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For immediate release: July 20, 2017
Contact: Craig Smith
Phone: 518-402-3130

Governor Cuomo Announces Nearly $2.5 Million for Child Advocacy Centers in the Finger Lakes, Mowawk Valley and North Country

 New Centers to Offer Family Services for the First Time in These Upstate Counties

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced nearly $2.5 million awarded to five child advocacy centers across New York. Funding will be awarded over the next five years to establish centers in counties that do not currently offer these critical family services. CACs are child-focused, community oriented facilities where children and their families can receive coordinated intervention from social services, law enforcement, medical, advocacy and therapeutic systems, when an allegation of child abuse or maltreatment has been made. These child-friendly facilities make the investigation process less traumatic for children.

“Ensuring the health and well-being of our youngest New Yorkers is a top priority of this administration, and with this funding we will provide necessary services for families in these upstate communities,” Governor Cuomo said. “These child advocacy centers will provide a stress-free environment for children and their families to meet with experts, access services, and ease trauma as victims of abuse and maltreatment take steps toward recovery.”
The New York State Office of Children and Family Services will disburse the Federal Children’s Justice Act funds to the following centers: 
Awardee Additional Counties Served Award Amount
Fulton County CAC Montgomery and Hamilton $91,607
Genesee County CAC Wyoming and Orleans $100,000
Jefferson County CAC St. Lawrence and Lewis $100,000
Clinton County CAC Franklin, Essex and St. Regis Reservation $100,000
Ontario County CAC Yates and Seneca $100,000
The St. Regis Reservation is the only tribal land in the northeast United States with a CAC. With the addition of new counties being served, New York State will now have 54 CACs serving 53 counties and the St. Regis Tribal Reservation. The award amounts will be paid each year for five years, with the first payment anticipated on October 1, 2017.
“Child advocacy centers serve more than 19,000 children statewide each year,” said acting OCFS Commissioner Sheila J. Poole. “OCFS is pleased to administer these vital funds to bring CAC services to counties that do not currently have them. We are moving steadily closer to our goal of having CAC services available in every part of our state.”
About OCFS 
OCFS serves New York by promoting the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, families, and communities. OCFS maintains an active social media presence. “Like” the New York State Office of Children and Family Services Facebook page and follow @NYSOCFS on Twitter in English or the Spanish-language Twitter account, @NYSOCFS en Eespanol.