An informal statewide network of Multidisciplinary Teams (MDTs) and Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) was established in 1996 through the initiative of the New York State Child Advocacy Resource and Consultation Center. (CARCC make it a link to the explanations below) This network served as a springboard for information sharing, networking and peer support for its members. In 1998, the network was granted Chapter status from the National Children’s Alliance and was subsequently able to obtain grant funding to support further development. (NCA link to below) A steering committee was formed in 1999 to develop a strategic plan. Through this process, they recognized the need for the state chapter to have a more formal governance structure and, as such, NYSCA was created in May 2000. By-laws were developed and a Board of Directors was established. In 2011, NYSCA became an independent 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

NYSCA works collaboratively the Northeast Regional Child Advocacy Center (NRCAC section link) and the National Children’s Alliance (NCA section link). These agencies share a similar mission related to serving victims of child abuse, but each offers a different focus as described in the sections below.