What is the Child Advocacy Center?

The Cortland County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) is a community organization dedicated to the prevention, education, and investigation of child abuse.

The CAC is made up of a Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) of dedicated professionals, who are determined to make a difference in children’s lives: District Attorney’s Office, CAC Advocacy, Law Enforcement (City PD, Cortland County Sheriff’s Office, Homer PD, NYSP), Child Protective Services, Cortland Regional Medical Center, Family Counseling Services, Cortland County Mental Health, and Cortland County Probation.  The MDT’s goal is to reduce the trauma that child victims experience after they report abuse and to strengthen the community response to that abuse.

The CAC provides a safe, comfortable, child-friendly setting where law enforcement and child protective services come together to talk with alleged child victims (ages 17 years old and under) and their non-offending caregivers.

An Advocate meets with the non-offending caregivers to offer referrals to forensic medical exam, specialized counseling, victim services funding, and any other  programs in the area that may meet the family’s needs.  The Advocate provides support to the family throughout the entire process from investigation to prosecution.