Careers

Find meaning and purpose in your career. CAC supports over 1,000 children who have been impacted by abuse annually. We focus on keeping kids in the north & northwest suburbs of Chicago safe and healthy with our free, life-changing services.

Open Positions

Family Advocate/Forensic Interviewer

Reports to: Director of Forensic and Advocacy Services

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Complete 24 hours of Victim Advocacy Training within the first year of employment

  • Participate in a minimum of 8 hours within a 2 year period of continuing education specific to victim or court advocacy and/or child maltreatment, or domestic violence

  • Provide support and/or crisis intervention to child victims and their non-offending caregiver(s )during child protection and/or criminal investigations

  • Complete a brief psychosocial and needs assessment with the non-offending caregiver(s) at the time of the scheduled Forensic Interview

  • Complete assessments with the child as needed (i.e. trauma screening, suicide risk, etc.)

  • Provide resources and referrals (i.e. victims compensation, therapy/counseling, medical, legal, etc.) to clients

  • Provide case management which includes routine check ins/updates with the family and multi-disciplinary team (law enforcement, DCFS, state attorney’s office, mental health, medical)

  • Provide court advocacy, which could include attending hearings with clients, assisting with Orders of Protection, coordinating and assisting with victim/witness court preparation

  • Enter information/statistics into the agency’s database

  • Maintain all records as per the agency’s confidentiality rules

  • Participate in regularly scheduled team and staff meetings

  • Participate in monthly supervision

  • Participate in monthly MDT Case Review meetings

  • For Master’s level employees, the option to provide individual, family and/or group therapy services to children and their non-offending caregiver(s)

  • Other duties as assigned by the Program Director

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Conduct Forensic Interviews with children ages 3-17 who are alleged victims, or witnesses to, abuse or violence on a part time basis

  • Complete a nationally recognized Forensic Interview Protocol training within 3 months of hire

  • Participate in a minimum of 8 hours within a 2-year period of continuing education specific to forensic interviewing and/or child maltreatment

  • Collaborate with the Multi-disciplinary team (MDT) (law enforcement, DCFS, state attorney’s office), during investigations which would include a pre and post meeting at the time of the scheduled Forensic Interview

  • Enter information/statistics into the agency’s database

  • Respond to subpoenas and testify in court hearings upon request (criminal or civil)

  • Participate in routinely scheduled Forensic Interview Peer Review Meetings

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in social work, psychology, or a similar field

  • 2 years of professional experience working with children and families, specifically in the treatment of victims of child abuse or other forms of family violence

  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system and experience working closely with community partners, such as Law Enforcement, the Department of Children and Families (DCFS), medical, and/or a State’s Attorney’s Office

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment

To Apply: Submit cover letter and resume to Melanie Pignotti at mpignotti@cachelps.org

Family Support Services Therapist

The Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County provides a continuum of services for children who are survivors of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, or other crimes, and their non-offending parents and siblings. The Center is seeking a full-time Child and Family Therapist to join a team of professionals providing trauma focused individual and family therapy at the agency's office located in Streamwood, Illinois. In addition, the Child and Family Therapist may facilitate support or therapy groups for children and parents or caregivers and will assist the agency's Advocates in offering crisis intervention services and coordinating treatment referrals with community-based mental health resources. 

The Child and Family Therapist position requires a Master's Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or a related field; Licensed or License eligible; with experience in evidence-based approaches to the treatment of children and families who have experienced abuse and/or violence. 

Submit your resume and cover letter to: Mark Parr (mparr@cachelps.org) and Kate Schultz (kschultz@cachelps.org)​

Safe from the Start Therapist

The Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County provides a continuum of services for children who are survivors of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, or other crimes, and their non-offending parents and siblings. The Center is seeking a full-time Child and Family Therapist to join a team of professionals in the Safe from the Start Program providing trauma focused individual and family therapy for young children (birth through age 5) exposed to violence or maltreatment. The position will be based at the agency's office located in Skokie, Illinois. In addition, the Child and Family Therapist may facilitate support or therapy groups for children and parents or caregivers and will assist the agency's Advocates in offering crisis intervention services and coordinating treatment referrals with community-based mental health resources. 

The Safe from the Start Program Child and Family Therapist position requires a Master's Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or a related field; Licensed or License eligible; with experience in evidence-based approaches to the treatment of children and families who have experienced abuse and/or violence. Bilingual in Spanish and English is preferred but not required. 

Submit your resume and cover letter to: Mark Parr (mparr@cachelps.org) and Kate Schultz (kschultz@cachelps.org)

Part-Time/Contractual Therapist Position 

The Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County provides a continuum of services for children who are survivors of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, or other crimes, and their non-offending parents and siblings. The Center is growing and is seeking a part-time or Contractual Child and Family Therapist to join a team of professionals providing trauma focused individual and family therapy at the agency's office located in Streamwood, Illinois. Evening and Saturday availability is preferred to meet the needs of our client families. In addition, the Child and Family Therapist may facilitate support or therapy groups for children and parents or caregivers and will assist the agency's Advocates in offering crisis intervention services and coordinating treatment referrals with community-based mental health resources. 

The Child and Family Therapist position requires a Master's Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or a related field; Licensed or License eligible; with experience in evidence-based approaches to the treatment of children and families who have experienced abuse and/or violence. Bilingual in English and Spanish is preferred but not required. 

Submit your resume and cover letter to: Mark Parr (mparr@cachelps.org) and Kate Schultz (kschultz@cachelps.org)