News Release



For More Information:

William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
Telephone:  (845) 486-2000
, FAX: (845) 486-2021,

September 10, 2002


Steinhaus Supports Child Abuse Investigation and Prevention Program


Poughkeepsie… County Executive William R. Steinhaus has approved a contract for the 2002 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awards with the Child Abuse Prevention Center, Inc., for $25,000 to support their Child Advocacy Center. Funding for this program is directed through the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development

According to County Executive Steinhaus, ”The unfortunate fact is that cases of sexual abuse against children do take place. We need to do everything we can in Dutchess County to protect our children. Though the support of programs offered by the Child Advocacy Center, we can help make sure that these cases are identified and investigated, and that the victims and their families are given the support they need to recover and ensure that future crimes are prevented.” 

The Child Advocacy Center is a community collaboration dedicated to investigating child sexual abuse, and investigates cases involving more than 300 Dutchess County children each year. The purpose is to provide a child-friendly setting that involves working with parents and children to help them understand and accept what is happening to the family unit involved in child sexual abuse allegations and to provide the support necessary to make the experience as minimally traumatic as possible. Using sensitive, state-of-the-art interview and exam techniques and a multi-disciplinary team approach that provides Child Protective Services, law enforcement, mental health and medical services all in one safe, child-friendly location, trauma to children is greatly reduced. 

This award was based on priorities previously established in the County’s Consolidated Plan for the use of CDBG funds. The plan has been accepted and approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The CDBG funding provides grant funds to municipalities and human service agencies to benefit low to moderate-income residents of Dutchess County. 

For more information about the Child Advocacy Center, call Catherine Hexel at the Child Abuse Prevention Center, Inc. at (845) 454-0595.


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