If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” 
– Anne Bradstreet
"To Catch a Predator" & "Have a Seat with Chris Hansen" host, asks YOU to support CACI!
P.S. So Do We 💙
The "RockStar RoundUp" is aimed at helping us reach our $10,000 goal that will help support CACI's long-term financial health and well-being. YOU can change the future of tomorrow's rockstars by rounding up your purchases each month, giving monthly or even a one-time gift!

What's unique about this program is it offers our donors an option that they have not had before, Round-Up!

A "Round-Up" is the term we use to describe the spare change captured from automatically rounding up your transactions to the next dollar. Example: if you bought a coffee for $2.40 on your connected credit/debit card(s), we'd "Round-Up" the purchase to the next dollar amount ($3) and the change ($0.60) would be counted as Round-Up change. Your spare change is then accumulated over the month and then donated to CACI either when you reach your chosen "Monthly Donation Cap" or at the very end of the month.

Of course, you are always welcome to donate monthly or with a one-time gift! And, you can do that here as well!
After a sexual assault, where can you get a medical and...

Exams are free for patients reporting any kind of sexual assault and any licensed medical provider can perform one, but doing one well requires training that goes beyond the scope of standard nursing and medical school, advocates and survivors say.

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Online child sex abuse spiked by 31% in 2020, with at...

There was a sharp increase in child sexual abuse imagery online in 2020, data shows. Facebook said it detected 13 million images from July to September alone. Coronavirus lockdowns and livestreamed abuse fueled the increase, an expert told...

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CACI Celebrates a New Position
and a New Employee
We are excited to welcome Ya'Shika Reed to toCACI! 
"I’m Ya’Shika, my hair is orange but no, it’s not my favorite color, yellow is. My birthday is on Christmas and trust me it’s not as fancy as it sounds. My favorite tv show is the Big Bang Theory, I love pastries, and I have a phobia of sand, don’t be judgy people! lol I have big personality. I come from a very small and close knit family. I am a four year CASA advocate and I am absolutely passionate about the work I put into my volunteer services. I love working with children and families.
CACI Launches New Database
We have recently started using Coalition Manager. This is where you will update your contact details for our directory, register for trainings, track training attendance and certificates, and access CACI member resources. 

If you are an Illinois CAC employee, your Director has, or will soon, add you to the system. Once this is done, you will receive an email to login and change your password.

If you are a MDT member, CACI/CAC Board Member, or other collaborative partner, you will register yourself HERE and a CACI staff member will approve your entry.

NOTE: Beginning January 1, 2021, this will be the only option available to register for trainings, pay dues, and/or retrieve past certificates of attendance.  

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Coalition Manager, please email michelle@cacionline.org
February 10, 2021 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
ChildFirst is an intensive five-day course in which students learn the necessary skills to conduct a forensic interview of an alleged child abuse victim.
ChildFirst is designed for investigative teams of law enforcement officers, social workers, prosecutors, and forensic interviewers.

  • ChildFirst is an intensive five-day course in which students learn the necessary skills to conduct a forensic interview of an alleged child abuse victim.  
  • ChildFirst is designed for investigative teams of law enforcement officers, social workers, prosecutors, and forensic interviewers. Students receive training on the ChildFirst Forensic Interview Protocol, memory, and suggestibility, child development, testifying in court, legal issues and preparing children for court.
  • ChildFirst is rigorous and interactive. Each participant completes homework assignments, a critiqued mock forensic interview, and a written examination. Successful participants will receive a certificate of completion. 
  • ChildFirst is an ideal course for investigators and prosecutors seeking to enhance their ability to speak to and for abused children. 

ChildFirst Illinois will send you a mandatory reading assignment prior to the training sessions. Homework is assigned in the evening to supplement each training session. Each student will be given a written examination at the end of the course. Students who fail to attend all the workshops, to complete homework, or to pass the exam will not receive the certificate of completion.
1. All applicants MUST be endorsed by the Children's Advocacy Center in the applicant's service area.
2. All participants MUST attend all days of their training in order to receive a certificate of completion.
3. If someone is unable to make this commitment, he or she should not apply.
4. All participants MUST keep their camera on at all times. If a camera is not available, he or she should not apply. 
5. Registration deadline is March 5, 2021.
6. Participants will be notified by March 12 if they are accepted or not. 
7. Registration is limited to 30 participants per session.
8. Acceptance will be based equally on the following factors; the order in which the application was received by our office, coordination with the sponsoring CAC, and applicants who will be in the primary role of forensic interviewer.
Narrative Practice: Creating Space for the Details
CACI provided the digital training Narrative Practice: Creating Space for the Details January 11-13, 2021.  Research supports that narrative practice in the forensic interview increases a child’s narrative competence as well as the details provided in the substantive portion of the interview. This free training offered previously trained interviewers the opportunity to strengthen their skills for kids across IL.
DCEO teams and partner organizations will host or sponsor more than 100 webinars held from now until late February.

You will find webinars that will cover technical assistance questions related to the PPP application, informational resources for businesses seeking assistance on EIDL, and upcoming EIDL Advance loan and SVO grant programs. 
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The Vermilion County Children's Advocacy Center is hiring a Child & Family Advocate.

For more information and to apply, click below.
Will County CAC Welcomes MSW Intern Traci Gunther
After graduating from Lincoln-Way High School, Traci earned an Associate degree from Joliet Junior College & a Bachelor’s degree in HR & Organizational Leadership from Rasmussen College. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at Aurora University, and her long-term goal is to obtain LCSW standing, & work with a trauma-focused population. Since 2017, Traci has been employed as an HR Specialist with Westside Children's Therapy, & she volunteers at a local therapeutic horse barn.
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