A partnership between physicians and police in western Massachusetts to help child abuse victims has earned national accreditation.
The Family Advocacy Center of Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield is part of a national network of 775 child trauma centers accredited by the National Children’s Alliance. Dr. Stephen Boos, the co-medical director said the center helps children impacted by physical and sexual abuse, and exposed to violence at home, in school and on the streets.
The center works with the Special Victim’s Unit of the Hampden District Attorney’s office and 15 police departments in the greater Springfield area. It recently received a $1.6 million federal grant.