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