In this season of thanks, we would like to take a moment to reflect on all we are grateful for.

  • There are not words that will truly convey the amount of respect, gratitude and appreciation that we have for the 37 Illinois CACs (staff, MDTs, community supporters, etc).

  • To the CACI Board of Directors, just saying the words "thank you" doesn't feel nearly adequate. Your service, dedication and support are what keeps us strong!

  • We wouldn't be capable of providing services without the financial and educational support of our grant funders: National Childrens Alliance (NCA), Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Illinois Attorney General, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) and Midwest Regional Children's Advocacy Center (MRCAC).

  • And for those of you who chose to give personally, the trust and confidence you have in what we do and who we are, is humbling and we thank you for choosing us!

We wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season!
#GivingTuesday SUCCESS !

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

This year's campaign, which will remain open until the end of the year, has been our most successful to date!

Thanks to YOU, thanks to Erin Merryn and thanks to our Children's Advocacy Center of Illinois (CACI) Board and Staff for making this #GivingTuesday our BIGGEST ONE YET! 
There are 37 CACs in Illinois, serving 98 out of 102 counties.

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The 2018 Annual Advocate Training was held Nov. 15th - 16th in Springfield.

56 advocates were in attendance!

The following topics were covered:

  • Working with Parents of Abused Children Who Were Abused Themselves

  • Working with Parents Who Do Not Believe Their Child

  • A MI Approach to Engage Non-Offending Caregivers in Trauma Informed Services

  • Implementing MI with Community and Other Stakeholders

  • MI and Team Communication to Enhance the Coordinated MDT Response

We are rounding out the year with the upcoming MDT Coordinators Trainings (Dec. 4/5 Effingham & Dec 11/12 Warrensville) and then our final Building Resiliency training of the year will be December 14th in Knox County. 

~ Mike

January 17, 2019 from 9:00-4:30 in West Peoria IL. 

Dr. Channing Petrak M.D. will present on the following topics:

  • Medical Aspects of Child Sexual Abuse
  • Medical Aspects of Neglect and Medical Neglect
  • Medical Aspects of Child Physical Abuse
  • The Drug Endangered Child

Please click the flyer for additional details.
Tentative Site Visit schedule can be found HERE

Budget Modifications:  

"optional” budget modification periods are in January and April with due dates the last day of those months.

Also, we will not accept any modifications after April 30th, 2019

The McHenry County CAC welcomed Apple our newest employee (see below). 
We are just in love!!!!
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400 South Ninth Street, Suite 400
Springfield, Illinois 62701