York County Children's Advocacy
What Services We ProvideWhy is the York County Children's Advocacy Center needed?
Prior to the opening of the Children's Advocacy Center, an abused child was subjected to multiple forensic interviews in various agency settings during the information gathering process, including a possible medical exam. The child may have been taken to the hospital or doctor's office, the police department, a social worker or attorney's office.
Imagine the child's overwhelming feelings of fear and anxiety as he or she was shuffled between agencies, surrounded by adults inquiring about the details of the traumatic event. During each interview, the victim was asked to retell his/her story, vividly reliving the pain and confusion surrounding the experience. While the information and data gathered was necessary for the case, the old system further victimized the child and potentially corrupted the information needed for prosecution.
Now imagine a child-friendly, safe house, where the child feels secure in a non-threatening environment; a house where the child only has to go through one interview and one physical exam (if necessary). That child-friendly, safe house is the York County Children's Advocacy Center.
A Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Investigation is the core component of York
County's response to allegations of child abuse. The Children's Advocacy Center
facilitates an MDT response to allegations of child abuse. The MDT creates a
prompt, sensitive, thorough, interagency response to reports of alleged child
sexual abuse and serious physical abuse as well as child witnesses to violence.
The MDT also provides extensive supportive and follow-up services to children
and their families.
The York County Children's Advocacy Center's Multidisciplinary Team includes:
Services Provided by the York County Children's Advocacy Center
When allegations of child abuse and neglect are made, it is important to quickly
determine the validity of each allegation. Talking with a child is often the
first stop for most investigations in to allegations of child abuse and neglect.
After a disclosure or concern of sexual abuse, it is important for a child to be seen by a medical professional who has special training in the medical examination of abused children. The York County Children's' Advocacy Center offers non-emergency medical evaluations in our child-friendly examination room. The exam will help:
After the exam, the results will be shared with the family and child in an age-appropriate manner.
Victim Assistance Center: A program of the YWCA
The mission of the York County Victim Assistance Center is to provide crisis intervention, information, advocacy and ongoing counseling and support to the people of York County who are victims of sexual violence or other violent crimes; to advocate for change in the community and criminal justice system when in the best interest of assault and crime victims; and to work towards the prevention of violent crimes through education and coordination of service with other community organizations. For additional information about this organization, http://www.ywcayork.org/victim-services