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Congratulations and thanks go out to Marla Reynolds, Executive Director of the Mercer County Family Crisis Center CAC!  Marla is retiring after 30 years of serving kids and families in Mercer County. If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her, you’ve missed out. She’s a kind, compassionate, hilarious, and beautiful human being. Marla’s passion for her work can best be shown through her ongoing commitment to and success with the Champions4Children Walk in Mercer County that annually raises both awareness and funds for the CAC, love those Chucks Marla! 

I will miss Marla’s welcoming smile and joking around with her, but this is a well-deserved retirement for sure!  

Wishing Marla all the best, 


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Marla Reynolds


Fort Jesse Cafe made our hearts smile by choosing CACI as their Community Tuesday recipient for February 15th!

Stop by if you are in the finest, freshest breakfast joint in Normal, Illinois - 1531 Fort Jesse Road, Normal Illinois, and tell them thanks!

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Registration for in-person attendance has closed!

This 2-day, four separate track, hybrid experience, brings you nationally renowned experts in the field of child abuse, and is purposefully planned for multidisciplinary members and their specific discipline.  

With both in-person & virtual experiences offered, we look forward to bringing you an excellent CofC22!!

Click HERE for CofC22 Information

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While we may or may not have suffered the effects of the virus directly, its residual impacts on all of us are real. In her research, Eskreis-Winkler seeks to understand resilience.

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Five Things About Substance Use Interventions

Substance use disorders, which include substance dependence and abuse, have a tremendous impact on individuals, families & communities. The five statements below are based on practices rated by Crime Solutions.[1] Medication-assisted treatments for opioid dependence are designed to help patients with opioid addictions alleviate withdrawal symptoms, reduce

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NFL player escorts middle schooler to daddy-daughter dance

Philadelphia Eagles safety Anthony Harris took Austin middle schooler Audrey Soape, 11, to a daddy-daughter dance after her father died a year ago Soape's mother Holly contacted the player and told him her daughter lost both her father and grandfather in the past year Harris accepted the invitation and even

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A Corpus Christi mother is giving thanks to area Starbucks employees for keeping an extra close eye on her daughter and making sure she was safe during an unexpected confrontation. Her 18-year-old daughter visited Starbucks alone..

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Big Data's Role in Eliminating Bias

In 2018, in San Diego released a joint policy brief titled And in fact, some studies are beginning to do just that. For example, the Administration for Children and Families' Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation and the Children's Bureau recently released a series of studies...

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The Consent Convo

This conversation is the perfect next step for the body boundary conversations you've been having with your kids since they were young. By having this important conversation, you are giving your pre-teens and teens the skills and tools to understand what consent is, how to ask for it, and how to give or decline to give it.

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To understand what a Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) is, you must understand what children face without one. Without a CAC, the child may end up having to tell the worst story of his or her life over and over again, to doctors, law enforcement, lawyers, therapists, investigators, judges, and others. They may have to talk about that traumatic experience in a police station where they think they might be in trouble, or may be asked the wrong questions by a well-meaning teacher or other adult that could hurt the case against the abuser.

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Kenny Matthews

Chief Financial Officer


Book Recommendation: I recently finished "Trust Me I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator" by Ryan Holiday and I can't recommend it enough. Reader beware: it will make you mad. It sheds a light on a lot of things we already know or suspect. 

Kathy L Murphy

VOCA Fiscal Grant Monitor

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Upcoming Due Dates:

CESF February Fiscal Expense PFR due Monday, March 7, 2022 (5th is on Saturday)

February Fiscal Expense PFR due Thurs., March 10, 2022 

Michael Morgan

VOCA Program Grant Monitor

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We are working on finalizing the Fiscal Year 2022 VOCA Site Visit Schedule.

This year we are doing some in person and virtual site visits. Looking forward to seeing you all this year.

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