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The Illinois Attorney General’s Office is hosting a free Crime Victim Compensation Program webinar. This training will share information on the updates to the Crime Victims Compensation Act and the administration of the program. Topics to be covered include the new compensation limits, the expanded application window, and changes to applicant eligibility. This webinar, on September 7, 2022, will be the final monthly webinar for 2022.


The registration link is here.  


Kim Mangiaracino

Executive Director

Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois

CACI is beyond excited to be hosting Siotepoh D. Broh, all the way from Liberia, this year!  We all look forward to getting to know Sio and how we can all work together towards our common goals. 


Sio is on “loan” to CACI for 4 months and will be helping the data team with a lot of great projects. Sio will learn and use the Collaborate system, clean and graph data, and help with some big and exciting projects the CACI data team has in the works. 

We are hoping to learn as much from Sio as we hope he learns from CACI, and we invite you all to help make Sio feel warm and welcome during his short stay in this great country of ours.

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED) and the Finance Committee of the CACI Board of Directors, the Finance Director will define the process and implement the infrastructure/systems needed to support substantial growth over the next five to 10 years. The Director of Finance will continue to build and manage effective and streamlined administrative/financial systems. 

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Do you recognize the CACI staff members in the picture above? 


We are doing it again!  Last year CACI showcased CAC staff, MDT members, DCFS staff, Stakeholders, Representatives/Legislators, Board Members, Volunteers, Interns, and CACI staff members spanning the month of September with a fun back-to-school themed Virtual Yearbook!   


During the month of September, we will be sharing supportive resources and tools on our social media platforms as everyone is getting settled back into school.  


We would ❤️ if you would share a school photo of yourself, in any grade (Pre-K through College), and answer one easy question about yourself, to be added to our yearbook! 


Was your CAC represented last year?  Check out the amazing photo yearbook from 2021 here to find out!  Submissions will be accepted through 9/17/22.

Submit Your Photo Here!

Oregon State study examines adult health and behavior of chronic child sexual abuse survivors

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Chronic experiences of childhood sexual abuse are more likely to lead to adverse health and life achievement outcomes in adults than single instances of childhood sexual trauma, a recent Oregon State University study found.

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Beyond the Fight, Flight, or Disclose Response

What is typical survivor behavior in a case of child sexual abuse?


The answer, of course, is that there is no such thing as typical—every individual responds differently. Even so, we are beginning to learn more about the variety of these responses, and what that means for healing and recovering.

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Why Some Children Lie About Sexual Abuse

All allegations of sexual abuse by children must be taken seriously. Data suggest that the overwhelming majority of children's allegations are legitimate and true.

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School Safety | Overview | Office of Justice Programs

Public opinion on school safety is often shaped by high-profile tragedies. For educators, law enforcement personnel, and others working to keep our schools safe, issues such as crime, bullying, and mental health resources are also important components of school safety planning.

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Cara Vock

Director of Programs and Member Services



Check out these two opportunities for learning in September -


  • Medical Aspects of Child Abuse
  • When is Bruising a Concern for Abuse.

Mike Burns

Statewide MDT Coordinator



The 2022 MDT Coordinator Training will be held at The Crowne Plaza in Springfield this year, on November 16th and 17th. Registration and speaker information will be coming soon

Ya'Shika Reed

Training and Prevention Specialist

CACI hosted Leadership Supervision Training Pt. 2 Trauma-Informed Leadership: The Balance of Compassion and Accountability.  This presentation will provide attendees with an overview of the principles of a trauma-informed approach to leading teams and organizations, drawing from literature on effective leadership, implementation science, and trauma-informed care principles.

Kenny Matthews, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

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This month, I read "It's Okay to be the Boss" by Bruce Tulgan. This was a short and quick read, but incredibly insightful. It does a great job of breaking down micromanagement vs. undermanagement and how people aren't all capable of the same things. We must manage responsibly and realistically, but the main point is that we must manage. Worth checking out!

Kathy L Murphy

VOCA Fiscal Grant Monitor

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Upcoming Due Dates:


CESF July Fiscal Expense PFR due Tuesday, September 6, 2022 (the 5th is Labor Day holiday)


FY23 VOCA August Fiscal Expense PFR due Monday, September 12, 2022 (the 10th is on Saturday)




FY22 VOCA Final Figures:


The FY22 Closeout report was submitted to ICJIA in July. There was $126,892.46 left in unspent funds at the end of the FY22 grant Period. 20 CACs were able to spend 100% of their award amounts. Overall, we were able to spend out 97.91% of the award.


Final reimbursement payments for June and Closeout have been distributed.

Michael Morgan

VOCA Program Grant Monitor

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Here are all the due FY23 dates for our VOCA and CESF reports:


September 5, 2022– CESF PFR Expense Report

September 12, 2022– VOCA PFR Expense Report (10th is on Sunday)

October 5, 2022– CESF PFR Expense Report

October 5, 2022– CESF Quarterly Reports

October 11, 2022– VOCA PFR Expense Report

October 11, 2022– VOCA Quarterly Reports

November 7, 2022 – CESF PFR Expense Report (5th is on Saturday)

November 10, 2022 – VOCA PFR Expense Report

November 15-30, 2022 – CESF Budget Modification Accepted

           No CESF Budget Modification will be accepted after November 30th

December 5, 2022 – CESF PFR Expense Report

December 12, 2022 – VOCA PFR Expense Report (10 is on Saturday)

January 5, 2023 – CESF PFR Expense Report

January 5, 2023- CESF Quarterly Reports

January 10, 2023 – VOCA PFR Expense Report

January 10, 2023– VOCA Quarterly Reports

January 14 – 31, 2023 – VOCA Modifications Accepted

February 6, 2023 – CESF PFR Expense Report (5th on Sunday)

February 6, 2023– CESF Closeout PFR Expenses & Property Inventory Report-Due Date TBD

February 10, 2023 – VOCA PFR Expense Report

March 10, 2023 – VOCA PFR Expense Report

April 10, 2023 – VOCA PFR Expense Report

April 10, 2023- VOCA Quarterly Reports

April 15, 2023 – VOCA Modifications Accepted

April 29, 2023 – Last day modifications can be submitted for VOCA grants. (Modifications cannot be submitted within 60 days of grant period ending)

May 10, 2023 – VOCA PFR Expense Report

June 12, 2023 – VOCA PFR Expense Report (10th is on Saturday)

July 10, 2023 – VOCA PFR Expense Report (June expenses) (10th on Saturday)

July 10, 2023- VOCA Quarterly Reports

July 10, 2023 – VOCA Closeout PFR Expense & Property Inventory Reports – Due Date TBD

July 10, 2023 – VOCA Final Progress Report

Spring 2023 – Fiscal Year 2024 Competitive Grant Applications Due – Due Date TBD

Hanane Bousfoul

Data and Communications Specialist




The visual below shows the impact Illinois CACs have made in Fy22.

The Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois (CACI), a 501(c)(3) agency, is a statewide membership organization dedicated to helping communities, through local child advocacy centers (42 CACs in Illinois, serving all 102 counties), respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient – and put the needs of child victims first.

DONATE TO CACI

Call the 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at 800-25-ABUSE

(800-252-2873) if you suspect that a child has been harmed or is at risk of being harmed by abuse or neglect. If you believe a child is in immediate danger of harm, call 911 first.

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