"Then followed that beautiful season... Summer.... Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
From Our Executive Director
The biggest thank you to Jo Poshard for serving on the Children's Advocacy Centers of Illinois board since 2011!

Jo has been a consistent, kind, and supportive board member through many changes over the years. As a board member, Jo always provided a strong voice for the Southern Region, making sure that the needs of children in deep southern Illinois were heard on a statewide level. Personally, Jo is truly one of the kindest people I have met. She is a gentle, but fierce advocate for children. I have appreciated her leadership and friendship and look forward to continuing to collaborate in the future.


Kim Mangiaracino, Executive Director
Come Join Our Team!  
The Data & Communication Specialist will serve as the Chapter’s primary data collection, filtering, and compilation expert. They will serve as the point-of-contact for all Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) in Illinois for all things data-related. The ability to interpret the data and tell a story will be vital. A flexible self-starter will grow with this position and design their duties as we expand our data footprint throughout the state.
Thank you to Senator Dick Durbin for his efforts in passing the VOCA Fix
Durbin Attempts To Pass Bipartisan & Bicameral...

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today on the Senate floor requested unanimous consent to pass the bipartisan VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act, which would...

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What I'm Reading This Month

As I grow into my new role here in the non-profit sector, I figured it would be a good idea to turn to the experts and do some good, old-fashioned reading. Each month, I will include what I'm reading and welcome you all to join me. Please feel free to email me at kenneth@cacionline.org if you do want to join me or if you have recommendations of your own!

If you've already read this, or want to read along, let me know!

Kenny Matthews, Chief Financial Officer
Camila Cabello sits down to talk with Dr. Nadine Burke Harris about ACEs.
A discussion about navigating adversity and giving ourselves grace.

Watch for a fascinating conversation between California Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and Grammy-nominated singer & songwriter and mental health advocate, Camila Cabello as they discuss the importance of understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences and discovering a path toward healing.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is developing a plan to strengthen the Illinois child welfare system. We understand the most important place to begin is with you – the birth parents, foster and adoptive parents, DCFS and private agency partner staff and service providers who serve, protect and care for Illinois youth and families every day.

Your input is invaluable as we develop this plan, and you can help guide us by taking a confidential five question survey about what you believe are the most important issues for DCFS to consider to better support and serve the children and families of Illinois.

To access the survey please click on the link or type it into your web browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/strengthenillinoischildwelfare

Please complete the survey before June 26, 2021. 

You are also invited to participate in a virtual focus group for a more in-depth discussion about the child welfare system in Illinois. To accept this invitation, check the “yes” box in question three of the survey to provide your contact information and receive more information.

Please share the survey link with others you know who have an interest in strengthening the Illinois child welfare system.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey and for sharing your thoughts and ideas with us.
Understanding Fight, Flight, Freeze, and the Feign Response

Responses to danger are physiological reactions traditionally known as fight, flight and freeze (sometimes called collapse) (Cannon, 1932). Trauma specialists define these reactions as neurobiological responses to threat. One widely accepted...

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The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households.

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Financial Crisis: Resilient Organizations

Good morning and welcome back to Monday. I hope this finds everyone well and continuing to stay safe. As the country slowly regains some semblance of normalcy, it's easy-and understandable-to want to put the last 15 months behind us and forget...

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The Trevor Project National Survey 2020

National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health represents the first wide-ranging report from The Trevor Project's cross-sectional national survey of LGBTQ youth across the United States. We hope this report elevates the voices and experiences of...

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CACI staff carved out time this month to participate in a staff retreat. Andy Zimney from Employee Strategies met with the CACI staff to revisit our agency values, analyze our team diagnostic, and set goals for the upcoming year. Andy's assessment of CACI showed that the CACI is a workplace that consists of both high productivity along with high positivity. This time together allowed the CACI staff to have fun, and charge up for a new fiscal year ahead.

Thank you to Midwest Regional Children's Advocacy Center who in part, provided this opportunity to have some much needed staff development time with Andy!

Cara Vock, Director of Programs
Core Concepts for Team Facilitators training is July 29th. For information and to sign up, click HERE

CACI is happy to be back to providing in-person training for Building Resiliency. If your team has yet to have this important training and you would like to get scheduled, fill out a request form HERE

Mike Burns, Statewide MDT Coordinator
INTERVIEWING BEYOND SEXUAL ABUSE tookn place June 15th and CACI would like to Thank Ali and Traci for their awesome presentations and providing great insight to our participant that attended. This training addressed challenges related to reluctance and the variety of ways in which youth who have experienced or witnessed maltreatment present. By covering topics of chronic, physical and psychological abuse, witness to violence and technology-facilitated crimes, trainers will provide participants with information, tools and resources for which to approach these cases. Our participants shared that the training was "empowering" and that the presentation provided great insight to add to their skill sets. 

June 28th, 29th, 30th & July 2nd. This TF-CBT training trains professionals on the evidence-based psychotherapy approach designed to treat traumatic stress in children and adolescents. Participants learn how to administer a trauma-specific assessment, how to implement Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to special populations, and how to engage centers. Participants also learn how to engage the non-offending caregiver in the healing process. Criteria of registration: Participants must meet the following criteria in order to attend the TF-CBT training session:
Register here to see criteria Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Registration is now OPEN Core Concepts for Team Facilitation 
July 29th, 2021 11a-Noon
The program is comprised of five online lessons. 1) Introduction to Team Facilitation on Google Team Model 2) Creating SafeSpace for Your Team 3) Structure and Processes 4) Facilitating Open Dialogue 5) Building Individual and Team Resilience-  Participants are encouraged to complete the course at their own pace and can navigate to topics that are most relevant in the moment.Register here: Concepts for Team Facilitation 

NCA Accreditation Training August 23rd & 24th 10:00-12:00p
This training is geared for any CAC leader who will be preparing or assisting in the preparation for NCA Accreditation. The focus of this training is to gain a deeper knowledge of the accreditation process, accreditation standards, and the site visit.  Training will be provided by experienced site reviewers who are or were Chapter Leaders. Billie Larkin and Jan Lutz will present these materials collaboratively over two consecutive days. 


How to Best Support Kids at Trial September 22-23, 2021 Springfield, IL
This training is for forensic interviewers, attorneys, and therapists to learn how to support the child victim through the court process. Forensic Interviewers will gain a deeper understanding of their vital role in the court process. Attorneys will enhance their knowledge in motions to file in CAC child victim cases, and how to use all members of the team for court. Also, the therapist role in court will be examined, and how to use this vital witness. 

1 Day Refresher Protocol ChildFirst Fall 2021 Oct 5th, 2021 Springfield, IL

Ya'Shika Reed, Training and Prevention Specialist
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!
You're In The Circus, Would You Rather
Be The Person With Their Head Inside The Lion's Mouth
Get Shot Out Of The Cannon
Tightrope Over The Crowd

Topics will include victim-centered and trauma informed services, vicarious trauma, diversity and equity, grant management, and more. LSW/LCSW, LCP/LCPC, and CDVP/CPAIP CEUs available.

Grantees can register up to two staff per VOCA grant. If you have more than one VOCA grant awarded through ICJIA, ICADV, ICASA, or CACI then two employees per grant can attend. Staff do not have to be directly funded by VOCA, but must work for the VOCA funded program.

  • Registration will open on Tuesday, June 29th at 9 am. 
  • Registrants are expected to attend the full 2 days of the conference
  • Registration will close when the conference reaches capacity or on Wednesday, July 7th, whichever comes first. 

Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funds (CESF) Site Visits have started. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Please have both VOCA and CESF Quarterly Reports to me by July 10th. If you are not able to have them to me by then, please reach out and let me know.

Michael Morgan, VOCA Program Grant Monitor

CESF PFR Monthly Report – Due Tuesday, July 6 (extended due to July 4th holiday)
VOCA PFR Monthly Report – Due Monday, July 12 (extended since the 10th falls on Saturday)

Reminder: If you are unable to submit your report on time, please reach out to us and ask for an extension.

We are starting CESF site visits. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone, even if only virtually,
and hearing how these funds have helped your center during the COVID pandemic.

Kathy Murphy, VOCA Fiscal Grant Monitor

The Mercer County Family Crisis Center held their annual Champions4Children Walk!

They had 194 registered walkers, 154 Blue Kids, and total donations of $38,380.80. Not bad for a county with fewer than 16,000 residents! I’m just proud of the fact that our county supports us like this!

Marla K Reynolds,
Executive Director
Pam Dale-Bible (top) and Misty Lattuada (bottom) are both celebrating 20 years at the Franklin-Williamson CAC!

We are so thankful for them and their dedication to the center!

Pam is one of our Child Advocates and Misty is our Intake Coordinator.

Sarah Anderson, MCJ
Executive Director
Woo hoo! We’re SO proud of our Senior Trauma Therapist Lorraine Guerrero Neumayer MSW LCSW and Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois’ Program Director Cara Vock, on their presentation on June 9, 2021 at the National Children's Alliance’s NATIONAL Leadership Conference!!
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