For Immediate Release
March 5, 2008
( 603) 380-3095
Concord, NH – Attorney General Kelly Ayotte has appointed a statewide board to oversee and support New Hampshire's eight established and two developing Child Advocacy Centers (CACs). Funded in part through the Victims Assistance Fund, Child Advocacy Centers are community-based facilities that provide a child-friendly environment for conducting child abuse investigations and coordination of services for child victims and their non-offending family members.
Members of the Attorney General's Child Advocacy Center Advisory Board include several state Commissioners, agency heads and directors of non-profits involved in family violence prevention (a list is attached).
In 2007, New Hampshire Child Advocacy Centers provided services to more than 1,375 children. Ninety percent of these children had a presenting allegation of child sexual abuse, the majority under 10 years of age.
In communities with a Child Advocacy Center, law enforcement, the Division for Children, Youth and Families, the County Attorney's Office, victim advocate services and medical and mental health professionals sign a shared services agreement in which all parties self mandate a team approach to child abuse investigations and subsequent service delivery.
New Hampshire currently has eight Child Advocacy Centers:
For more information on the Children's Advocacy Center model in combating child abuse or to find a CAC in your community, please call 603-380-3095 or visit www.NHNCAC.org.
Child Advocacy Center Advisory Board Members
|Chair: Honorable Kelly Ayotte,
|Chief Peter Morency
NH Chiefs of Police Association
|Kristie Palestino, Exec. Director
Child Advocacy Center of Hillsborough
Chair, NH Network of CACs
|Maggie Bishop, Director
Division for Children, Youth and Families
|Amanda Peterson, State Coordinator
NH Network of CACs
|Colonel Frederick Booth
NH Department of Safety
|James Reams, JD
Rockingham County Attorney
|Kent Hymel, MD
Medical Director, Child Abuse and Prevention Program CHAD
|Brad Russ, Director
Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
|Pam Kozlowski, JD
District Court Administrator
|Marcia Sink, Director
CASA of NH
|Sandra Matheson, Director
Attorney General's Office of Victim/Witness Assistance
Commissioner, NH Department of Health and Human Services
|Grace Mattern, Exec. Director
NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
|Marguerite Wageling, JD
Hillsborough County Attorney's Office
New Hampshire Department of Justice | 33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301