The Children’s Advocacy Center is based upon the fundamental premise that children have the right to be safe and protected from harm. The CAC is dedicated to minimizing secondary trauma to child victims by streamlining the handling of cases of child sexual abuse, serious child physical abuse, and child exploitation. Through the CAC, children and families are linked to medical, mental health, victim advocacy and other services determined on a case-by-case basis.
Dr. Jeffrey Trant is Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Franklin County and North Quabbin (CACFNQ). Prior to joining the CACFNQ in January 2023, Dr. Trant was Director of the Office of Safe Environment and Victim Assistance for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield; Program Surveyor at the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International; and has also held clinical and leadership positions in public and private human service organizations throughout Massachusetts. Dr. Trant received a BS degree cum laude in Social Work from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, an MSW from Boston College, and a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University at Albany, State University of New York. A Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner, Dr. Trant also received a Post-Graduate Clinical Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling from Utah State University and a Post-Graduate Clinical Certificate in Multi-Contextual and Relational Treatment of Trauma from Simmons University.
Abby Bliss is the case manager at the Children’s Advocacy Center and is responsible for meeting with families when a report of sexual or severe physical violence has been made or disclosed. While children are meeting with a forensically trained interviewer to talk about what happened to them, she meets with caregivers to help talk them through what the next hours, days, weeks, and months could look like. She offers immediate support, information, psychoeducational materials, and referrals for both children and their families so they can begin to process what happened and begin the path toward healing.
Beth Agostino-Evans MSW, LICSW, CPC Clinician provides mental health services address the immediate and long-term effects of child abuse-related trauma to the child as well as the stress a family may experience in many areas of their life following a child’s disclosure of abuse. Beth will speak about her use of therapeutic modalities, such as: Play Therapy; Art Therapy; Talk Therapy; CBT; EFT; IFS
Erin Koshinsky is a Family Nurse Practitioner working for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as a Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. She has worked as a Nurse Practitioner for the past 9 years, working in both family practice and urgent care settings. To work in her current position she has completed a 9 month curriculum and training program specialized in pediatric sexual assault, and holds a certification in this specialty.
Kelly Broadway is the CSEC Coordinator & Community Educator provides support & advocacy for children & teens in Franklin Co, & North Quabbin who have been victims of sexual exploitation & sex trafficking. Training: Introduction to Commercial Sexual Abuse of Children (CSEC) includes information about the various forms of CSEC, the indicators & risk factors, local trends, and how to support youth who are at risk of being trafficked.
Lynn Blanchard MS, MHC, Child and Family Outreach Clinician provides support & advocacy to children and teens in Franklin Co, and North Quabbin who have witnessed overdose. She is a trauma trained clinician with experience working with children and adults who have survived childhood trauma, assisting parents in understanding how past trauma impacts them and their children.