PITTSFIELD — Northern Berkshire families soon will have a new local resource to help reduce and prevent child abuse.
Margie Gilberti, the state Department of Children and Families' area director, said the department will soon be opening a satellite office in North Adams for new case management teams.
"Berkshire County has the third highest case load in the state," she said during Wednesday's annual Berkshire County Unity Breakfast to recognize local work being done on behalf of child abuse victims.
Gilberti came to this region three years ago, and said she saw the need for an additional office, after constant referrals were being made and case workers, investigators and specialists were routinely being dispatched to Northern Berkshire communities.
Though she said she requested a satellite office year after year, it wasn't until the past December that the request was accepted.
Gilberti said four child abuse and neglect units comprised of some 20 workers will be assigned to service the new office full time.
"We need a greater presence to work much closer with families there," she said.
The DCF branch will be located within the current North Adams office space of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services at 37 Main St.
An exact opening date for this office has yet to be determined.
Where to find help ...
Pittsfield Area DCF Office
53 Eagle St., 2nd floor, Pittsfield
413-236-1800 or www.mass.gov/dcf
Berkshire County Kids' Place & Violence Prevention Center, Inc.
63 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield
413-499-2800 or www.kidsplaceonline.org
Berkshire County Sexual Assault Intervention Network (SAIN) Team
Berkshire District Attorney's Office
7 North St., Pittsfield
413-443-5951 or http://www.mass.gov/berkshireda
Child Protection Hotline