About Us

The Children's Advocacy Center

Welcome to the Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County. Before the existence of such centers, victims of abuse often had to relive their story through repeated interviews with caregivers, DCFS investigators, State’s Attorneys, local law enforcement officers and others. Today, in addition to compassionate support services, CAC of North and Northwest Cook County provides a place for children to tell their abuse story ONE TIME to a team of people dedicated to helping them heal.


A 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization, CAC is a fully accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance. CAC provides all services free of charge in both English and Spanish.


History

Recognizing a need for greater measures to protect children, the Center was originally created and funded as a program of the Hanover Township Mental Health Board (HTMHB), to serve child abuse victims and their families within the confines of Hanover Township.

  • 1989: Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County was incorporated through initial funding from DCFS, United Way and HTMHB.
  • 1990: In response to the expressed need of other communities in Northwest Cook County, the Center sought and received funding to expand its service area to include the entire Third Municipal District of Cook County.
  • 1995: The Center’s Board of Directors voted to expand the boundaries again to serve child victims in the Second Municipal District of Cook County. CAC now serves all 38 communities in the north and northwest Cook County area.
  • 2001: Funding was received through the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority to launch Safe from the Start, a program under the umbrella of CAC which aims to prevent exposure to violence in children 0-5, and reduces the impact for those children who’ve already been exposed to violence.

Today, the Center, based in Hoffman Estates, serves more than 650 children and their families each year with the caring support they need to move forward with their lives and heal from abuse. One of 800 such Centers around the world, CAC is modeled after the National Children’s Advocacy Center based in Huntsville, Alabama.



Mission Statement

Serving as the leading resource to empower and heal the abused child and prevent violence against children.

 

Goal

The goal of the Children's Advocacy Center of North & Northwest Cook County is to provide a multidisciplinary approach to severe physical and child sexual abuse cases. The Center recognizes the special, unique needs of child victims, while demanding accountability for the crime of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse.