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There's so much to say, but finding the right words seems so difficult. Our hearts are broken for the families and community who have experienced this unfathomable loss and will never be the same and for the children whose lives were cut so tragically short. We're all searching for what to do next. Right now, let's give extra hugs and I love you's and never forget the faces of those beautiful souls, they deserve to be remembered.

Kim Mangiaracino - CACI Executive Director


Child maltreatment is a specialized field that requires a high level of ongoing training.

CACI coordinates training opportunities for professionals in the field.

Download the 2022 training calendar is shared here.  

Please note: In order to access training or resources provided by CACI, you will need to have a login to Coalition Manager.  If you are a staff member, board member, or volunteer of a local Child Advocacy Center, contact your organization’s administrator or Executive Director for assistance in becoming a member under their membership profile.


May 3, 2022 - CACI Executive Director Kim Mangiaracino, and Statewide MDT Coordinator Mike Burns traveled to Carmi to meet & train with the staff and multi-disciplinary team (MDT) at The Guardian Center Children's Advocacy Center (CAC).

This training’s focus is to strengthen the skills of the MDT Coordinators and those who may fill that role at their CAC.  CACI's goal is to provide high quality discipline specific training and serve as a resource and as support to our CACs and MDTS.

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Connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message. Text NAMI to 741-741.


The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a United States-based suicide prevention network of over 160 crisis centers that provides 24/7 service via a toll-free hotline with the number 1-800-273-8255.

How parents can help children who may be struggling with mental health: "Kids will always surprise you"

With 1 in 5 children and adolescents coping with a diagnosable mental health or learning disorder, the Child Mind Institute launched Monday its "Dare to Share" campaign, to encourage kids to talk about the issue of mental health.

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The CAC movement's premier annual event is just two weeks away! Register now to attend virtually or in person with us here in D.C.

Our 2022 Leadership Conference kicks off in less than two weeks. For many of us, it will be the first time we've connected with our colleagues from around the country in years.

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With the baby formula shortage, what should I do if I can't find any?

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there have been significant shortages of infant formulas in stores. Current shortages have been largely caused by supply chain issues and the recent recall of several baby formula products over concerns about contamination.

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Children's Mental Health Plan - Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership

ICMHP is charged with developing and monitoring a plan to build comprehensive and coordinated mental health services, programs, and supports for Illinois children and their families. The Partnership created its initial plan in 2005, with a brief update to the strategic priorities in 2012.

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Our efforts at the Children's Advocacy Centers of Illinois (CACI) would not be possible without your financial support. 

Please consider making a donation today to CACI by visiting our donation page to make your contribution. In advance, thank you!


The Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois (CACI), a 501(c)(3) agency, is a statewide membership organization dedicated to helping communities, through local child advocacy centers (42 CACs in Illinois, serving all 102 counties), respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient – and put the needs of child victims first.

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May 10, 2022 -  Kathy Murphy -CACI VOCA Fiscal Grant Monitor (pictured), and Michael Morgan - CACI VOCA Program Grant Monitor, spent the afternoon having a site visit at the Franklin-Williamson Child Advocacy Center!

The Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois (CACI) is the Lead Entity charged by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) with the administration of VOCA funds for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) victims’ services in Illinois.

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Friday, June 3 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

KCC's Iroquois Room AND Live Webinar

$15, includes contact hours.

Register Here
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In this day-long seminar, you will learn practical tools to help male sexual abuse survivors. You will leave this workshop empowered to aid men in experiencing a full range of healthy emotions.

Greg Holtmeyer will share his powerful healing testimony that offers hope and support for those who are on their healing journey from sexual and physical abuse, empowering countless male survivors of sexual crimes in need of understanding. Moreover, his message is critical for professionals in the of field of male trauma.

Greg's trainings assist service providers to better understand and support the needs of male sexual abuse survivors. As a leader he is breaking social norms of masculinity stereotypes and inspiring a new kind of view pertaining to masculinity.

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Kenny Matthews

Chief Financial Officer


This month, I thought I'd change it up and recommend something completely different. With all the craziness going on, it can be refreshing to take a step back and contemplate the big picture. It is a bit of a challenging read, but I think "The Elegant Universe" by Brian Greene is well worth the effort.

Kathy L Murphy

VOCA Fiscal Grant Monitor

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Upcoming Due Dates:

CESF May Fiscal Expense PFR due Monday, June 6, 2022 (5th is on Friday)

VOCA May Fiscal Expense PFR due Friday, June 10, 2022

Michael Morgan

VOCA Program Grant Monitor

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We have to reschedule some of the recent site visits. We will be reaching out to those centers about make up dates. 

Call the 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at 800-25-ABUSE

(800-252-2873) if you suspect that a child has been harmed or is at risk of being harmed by abuse or neglect. If you believe a child is in immediate danger of harm, call 911 first.

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