About Us

The Greater Hartford Children’s Advocacy Center at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is a safe place where children who are suspected victims of sexual abuse can get the support and treatment they need.
Frequently, a child victim of sexual abuse may by traumatized twice: first by the abuse, and again by a disjointed investigation process that might require a child to repeat the story up to a dozen times before a case can be pursued.  
The Greater Hartford Children’s Advocacy Center aims to minimize the trauma with a streamlined, multi-disciplinary approach that combines the forensic interview, medical examination, evidence collection and follow-up planning in a single, non-threatening visit.  Read Cheri’s story, a before and after case study… 

Founded in 1995 with a grant from the Aetna Foundation, the Greater Hartford Children’s Advocacy Center provides multiple services for the evaluation, treatment and prevention of child abuse. The center works in collaboration with Connecticut Children's Medical Center, the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, law enforcement agencies, sexual assault crisis services, child and family service agencies, local schools, and health professionals in 39 towns.

The goals of the center are to:

  • Minimize additional trauma to child victims
  • Promote case coordination among professionals and agencies
  • Increase community understanding and prevention of child abuse
  • Provide direct services to promote child and family recovery from past abuse

All services are free of charge.