"July is a blind date with summer."
To give kids power over their own future. this July, you amplified the voices of children and won us a vote for sustainable victim services funds in the Senate.

The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) provides funding for victim services out of the Crime Victims Fund, and it has become an important source of support for CACs across the country. The money in the fund is all non tax dollars--it comes from fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders.

Unfortunately, deposits into the fund have been declining as the Department of Justice increasingly relies on non-prosecution and deferred-prosecution agreements. This puts CAC funding for services to kids in crisis.


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This is our first time entering the Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade on August 12th and would be grateful for your support.
Simone Biles Withdraws from Olympic Individual...

Simone Biles will be evaluated daily to determine her participation in the rest of her scheduled events Simone Biles will also not participate in the women's gymnastics individual all-around this week, U.S.A. Gymnastics announced in a statement...

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Mena Suvari bravely opens up about taking meth to cope...

Actress Mena Suvari, best known for her roles in American Beauty and American Horror Story , has bravely spoken out about the childhood sexual abuse she survived, and how she turned to drugs, including meth, to cope with the emotional fallout.

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Illinois Has a Program to Compensate Victims of Violent...

A few days after the Fourth of July in 2018, Zay Manning was shot outside his neighborhood corner store in Bronzeville, the one he grew up going to for a bottle of lemonade and a bag of hot fries.

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2023 CAC Accreditation Standards Introduction – CAC Leaders

Thurs., August 19, 2021 • 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT

This webinar for CAC leaders will introduce the 2023 NCA Standards of Accreditation for CACs, highlighting changes from the current Standards.
NCA Interactive National Map: 2021 Coverage by County

As of June 2021, NCA Member Children’s Advocacy Centers served 2,224 counties through signed interagency agreements/MOUs. This means 70.8% of counties in the U.S. have formal access to an NCA Member CAC.

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EduNet is a series of free expert lectures on a variety of MDT topics, selected to help you grow professionally and archived so you can access them whenever your schedule allows.

Currently, they have four webinars specifically for medical providers:

We have officially kicked off our small but mighty reading group and are really enjoying it so far! If you haven't read it already, I would highly recommend picking up Joan Garry's Guide to Nonprofit Leadership.

In other news, we are officially in FY22. Crazy time of the year, I know, but I just wanted to lay out a few reminders regarding data:

  • We have officially hired our new Data & Communication Specialist! Her name is Hanane but more on this later.

  • Collaborate Users: Please have your data uploaded into Collaborate by the 15th of each month. 

  • DCFS Data Submitters: Please email your forms to Hanane and myself by the 15th of each month. This is even more important for those not on Collaborate.

I will also be sending this out in an email chain, including our new Data & Communication Specialist. We are working towards revamping and restarting the Collaborate Forum, as well as tweaking the functionality of the Collaborate reports. If you're not on Collaborate already, we would love to get you on board! That is something Hanane and I will be working on in the very near future. 

Kenny Matthews, Chief Financial Officer
The Office of Justice Programs' Office for Victims of Crime in partnership with the National Children's Alliance has released Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials, a new online resource to help children and youth in the justice system who are victims of or witnesses to a crime. These materials will be useful for victim advocates, therapists, and support personnel preparing kids for court.

Check out the materials that are designed for children of all ages as they navigate the criminal justice process: Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials.
Cara Vock, Director of Programs
Would You Rather:
Be The Best Player On A Team That Loses Often
Be The Worst Player On A Team That Always Wins

Here is a link to ICJIA's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtZMzk8D3P4OixYTwsfPeKA

This is where you will find past trainings as well as the Technical Assistance Training from the 2021 VOCA Conference once uploaded.

Michael Morgan, VOCA Program Grant Monitor
The Huawei Ban

Have you read the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) sections 2CFR 200.216 – Prohibition on certain telecommunications and video surveillance services or equipment and 2CFR 200.471 Telecommunication costs and video surveillance costs? Did they leave you with questions on what companies were banned? I recently attended an NGMA webinar on the Huawei Ban presented by Mara Ash, CEO of BFS Strategic Partners. She shared her Decoded Handout outlining the companies under the ban. We will be sending the handout to our subgrantees by email. I hope you will find it helpful.
Fiscal Report Deadlines

  • CESF PFR: Thursday, August 5, 2021

  • VOCA PFR: Monday, August 16, 2021

Kathy Murphy, VOCA Fiscal Grant Monitor
Children's Advocacy Center of East Central Illinois Long Time Director, Pam Riddle, Retires

Welcome Robyn Carr, Executive Director
At the end of June, Pam Riddle retired from 17 years of service to the Children's Advocacy Center of East Central Illinois.

Transitioning from a career as a high school educator, Pam inherited partially burned documents and ashes from an office fire as she began her work at the CAC. Pam cultivated a program that serves ten counties with three locations and a team of five. Her reasonable approach to the everyday challenges has enabled sustainable growth in services to the children and families that encounter the CAC and its services each year. Pam has always kept her focus on the direct service aspect of the work of children's advocacy centers, maintaining an active role in forensic interviewing and advocacy work to the very end (even at the expense of likely court invitations during her retirement!). Pam's passion isn't limited to her work at the CAC, she has an appreciation for and talent in creating art, a love for nature- especially the wildlife found around her lake home, and animal welfare- seen most easily through her many rescued dogs just to name a few. While her physical presence will be gone from daily work at the Center, her handprint will be visible on the program forever. Thank you to Pam Riddle for your dedicated and selfless service to the Children's Advocacy Center of East Central Illinois. Enjoy your retirement and reconnecting with you other passions and discovering new ones!
Robyn joined the CAC of East Central Illinois nearly six and a half years ago after a career in higher education.

Robyn has previously served the center as a family advocate and forensic interviewer. Originally hailing from Michigan, Robyn has lived in Central IL since 2004. When she isn't busy at the CAC she can be found hanging out with her two kids exploring a trail or a Minecraft world. She is honored to assume the role of executive director and looks forward to continuing to support children and families in her new role.
Rock Island County Children's Advocacy Center reports...

Child abuse cases have jumped from last year and tripled from 2018, according to the Rock Island County Children's Advocacy Center. In a presentation to county board members on Tuesday, Marcy O'Brien, executive director of the Rock Island County...

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🎉 Happy 7th Birthday Joch, McLean County CAC Facility Dog!

Joch joined the CAC team in July, 2016 (when he was 2 years old). Joch is a fully trained service dog. He has worked at the McLean County Children’s Advocacy Center, providing emotional support to the children and teens that the CAC serves. Joch has many duties here at the CAC, such as meeting with kids the day of their interview and providing emotional support during therapy sessions. Joch also attends trials and provides emotional support to kids, should they have to testify in court.
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