A Message to our Community
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way we live, work, and interact. As local businesses and schools have been asked to close their doors in an attempt to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hampshire County (CAC) remains open. The CAC is continuing to provide support, resources, and education to Hampshire County residents. We are following local and national guidelines to ensure the safety of our staff, our team, and our clients. However, as you know, child abuse does not stop for holidays, weekends, or in this case a pandemic and government-mandated quarantine. If anything, child abuse cases will likely rise as some children are forced to remain at home, living side-by-side with their abusers.
Sadly, we know that home is not safe for everyone.
Families are dealing with unprecedented stress and anxiety. Parents have no reprieve from the intensity of child-rearing. Children are no longer spending their days with teachers, guidance counselors, and child care providers. These mandated reporters are often the first to alert officials to concerns for the safety and well being of kids. As a result, the reports of child abuse are plummeting and we fear the occurrences are increasing.
We’re here to help.
The CAC of Hampshire County is open and ready to respond to the emergent needs of children. We are working with our team of child advocates, law enforcement, physicians, and therapists to provide services for children and their caregivers. We will continue to support our clients and provide resources to the community throughout this global crisis. The CAC is a lifeline for children and protective caregivers now more than ever.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Hampshire County remains committed to preventing and ending child abuse in our community by providing safety, healing, and justice.