CACI Welcomes Two New Board Members!
Please join us in welcoming our newest Board Members! We are excited at the expertise and energy that Mary Beth Long and Elizabeth (Beth) Johnstone and will bring to CACI! We very much look forward to the insights and new ideas they will provide.
Mary Beth Long

"I am really excited about joining the CACI Board family. For the majority of my 28 year nursing career, I have had the privilege to work with our most vulnerable families- prenatal moms and infants and toddlers birth to 5 through home visiting programs. I have a passion to serve this high risk population through relationships. The last 5 years I have really been involved in trauma informed practice and am so excited to learn more from all of you."  
Elizabeth M. Johnstone

"May I say that being a part of this organization will be an honor and a privilege. Now, if I can give something of value and help to this cause we can help the kids who have been victims. I’m here for the cause."

At the most recent CACI board meeting, the importance of bringing on additional board members was discussed. If you are interested or there is someone that you feel would be interested in serving on our statewide CACI board, please download the CACI Board Member Recommendation Form and return to Kim Mangiaracino
New protections for sexual assault victims signed into law
Victims of sexual assault now have new protections when reporting the crime to police or receiving treatment at a hospital, due to legislation sponsored by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and signed into law by Governor Pritzker.
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Victims of sexual assault now have new protections when reporting the crime to police or receiving treatment at a hospital, due to legislation sponsored by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and signed into law by Governor Pritzker.
CACI Staff Geared Up
For FY20
June 19-21st the CACI staff took some time together to reflect on all the accomplishments we've had this past year while looking forward to the future!

We had the pleasure of having Cathy Crabtree, a former CAC and Chapter Director and the former Director of Chapter Development for NCA, facilitate one day of our time together.

Cathy, who has worked with hundreds of CACs and MDTs over the course of the past 25 year, is pictured here 5th from the left along with (left to right) Michelle Hammitt, Kim Mangiaracino, Barbara Karr, Cara Vock, Mike Burns and Jean Garner.
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51 attendees, who work with 25 different Children’s Advocacy Centers in Illinois, were in attendance for the inaugural training of Narrative Practice: Creating Space for the Details on June 25 th  and June 26th. This forensic interview specific training combined lecture and group practice to enhance interviewers’ skills.

This two-day training in Edwardsville, IL reviewed key aspects of the forensic interview including child development, language and memory development, the impact of trauma and the practical applications of approaches to enhancing rapport with youth to enhance the skills of interviewers.

Presenters Lynn Aladeen and Ali Alstott combined research and real life examples to provide practical knowledge for participants to take back to their CACs for enhanced interviews. I am planning to prepare this training next year in another region of IL after the fantastic feedback from participants. 
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Each year the Illinois CAC Directors come together to network and learn important skills related to the Organization and Management of Child Advocacy Centers.  

Directors please be sure to mark September 11-13 on your calendar and register because we are very much looking forward to seeing you!

Registration closes August 19th!
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 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.  

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS IS AN INTENSIVE COURSE . 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.
This training is geared for CAC directors or their designee who will be preparing for NCA Accreditation. Any CAC director can attend to gain knowledge of the accreditation process. Training will be provided by experienced site reviewers who are or were Chapter Leaders. Materials have been developed collaboratively and both sites will received the same materials. Participants are welcome to attend whichever location/date is most convenient. Billie Larkin teaching Upstate, Jan Lutz will be attending Downstate 
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