EAC, Inc. Suffolk County Child Advocacy Center
The Suffolk County Child Advocacy Center at The Pat & Mary Bagnato Place For Kids is a facility for child victims of physical and sexual abuse. The mission of the Child Advocacy Center is to provide a neutral, child-focused environment where a coordinated response to child abuse allegations may be pursued in ways that support and protect children, non-offending parents and other family members. Each staff member is a certified Emergency Room Companion who is on call 24 hours a day to meet child victims of sexual assaults at hospital emergency rooms. In addition the Child Advocacy Center hosts public education forums on issues related to child abuse as well as providing referrals, accompaniment to court, offering much needed emotional support to the child and families and assistance in completing forms for Crime Victims Board reimbursement. Child Advocacy Center staff facilitates a peer support group for child victims and their non-offending parents called the Kids 2 Kids program.