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END THE SILENCE. END THE ABUSE.

Astonishingly, 1 in 10 children in our community will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday and, in many cases, it is silence and secrecy that allow the abuse to begin and continue. It is time for us to speak up for the children in our community who can’t speak for themselves.

OUR PAST

Limited access to care for children and families

Serving only 1/3 of the eligible children in Erie County

Limited on-site treatment availability

Limited parking and a lack of handicap access

OUR FUTURE

The ability to assist over 3,000 abused children annually

Extended hours and 24/7 on-call staffing

Increased advocacy and community education regarding abuse

Access to new, evidence-based treatments and services

Help rebuild our Child Advocacy Center at BestSelf | CACBUFFALO.ORG

ABOUT THE CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER AT BESTSELF

The Child Advocacy Center at BestSelf is a centralized location where children who have been sexually or physically abused can receive all of the services they need.

MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAM

Consisting of over two dozen local and national law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and medical professionals, child protective services, and mental health specialists, the multi- disciplinary team is the heart and soul of the Child Advocacy Center at BestSelf and will provide the most comprehensive and advanced care to our community’s children and their families.

Some of our partners include:

  • BestSelf Behavioral Health
  • Crisis Services
  • Erie County Child Protective Services
  • Erie County District Attorney’s Office
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • International Institute of Buffalo
  • Kaleida-Oishei Children’s Hospital
  • Law Enforcement
  • Seneca Nation of Indians-Cattaraugus Indian Reservation
  • And many more

OUR VISION

The new Child Advocacy Center at BestSelf, located at 768 Delaware Avenue, will be more than 4x the size of the current facility allowing for:

  • The co-location of all partner organizations (including medical care, counseling, legal counsel, law enforcement, etc.)
  • Easy access to trauma-informed treatment and innovative evidence-based therapies for children and their families
  • Redesign of the waiting and treatment areas to create comfortable environments for children of all ages
  • Increased forensic interview and medical examination rooms
  • Additional support programs, such as pet therapy
  • Full handicap accessibility
  • Located on a major bus route, with significantly increased on-site parking

OUR CHALLENGE

Erie County has some of the highest rates for reported child abuse in New York State – over 5,000 reported cases annually. And with the current state of the Child Advocacy Center, our specially-trained professionals can assist less than 25% of those children.

As troubling as these numbers are, BestSelf and the CAC cannot deliver our vision without the collective support of the community. It will take approximately $15 million to create our new, expanded, state-of-the-art Child Advocacy Center at BestSelf. If you’d like to become part of this monumental project, we invite you to invest today in this essential community resource at cacbuffalo.org.

CONTACT
Janine E. Tramont,
Director of Development255 Delaware Avenue, Suite 300   |   Buffalo, NY 14202   |   E: [email protected]   |   O: 716.842.0440, x 1826