Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center

Contact Information:

772 Main Street
Olean, NY, 14760

(716) 372-8532

Region(s):

Southern Tier

 In September 2007, Southern Tier Health Care System Inc. opened the Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center. Due to the high volume of cases during the first year of operation, plans were drafted for a larger facility. In January 2009, the Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center moved from the campus of Olean General Hospital into a permanent home at 772 Main St. in Olean, N.Y.

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The mission of the Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center is to provide a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to child victims of sexual and physical abuse. We provide a safe, child-friendly environment for interviews, medical examinations and support to child victims and their non-offending family members. We are committed to reducing trauma, promoting justice and fostering healing thereby empowering victims.

The Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center is designed to ensure that children are not further victimized by the intervention system designed to protect them. The STCAC is a child-friendly center where more than 50 professionals from 16 agencies in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties work together to investigate child abuse case and provide services to abused children. Cases are managed by a multidisciplinary team in a collaborative effort, each helping the other achieve the Center's goals.

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Children and families who visit the Center are welcomed to a warm, child-friendly, and homelike environment, which helps reduce their anxiety. Interview rooms are decorated to make children comfortable, enhancing the effectiveness of the interview process.  Using state of the art audio/visual equipment, one multidisciplinary team (MDT) member interviews a child while other team members observe in an adjoining room. We provide specialized medical evaluations using the latest techniques and technology. Victim advocacy and crisis counseling services are available on-site and through linkages with referral agencies.

The Center also provides space for research and training so professionals and community members can learn how to prevent child abuse.

The STCAC provides continuous outreach to enhance community awareness and understanding of child abuse, and to promote prevention efforts. Now that the Child Advocacy Center is in its own building, we have the space to expand and develop new preventions, interventions, treatment, trainings and community outreach.

If you have any questions about the CAC feel free to call us at (716)372-8532.

If you suspect child abuse, contact the New York State Abuse Hotline at (800) 342-3720 or contact your local law enforcement agency immediately.