About Us

About Us

The Child Advocacy Center is a program of BestSelf Behavioral Health.

Our Mission

The mission of the Child Advocacy Center at BestSelf is to integrate and coordinate services to meet the needs of child victims of sexual and serious physical abuse and their families at a single, child friendly facility. Such response is intended to reduce trauma, promote accountability and facilitate healing.

Our Vision

Children in their homes and in our community are healthy, safe and free from harm.

OUR STORY

The inspiration for developing a CAC in Buffalo came in 1992 when a private citizen, Lee Gross Anthone, read an article in Lear’s magazine about child sexual victimization. The article showcased a CAC in California. When Ms. Anthone learned that no such facility existed in New York State, she organized a task force of concerned citizens and professionals to study how CACs were developed around the country. In 1993, Child and Adolescent Treatment Services took the lead as agency responsibility for the CAC. A combination of funds from Child and Adolescent Treatment Services, the federal and state government, and private sources including the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County enabled the CAC to open in 1994. The CAC was one of the first two CACs to open in New York State and served as a model for many developing centers including Canadian CACs. The CAC was initially housed in an office building on Delaware Avenue and in 1999 celebrated its re-location at 556 Franklin.

OUR STAFF

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Rebecca Stevens

Director
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Brittany Palermo

Assistant Program Director
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Sarah Liska

Intake Specialist

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Kim VanLew

Office Manager

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Jessica A.

Victim Advocate
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Taylor DiBerardino

Victim Advocate

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Michelle Horn

Victim Advocate
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Samantha Klos

Victim Advocate/Forensic Interviewer
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Caitlin Sion

Victim Advocate

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Jill Polinski

Therapist

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Andriana Lozier

Counselor

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Megan Dudziak

Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator

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Georgie Legierski

Customer Service Representative

CONTACT US

Address
556 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202

Phone: 716-886-5437
Email[email protected]