Welcome From Our New Director

Executive Director’s Letter to the Community

February 1, 2023

Dear Friends of the Children’s Advocacy Center,

It is an honor and a privilege to join the Children’s Advocacy Center of Franklin County and North Quabbin (CACFNQ) as its next Executive Director. I am grateful to the Board of Directors for their steadfast leadership, staff, partners, volunteers, and community members who have shaped the CACFNQ over the past eight years as an essential organization serving children and families throughout Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region. I am especially grateful to Irene Woods, our founding Executive Director, whose visionary leadership built the CACFNQ into the organization that it is today.

Children’s Advocacy Centers play a critical role in minimizing secondary trauma to child victims by streamlining the handling of cases of child sexual abuse, serious child physical abuse, and child exploitation. Tragically, child sexual abuse is a widespread problem and there is a need for the CACFNQ in our community. Through my work in the field of child protection and behavioral healthcare over the past two decades, I have witnessed the profound impact Children’s Advocacy Centers have on keeping kids safe, building hope, accompanying children as they begin healing from trauma, and pursuing justice through a coordinated multi-disciplinary investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases. I am dedicated to building on the solid foundation that has been forged and extending the reach of the CACFNQ to further deliver trauma-informed and trauma-responsive therapeutic services for children and families throughout the region.

Today, on this my first day as Executive Director, I am truly honored to join the CACFNQ’s skilled and talented staff, committed members of the Board of Directors, volunteers, and community partners as we work together towards our goal of preventing and ending child abuse in our community. I am especially thankful for the generosity and enduring support of the Franklin County and North Quabbin community that has enabled the CACFNQ to do this critical work.

In the coming weeks and months, I look forward to meeting, dialoguing, and learning from you as we continue our work together.

With gratitude,

Jeffrey J. Trant, Ph.D., L.I.C.S.W.

Executive Director