Niagara Gazette


July 6, 2013

COPS NOTEBOOK: Happy campers and child advocates


Column by Rick Pfeiffer —

They do the kind of work most people would recoil from and they are often the last hope for abused children.

That’s why it’s so important to recognize for the efforts of the caseworkers and investigators attached to the Niagara County Child Abuse Intervention Project. 

On June 26, the Child Advocacy Center honored five members of the project for their hard work and dedication.

The honorees were Niagara County Department of Social Services senior caseworker Debbie Stevenson, Lockport Police Det. Travis Mapes, family services advocate Kara Sciarrino, crime victim specialist Martha LaCorte and YWCA of Niagara Vice President Mary Brennan-Taylor.

In speaking of the work these folks do, CAC Executive Director Laura Kelemen said, “(They) work day in and day out with victims of abuse and their families. They are compassionate, dedicated and determined to prevent and treat child abuse and to seek justice and healing for the victims and families they serve.”

The Child Abuse Intervention Project is a joint effort of local law enforcement, Child Protective Services, the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office, medical and mental health professionals and the Child Advocacy Center. The work performed by the project is indescribably important for abused children and we all owe the folks who work on it our respect and gratitude for a job incredibly well done.

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