family advocates provide follow-up services with active cases that may include assistance with OVS compensation forms, generating referrals for mental health services for clients, providing information on local resources, and accompaniment to agency procedures like court or forensic interview with clients and their non-offending family members. The CAC also provides community outreach and education to aid in the prevention of child abuse throughout Suffolk County.