New York Center for Children Hosts Conference Highlighting Model Programs to Help Victims of Child Abuse and Neglect
On Wednesday, June 22, 2011, New York Center for Children in collaboration with the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), the New York State Unified Court System, and Prevent Child Abuse America hosted a conference titled: “Effective Therapy to Promote the Well-Being of Children Traumatized by Abuse and Neglect” to highlight model programs that promote the healing and recovery of children who are victims of child abuse and neglect.
The conference was held at the ACS Children’s Center, 492 First Avenue, and included presentations by New York University’s Child Study Center Director Dr. Glenn Saxe, NYC Family Court Administrative Judge Edwina Richardson-Mendelson, and Gita Thadani, ACS Mental Health Coordination Unit Supervisor as well as experts on various treatment approaches including art therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy and group therapy. More than 200 child protection professionals including foster care caseworkers, child protection investigators, medical and mental health professionals, school staff, lawyers, child advocates and child care workers attended the conference.
Each year, ACS investigates over 50,000 allegations of child abuse and neglect. Without intervention, children who are subject to abuse and neglect may face long-lasting effects to their physical, cognitive, emotional, psychological and social development. The Conference focused on successful strategies and resources to support recovery and positive outcomes.
The New York Center for Children is a privately-funded non-profit organization that provides treatment to victims to child abuse, training for professionals who work with children, and child protection policy development.