Women & Children’s Hospital Helps to Celebrate the Child Advocacy Center’s 20th Anniversary

Updated: 5/2/2014
Debi Dee, Nurse Practitioner for the Child Advocacy Program at Women & Children’s Hospital, addresses the crowd at The Lee Gross Anthone Child Advocacy Center (CAC) 20 year anniversary celebration.

The Lee Gross Anthone Child Advocacy Center (CAC), a child-centered program that improves community response to alleged child abuse and serious physical abuse through a multi-system collaboration, held a press conference on April 30 to celebrate 20 years of serving the most vulnerable children in our community.

The event marked a long-standing reputation of a multidisciplinary approach in the investigation and treatment of child abuse in the Western New York community.

Debi Dee, a Nurse Practitioner for the Child Advocacy Program at Women & Children's Hospital, was a guest speaker at the event discussing the hospital's role in the medical assesment and documentation of child abuse cases. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Michael Weiner, President of the United Way, Captain Steven A. Nigrelli of the New York State Police and Michael Flaherty, Jr., First Assistant District Attorney all participated as guest speakers.

As a program of Child & Adolescent Treatment Services, the CAC (Child Advocacy Center) is a community-based, child friendly location that provides multi-disciplinary services for children and families affected by sexual abuse or serious physical abuse. The CAC brings together child protective services investigators, law enforcement, prosecutors, medical and mental health professionals, and victim advocates to provide a coordinated, comprehensive response to victims and their caregivers.

Child and Adolescent Treatment Services, a not-for-profit organization, helps more than 8,500 Western New York children and their families each year.  Since 1937, the multi-disciplinary mental health professionals have provided specialized programs for children with emotional disorders, victims of physical and sexual abuse, suicide and violence prevention as well as guidance for parents.