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Healing Children One Story at a Time

CAC provides free, healing services to children who have experienced abuse, allowing them to process trauma and reclaim their childhoods.

Our Services

CAC is the leading resource when it comes to child abuse. From the Forensic Interview to the last therapy session, CAC works with our clients to ensure they are building resiliency in order to live a healthy life. 

Our Services

Forensic & Advocacy Services (FAS)

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Our extensively trained FAS team supports a child and family through the legal process of the abuse investigation. We coordinate with local law enforcement, State’s Attorney's Office and DCFS to conduct Forensic Interviews that limit trauma and collect all necessary information to proceed with the case. Advocates support families and connect them to medical, mental health and other community services.

Family Support Services (FSS)

Our Master’s-level therapists meet families during their highest level of crisis. We connect with them through compassion and empathy.Our team creates a fully comprehensive and individualized plan to help put the pieces of the family's life back together.

Safe from the Start (SFTS)

Our SFTS program is unlike any other in the area. We offer free therapy for children birth-5 who have experienced violence in their households. These children are often overlooked, but we make their care a priority. Our team helps the most vulnerable population by listening to them, believing them and helping them process trauma.


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SFTS Client

"My child's self-esteem has grown because of the services at Safe from the Start. Thank you!

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FAS Client

Thank you! You made us feel supported and more safe and cared about in this frightening world."

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FSS Client

"Thank you for being a safe place for my daughter and I to share our experiences."


Contact Us

CAC is here to help. Call, email or fill out the contact form below or inquiries.

To report child abuse call:  (800) 252-2873

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Hoffman Estates

640 Illinois Blvd

Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

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Arlington Heights

657 E Golf Road 

Suite 310

Arlington Heights, IL 60005

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9933 Lawler Ave

Suite 207

Skokie, IL 60077

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CAC does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers, and subcontractors. CAC is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

If you feel you have been discriminated against, complaints must be made in writing and sent to:

Melanie Pignotti, LCPC
Chief Executive Director of Children’s Advocacy Center of North & Northwest Cook County
Address: 640 Illinois Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

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