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    Words from Matthew Sandusky

    Just over two weeks ago, CAC hosted the Hope, Heal, Grow Gala at Medinah Country Club. With the generosity of many sponsors and guests, $155,000 was raised to support CAC’s healing services. Each year, CAC serves more than 800 children and families who have been impacted by sexual abuse, physical abuse, and trauma.Once of the most moving moments of the night was when Matthew Sandusky spoke about his personal experience with child sex abuse.

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    2017 Hope, Heal, Grow Gala!

    The Hope, Heal, Grow Gala took place on April 1, 2017. 171 guests came together to support the work of The Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County (CAC). The evening was emceed by Co-Chairs Eduardo and Terri Cisneros and included guest speaker Matthew Sandusky.

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    2017 Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Child Abuse Prevention Month has been observed each April since its first presidential proclamation in 1983. The month is a time to recognize the importance of individuals, businesses and communities working together to help prevent child abuse and promote the healing of abused children and their families. During the month of April, CAC plans to bring awareness to Child Abuse Prevention Month through community events.

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    Matthew Sandusky to be at 2017 Hope, Heal, Grow Gala

    The Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County will welcome Matthew Sandusky to the 2017 Hope, Heal, Grow Gala. Click here to purchase tickets!  

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    CAC Exceeds $125,000 Campaign Goal

    The Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County exceeds $125,000 campaign goal for the Safe From the Start program. The Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County (CAC) exceeded its $125,000 campaign goal, raising enough funds to sustain Safe From the Start through June 2018. The campaign’s official completion date was December 16th, 2016.Safe From the Start provides free therapy services which reduces the trauma of exposure to violence...

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    Meet Sheila

    Whether violence is seen, heard or experienced, it impacts the health and well being of children and their families. My name is Sheila and I would like to share my story with you. I am survivor of childhood sexual and physical abuse and as an adult, I found myself in a violent relationship. My daughters' father was verbally and physically abusive to me.

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    2016 Client Holiday Party

    Each year CAC hosts a client holiday party filled with cheer! The Rotary Club of Schaumburg AM generously agreed to host the party for the second year in a row. CAC welcomed over 100 clients to the party.

  • Dependable Building Services Donates $5,000

    The Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County is pleased to announce that Dependable Building Services gave a generous gift of $5,000 in support of the Safe From the Start Campaign. “We are humbled by this gift from Dependable Building Services,” said Safe From the Start Director, Carrie Estrada. “Their generosity will help vulnerable children in our community heal from childhood trauma.

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    Safe From the Start featured on CBS Chicago

                  The state funding cut for the Safe From the Start program was featured on CBS Chicago. Please watch the segment to meet Joanne, a Safe From the Start client, who adopted her nieces from an abusive home. Safe From the Start helped Joanne succeed at parenting two young girls who experienced devastating trauma.

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    Dr. Mitchell and Valerie Slotnick Make Major Gift

    The Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County is excited to announce that Dr. Mitchell and Valerie Slotnick gave a $10,000 gift in support of the Safe From the Start Campaign. “We are humbled by the Slotnick’s generosity and continued support,” said Safe From the Start Director, Carrie Estrada. “Their gift will help ensure Safe From the Start services stay in our community and help children and families heal who have experienced trauma.

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    CAC is thankful.

    A note from Mark Parr, CAC's Executive Director, during this season of thanks.  

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    Safe From the Start Staff Highlight: Andrea Beita

    Andrea Beita is pictured on far left with Safe From the Start staff members. Andrea Beita is a Bilingual Spanish Therapist /Case Worker with Safe From the Start. She holds a Master in Childhood and Adolescence Psychology and Social and Family Violence. Since 2004, Andrea has been part of mental health, domestic violence and abuse programs, providing therapy in English and Spanish for children and their families.

  • SFTS Campaign Receives 100% Board Support

    All 17 members of the CAC Board of Directors have committed their support to the Safe From the Start Campaign. CAC is humbled by the ongoing support, commitment and leadership of its Board of Directors. Their support has helped the campaign reach 78% of its goal.The Children’s Advocacy Center is seeking additional community support to help fund the Safe From the Start program.

  • Seeking Volunteers for Gala Committee.

    CAC is actively looking for volunteers Gala Committee members! Members of the committee are responsible for helping with the overall success of the event by securing sponsorship, promoting the event to friends and colleges, securing auction items and spreading awareness of the event. The time commitment is approximately 2 -5 hours per week from home, however time commitment may vary. Also, attend committee meetings in person or by phone once a month in the Hoffman Estates area.

  • Safe From the Start Campaign Receives Major Gift

    With gratitude, the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County is announced today that Mr. Bill Barry donated $25,000 to the Safe From the Start Campaign. “We are grateful for Mr. Barry’s generosity, which speaks to his commitment to ending childhood trauma,” said Safe From the Start Director, Carrie Estrada.

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    Eddie and Terri Cisneros will Co-Chair the 4th Annual Hope, Heal, Grow Gala.

    The Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County officially announced that Eddie and Terri Cisneros will co-chair the 4th Annual Hope, Heal, Grow Gala on April 1st at Medinah Country Club. To read the full press release, click here.Meet the 2017 Hope, Heal, Grow Gala Co-Chairs, Eddie and Terri Cisneros! Since moving to the area in 2013, Eddie and Terri have become increasingly involved in the community.

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    Safe From the Start connects broken families with the support and therapy they desperately need

    Police Social Worker, Karyn Nelson, shares how critical Safe From the Start is in our community. "As the Social Worker for the Village of Streamwood Police Department for the past ten years, I have had the honor and opportunity to develop a close, professional relationship with the staff at Safe From the Start and have worked with them on many cases involving children that have been exposed to domestic violence and abuse.I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for the peop...

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    Casino Night Raises Over $33,000!

    Wow! Casino Night raised over $33,000!The Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County (CAC) hosted a successful Casino Night fundraiser in Chicago on October 14th at the Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago. All proceeds support CAC’s free healing services to children and families who have been affected by sexual or physical abuse.With 189 guests in attendance, the evening was filled with blackjack, craps, roulette, delicious food, drinks and a lively atmosphere!

  • Safe From the Start Campaign reaches 56% of Goal!

    The Safe From the Start Campaign, which launched in August, has now reached 56% of the $125,000 goal! CAC cannot thank supporters of the campaign enough for their generous gifts.Due to the fiscal year 2016 Illinois budget impasse, Safe From the Start lost 39% of its funding and is no longer included in the state budget. CAC has been able to maintain the program throughout this time by using reserve funding and launched the campaign to preserve the program through fiscal year 2018.CAC's Safe...

  • $5,000 Gift From Outlook Marketing Services, Inc.

    The Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County is thrilled to announce a $5,000 gift from Outlook Marketing Services, Inc. in support of the Safe From the Start Campaign!The Founder and CEO of Outlook Marketing, Jeff Rappaport, is extending his support of Safe From the Start during a time of critical need. Due to the fiscal year 2016 Illinois budget impasse, Safe From the Start lost 39% of its funding and is no longer included in the state budget.

  • CAC Receives $50,000 through Chicago Tribune Charities

    The Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County recently received a $50,000 grant through Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund. The grant will support the Safe From the Start program over 2 years. $1,000,000 was distributed to 15 nonprofit organizations across Chicago and the suburbs through Chicago Tribune Charities in this grant cycle.

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    New Venue for Casino Night

    For the first year ever, CAC's Casino Night will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago! Try your luck at this exciting new venue located in the heart of Chicago on Michigan Avenue. Each registration includes $10 in chips to get you started playing blackjack, craps, and roulette while you nosh delectable hors d’oeuvres and sip beer and wine!

  • Two Major Gifts Received for the Safe From the Start Campaign

    Since the announcement of the $125,000 campaign to preserve the Safe From the Start program, two major gifts have been received!Rita and John Canning, $50,000St. Alexius Medical and Dental Staff Association, $5,000The staff and families of CAC are humbled at the immediate response to this funding crisis and cannot thank donors enough for their support. "We are pleased to support the important work being done at Safe From the Start,” said Rita Canning. “This program has been...

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    $125,000 Safe From the Start Campaign Announced

    The Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County (CAC) has launched a $125,000 campaign to preserve the Safe From the Start program!Safe From the Start is the only community response program dedicated to reducing the trauma that very young children experience when they are exposed to violence. Since 2001, Safe From the Start has successfully helped hundreds of children in our community find hope, heal and grow despite their exposure to violenc...

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    CAC welcomes two new advocates

    Please welcome CAC’s newest family advocates, Kara Zenni (pictured left) and Cara Liace (pictured right)! As advocates, they will support children and families through assessment and evaluation, case management, counseling and advocacy.Kara Zenni earned her Bachelor of Social Work at Auburn University in 2014, and a Master of Social Work from The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration in 2016. Her previous experience includes providing case-management services for children...

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    First Annual CAC Golf Outing presented by ANGUS Chemical Company

    The first annual CAC golf outing presented by ANGUS Chemical Company will be held at Schaumburg Golf Club on August 15th!Registration will open at 10:30am with a shotgun start at 12:00pm. Participants will be able to enter various competitions including hole-in-one, longest drive, and closest to the pin contests. A silent auction including hotel stays and sports tickets will also be held.

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    Another Great Champions for Children 5K Walk!

    Thank you to all who attended and supported the 9th Annual Champion’s for Children 5K Walk! CAC was able to raise over $16,900 for the children and families of the Children's Advocacy Center!The morning started off rainy, but cleared up just in time for registration. With over 100 walkers present, we kicked off the morning with a light breakfast, coffee and great music.

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    Cupcake Fundraiser!

    The Children's Advocacy Center is excited to partner with Sugar Jones to raise funds through a cupcake sale! Cupcake packs of 6 are on sale now and include six delicious flavors: churro, red velvet, rainbow sherbet, peanut butter cup, dreamsicle and root beer float. Packs of 6 are only $15; $5 of which will be donated to CAC.

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    Frames for Futures event a success.

    The CAC’s Emerging Leaders mission is to drive additional community outreach, including raising awareness and generating additional sources of funding for the CAC of North and Northwest Cook County. The group fulfilled their mission by raising over $7,900 at their Frames for Futures bowling event.Frames for Futures was held June 4th at Strike 10 Lanes in Roselle. The day included bowling, unlimited pizza, a silent auction and fun for the entire family.

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    Meet CAC’s Newest Forensic Interviewer.

    One of CAC’s family advocates, Jessica Salgado, will be moving into a new role as a forensic interviewer. For the past 9 months, Jessica has been a bilingual family advocate and therapist. Starting in June, she will become a full time forensic interviewer. As a forensic interviewer, she elicits facts from children in interviews by asking non-leading and non-suggestive questions to allow the child to tell their story. When asked why she wanted to change job roles, “The first time I saw ...

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    2016 Hope, Heal, Grow Gala

    With the 2016 Hope, Heal, Grow Gala now a month past, CAC would like to thank everyone who attended and supported the event. Your generous contributions made the gala a truly outstanding night. This year's turnout was the largest in the event's history, with more than 170 guests.

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    Thank You CAC Volunteers!

    This morning CAC staff honored the tireless efforts and dedication of CAC volunteers at the Children's Champions Volunteer Recognition Breakfast. Without the support of volunteers, CAC would not be able to help as many children and families on a daily basis as it does. Over breakfast at the CAC main office in Hoffman Estates, 6 individuals and the 2 CAC auxiliary groups were recognized.

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    2016 Child Abuse Prevention Month

    The CAC reflects, with gratitude, on Child Abuse Prevention Month. Many individuals and businesses came together in a unified effort to raise awareness of child abuse prevention. This was shown through the many pinwheel gardens which were planted, the blue which was worn, the participants and attendees at the art show, the attendees at the body safety workshop and the overwhelming supporters of the Hope, Heal, Grow Gala.

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    Hastert Case and Child Sex Abuse Myths

    If you live in the Chicago area, you have probably seen the name Dennis Hastert in the news. The former House Speaker was sentenced to over a year in prison in the hush money case which included accusations that he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling. The Hastert case, along with many others, shatters common myths about child sex abuse. Myth: He looks normal and acts normal, so he can’t be a child molester.

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    Claudiu Szenasi is Hungry to Help

    7 days, 8 hours, 2 minutes, and 20 seconds. That is how long Claudiu Szenasi maintained a hunger strike to raise awareness for the prevention of child sex abuse.   Claudiu, a survivor of child sex abuse, is raising his voice and taking action against child sex abuse.

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    Child Abuse Prevention Month

      Child Abuse Prevention Month has been observed each April since its first presidential proclamation in 1983. The month is a time to recognize the importance of individuals, businesses and communities working together to help prevent child abuse and promote the healing of abused children and their families. During the month of April, CAC plans to bring awareness to Child Abuse Prevention Month through community events.

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    Emerging Leaders - CAC's Young Professionals Group

    The CAC Emerging Leaders group functions to support the CAC of North and Northwest Cook County. The group's mission is to drive additional community outreach, including raising awareness and generating additional sources of funding. The group is fearlessly lead by Kate Elroy.Kate currently works at Zurich Insurance as a Middle Market Underwriter out of their Chicago office.

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    April Art Show - Calling Young Artists!

     April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and we need your help to raise awareness. Participate in our first annual art contest! This contest is open to all young people birth to 18 years old.   The 2016 theme is SAFETY.

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    Spotlight Shines Light on Child Sex Abuse

    At the 2016 Academy Awards, Spotlight won the award for Best Picture. This movie tells the story of Boston Globe investigative journalists who exposed the Roman Catholic Church’s cover up of child sexual abuse. The abuse had been happening for decades.

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    Meet the 2016 Gala Chair, Britten Follett

    The Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County (CAC) is delighted to introduce you to the 2016 Gala Chair, Britten Follett. Britten is a child abuse prevention advocate and Vice President, Marketing at Follett School Solutions. She serves on the Board of Directors of Prevent Child Abuse Illinois and is the co-author of Who Killed Kelsey, a critique of the child welfare system that resulted in the murder of a young Oklahoma girl.

  • Save the date! Hope, Heal, Grow Gala will be April 30th.

      Did you know each year the Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County (CAC) hosts a Hope, Heal, Grow Gala to raise greatly needed funds for the CAC? This 2016 Gala will be held on April 30th at the Medinah Country Club and includes dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions along with other exciting activities. Events like this allow the CAC to provide FREE programs and services to approximately 700 deserving children and families in north and northwest Cook County.

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    Art for Advocacy!

    The Women's Hearts for Healing group invite you to Pinot's Palette on March 5th. Sip wine, mingle, paint with friends and take home your very own masterpiece.Choose from two classes either 3:00pm-5:00pm or 7:00pm-9:00pm. Children are welcome to join the first class.

  • Children's Champions Recognition Breakfast Thanks CAC's Volunteers

      This morning, CAC staff was thrilled to say thank you and honor the tireless efforts and dedication of our volunteers. Without the selflessness of our volunteers, CAC would not be able to help the many children and families we do on a daily basis. While at Seasons 52 in Schaumburg, we recognized 9 individuals and organizations.

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