CAC News

A message from the CAC of Suffolk County’s Board of Trustees

Dear Friends of Suffolk CAC,

It is with a mix of sadness and appreciation that the Board of Trustees of the Children's Advocacy Center of Suffolk County (CAC) is sharing the news that Susan Goldfarb will be stepping down as our Executive Director in the Spring of 2023.

Susan has announced that, after more than two decades leading the CAC’s work to ensure safety and healing for children impacted by violence and abuse, she will be leaving her role. During her tenure, Susan has been a driving force behind the CAC’s significant growth and success as an organization. Just a few of her many accomplishments include the expansion of the CAC's mental health and advocacy services, increasing the CAC staff from five to nearly twenty five, leading the creation of the CAC’s groundbreaking Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) child trafficking program, and establishing the Suffolk CAC as a local and national training resource and recognized leader.

Susan’s vision and leadership will be greatly missed by the CAC's staff, board, colleagues, and nonprofit partners alike. We wish her many new adventures in her next chapter, including more time along the coast of Maine.

In the coming months, the CAC Board of Trustees will be conducting a search to identify our next Executive Director. It is our priority to find a dynamic leader with a true passion for the CAC’s mission. The Board of Trustees has engaged Lindauer to lead this effort. As we conduct our search, we welcome your assistance in identifying candidates who can help our CAC continue its success and growth. Please contact Sonya Hairston at and Faith Montgomery at


Elisabeth Schadae Percelay
Chair, Board of Trustees

Please read on below for a message from Susan.

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

After more than 20 incredible years as the Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County, I will be moving on from my role in the Spring of 2023. This is a bittersweet decision, as I care so much about this amazing organization, the children and families we serve, our staff, and all of our partners. Most importantly, I care deeply about the work we do together to ensure that youth impacted by violence and abuse have the support they need to be safe and heal.

It has been my privilege to lead the CAC through an important period of transformation and growth. We have a remarkable staff, incredible partners and a dedicated board of trustees. I could not be more proud of what we have accomplished together and am excited about the CAC’s future. I’ve committed to the Board to help ensure a smooth transition as a new Executive Director joins this wonderful organization.

As we continue to work together in the coming months, I look forward to the opportunity to thank you for your partnership and commitment to the CAC and the children and families that we serve. 

With gratitude,

Susan Goldfarb, MSW, LICSW
Executive Director