Step Up for Kids
On the last weekend in September, 2013, the New York State Children’s Alliance, Inc. (NYSCA) hosted the First Annual Statewide Step Up for Kids Run/Walk with over 1000 participants. Seventeen Child Advocacy Centers joined together to organize local 5Ks and Family Fun Runs simultaneously held in 12 locations throughout New York State. The primary goal of the Step Up for Kids Run/Walk is to raise awareness of child abuse in our state and show support for Child Advocacy Centers.
Child Advocacy Centers provide services to our most precious and vulnerable population; abused children. Using a multidisciplinary team approach, law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, medical providers, therapists and child advocates work together to collect evidence, investigate allegations, and provide treatment to child victims and their families.
In 2012, New York States CACs provided services to over 18,500 children. This collaborative approach is proven to be effective at reducing the trauma children suffer following a disclosure of abuse or neglect, while ensuring their offenders are held accountable.
The impact of abuse on children is well documented. It affects attendance, grades, and graduation rates. More importantly, without proper interventions and support abuse can affect their physical and emotional health and well-being. The good news is that with effective intervention and support, children can and do heal from their abuse and go on to live happy, healthy lives.
The New York State Children’s Alliance, Inc., is 501 (c) 3 non-profit membership organization representing New York State’s forty (40) Child Advocacy Centers. NYSCA is dedicated to the development, growth and sustainability of these Centers.
Our goal is to provide every child in New York State with access to an accredited Child Advocacy Center. From Niagara Falls to Long Island, regardless of how large or small their community, how urban or rural, how wealthy or impoverished, every child deserves the best possible system response to abuse.
Children may only represent 30 percent of our current population, but they represent 100 percent of our future.
Please join us again next year when we Step Up For Kids across New York State.