556 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202 Phone: 716-886-5437 Fax: 716-886-5888
Child Advocacy Center at BestSelf
The Child Advocacy Center at BestSelf (CAC) is an innovative, comprehensive center offering safety, support and a healing place for children and families affected by trauma and abuse in Erie County. The CAC incorporates Erie County’s Multi-Disciplinary Team, (MDT), which has representation from professionals in the fields of law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, medical, mental health and victim advocacy. The CAC provides specialized services in a child-friendly setting to children who are traumatized by sexual abuse and physical abuse.
Comprehensive Services in One Child-Friendly Location
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 in one place. The Center’s highly qualified professionals are specially trained in the assessment and treatment of abused children and adolescents. Children and families receive the specialized medical, mental health and legal services that they need to begin the process of healing and protect children against further harm.
Helping Protect Children & Prevent Future Issues
Timely and professional treatment and support in the aftermath of abuse may help prevent further victimization of the child as well as help prevent serious mental health issues later in life. Research shows that sexually abused children and adolescents frequently experience symptoms such as anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem, promiscuity and delinquency. In one study, 80% of 21-year-olds who reported childhood abuse met the criteria for at least one psychological disorder.