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. The partnership with ICJIA is relatively new for CACI, although some of the CACs have had grants issued by ICJIA in prior years. CACI has issued this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) in order to distribute grant funds for State Fiscal Year 2020. These funds are to be used to provide services to child victims and non-offending caregivers throughout Illinois. Through grants to CACs, CACI seeks to ensure that all victims of child sexual and physical abuse throughout the state have full access of quality CAC services not only deemed necessary for accreditation but also for community-based needs.
Established in 1995, the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois (CACI) is an accredited chapter of the National Children’s Alliance. The CACI is the network that coordinates and provides a comprehensive response to child abuse in Illinois. As the leading resource on child abuse issues, CACI stays abreast of the latest research in child abuse, as well as the most child-friendly approaches in investigation and treatment of child abuse. Our mission is to begin the healing process for abused children by supporting the Children’s Advocacy Centers throughout Illinois in partnership with local communities and agencies investigating and prosecuting child abuse.
MISSION: The Children's Advocacy Centers of Illinois, a chapter of the National Children's Alliance, supports and promotes Children's Advocacy Centers through leadership, education and collaboration.
VISION: In Illinois, our vision is simple: to ensure every child in the state of Illinois has access to the services offered through a CAC. While we cannot stop abuse, we can make a significant impact through prevention education and multidisciplinary services provided to the children who have suffered the horrors of abuse.
At CACI, we believe children begin to heal the moment they are heard. In Illinois, when there is an allegation of child sexual abuse or severe physical abuse, children are referred to a local CAC. There, an interview is conducted in a child-friendly environment by a trained professional who knows the right questions to ask in a way that does not retraumatize the child. Members of the multidisciplinary team (medical and mental professionals, law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services and more) observe. Following the interview, the child, as well as family members, receive advocacy, medical and mental health referrals to help with the healing process.
To report suspected abuse in Illinois, call 1-800-25-ABUSE (1-800-252-2873). If a child is in immediate danger, also call 911. Outside of Illinois, call 1-800-422-4453
Children's Advocacy Centers of Illinois 400 S. 9th St., Suite 203 • Springfield, IL 62701 • 217.528.2224