DELAWARE COUNTY, N.Y. — New York State has begun rolling out a new way to support children that have been victims of sexual abuse.
A new mobile Child Advocacy Center was on display at Delaware Opportunities in Hamden today.
Delaware County is the first in the state to receive a mobile unit as part of a 4 point 45 million dollar investment by the state to improve services for children who are victims of physical or sexual abuse.
Child Advocacy Centers bring child protective services, law enforcement, medical providers, and therapeutic resources together to look into these cases.
Delaware Opportunities Executive Director Shelly Bartow says the new mobile unit will help them reach more children in need than ever before.
“We know that transportation is a barrier everywhere. It is particularly a barrier in Delaware County where there is no public transportation. We’re seeing continually that’s difficult for people to get to services and it often takes a long time to get to services. To have the ability to go out in the community where people are to provide services is something we’ve been doing for years. This is just one more tool in our tool box to support families and youth.”
Bartow says this has been a project more than a decade in the making that was made possible through a partnership between the Office of Victims Services and the Office of Children and Family services.
She says the mobile unit has been deployed, and they are already seeing positive results.