Saratoga Center for the Family works to strengthen children, families, and our community by reducing the effects of abuse, trauma, and family dysfunction through advocacy, education and mental health therapy.
The agency was incorporated in 1978 as the Saratoga County Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect and was started as a grass roots response to concerns about child abuse and neglect in Saratoga County. In 1993 the Task force changed its name to Saratoga Center for the Family to reflect the centers commitment to serving not only those who have been abused but to build stronger families and empower individuals with a goal of preventing abuse before it starts. Today the Saratoga Center for the Family provides abuse prevention programs, mental health services, victims' advocacy and is home to the Harriet M. West Child Advocacy Center.
Our Mental health counseling program focuses on healing the effects of abuse and violence, but also includes counseling for family dysfunction, depression, anxiety, behavioral programs, anger and emotional issues related to ADHD and other learning challenges.
Our Services are structured around a supportive crises intervention model and strengths based solution focused therapy. Clients are seen in individual, family, and group treatment by skilled and dedicated professionals possessing years of experience and expertise in abuse, trauma, and family dysfunction.
The Child Advocacy Center is a central, child friendly location in which a comprehensive coordinated approach is taken in response to allegations to child abuse.
The center provide a warm, caring environment that places the child's needs first and provide one location to interview, examine and counsel abused children while preparing for prosecution of child abuse cases.
Child Advocacy Center Services:
Prevention programs are designed to strengthen, educate and empower participants on how to keep safe and maintain healthy lifestyles. Programs are delivered through parenting groups, family programs, children's groups and school based prevention programs.