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April 2018

Child Abuse Prevention Month

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.  As a means to bring awareness to this issue and to renew our commitment to the Multidisciplinary efforts of identification, investigation, and medical and mental health remediation for victim s of abuse, the Essex Children's Advocacy Center hosts an annual event for our community partners.

Approximately 25 professionals from law enforcement, social services, the medical community, the District Attorney's office, juvenile probation and community resource programs came together to witness the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the Children's Advocacy Center.

A One with Courage Leadership Award is also presented to  a person in Essex County who exemplifies dedication and compassion to the children of Essex County who experience trauma.
This year's award was presented to Amy Snow, a 20 year veteran victim witness advocate at the Essex Children's Advocacy Center at the District Attorney's office.

Following the MOU signing and the Award presentation, the Essex CAC hosted a training regarding Programming for the Sexual Exploited Youth.  Kim Hopkins and Jen Dowd from Centerboard in Lynn, MA and Tina Valila from My Life My choice facilitated a robust conversation about service provision to high risk youth

February 2018

February has been a very busy month at the CAC.

Congratulations to the Essex CAC Steering Committee for their commitment, support and rolling up their  shirt sleeves work for the past year in preparing for the 2nd Accreditation Application Submission to National Children’s Alliance.  The Essex CAC became a fully accredited member in 2013!  We submitted our 2018 Application on February 9th, and are anxiously awaiting our site visit in August of 2018!

Building Community Partnerships Training Series:   We’re BACK!!!

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On February 13th, 2018 the Essex CAC initiated their 2018 Building Community Partnership Training Series.  The series started off with a training regarding Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapies presented by our mental health consultants, Brooke Kimbro, LICSW (Jeanne Geiger Crises Center) and Elaina Elias, LICSW (Children’s Friend and Family). The presentation was informative for all who attended and resulted in great conversation about provision of TFCBT therapies for children who are referred to the CAC.

In March the training will be presented by Sue Cooper from Beacon Health Strategies and in line with our commitment to supporting our members well being, is entitled, How to Practice Safe Stress!!

October 12, 2017

More Than Playing Doctor: Understanding and Helping Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior and Their Families.

Jimmy Widdifield, JR, Presenter; Kate MacDougall, Chief of Family Crimes, Essex District Attorney’s Office; Pat Snyder-Mathews, Director, Essex Children’s Advocacy Center/Essex District Attorney’s Office; Gina Amodio, Massachusetts Children’s Alliance.
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On October 12th the Essex Children’s Advocacy Center at the Essex District Attorney’s Office sponsored a half day training.  Through the support of the National Children’s Alliance and the Massachusetts Children’s Alliance we were able to host Jimmy Widdifield, JR. from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Program to come and present to the Essex CAC multidisciplinary membership.  The training was a great success and has helped our membership begin to think creatively about better serving children who present with Problematic Sexual Behaviors.

May 2, 2017

Massachusetts Children’s Alliance 7th Annual Statewide Conference

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20 Partner members of the Essex Children’s Advocacy Center attended the 7th Annual Conference held in Framingham, Massachusetts.  Representatives from local law enforcement, Department of Children and Families, the Essex District Attorney’s office and the Essex Children’s Advocacy Center attended the conference.  The conference highlights were the key note speakers including Kevin Mulcahy, US State’s Attorney and survivor of child abuse along with two time gold medal winner in judo, Kayla Harrison, also a survivor of childhood abuse.

Along with the keynote speakers, the many workshops that were offered were well received by all attendees.  It was an informative day and resulted in an enhancement in skill development along with a great networking opportunity.  Thanks to MACA for a top notch conference once again.


The ULTIMATE  in MDT support.

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Our two Marblehead Detectives, Det. Sean Brady and Det. Brendan Finnegan stayed after a team to build some furniture for the CAC site at the District Attorney’s office.The best team ever!  Thanks Detectives!!


Essex CAC strives to reduce the impact of trauma on victims and families, while increasing access to child and family advocates, medical evaluation and treatment, mental health referral and the criminal justice system.


The Essex CAC is a public-private partnership agency that works closely with key partners who have signed memorandums of understanding.  


The Essex CAC provides the following services: Multidisciplinary Team Investigation, Specialized Medical Evaluations and Consultation and referral for Trauma Informed Mental Health intervention.


What is Child Abuse and what can I do? Information for parents and professionals. Important links to relevant resources.

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The Essex CAC hosts and participates in events that further their goals to provide quality care and services to the community. Check back frequently to see what we are up to.


The Essex CAC services are offered by appointment only. For information please call the Essex CAC at 978-745-6610 Ext. 5173. For medical appointments and questions please call the PediSANE Nurse at 978-984-7535.

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