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Recommendations for DCFS

This is an excerpt from Char Rivette’s testimony to the Illinois Human Services Committee regarding the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. More information from Chicago Tribune


We would like to see DCFS review its policies to ensure that all required cases are referred to the local Children’s Advocacy Center and increase training of hotline workers and investigators to make sure they are aware of the types of cases that should be referred to CACs.

We recommend developing a check and balance system to review hotline calls to identify potentially missed referrals to CACs while simultaneously identifying patterns that may allow for additional training and improvement in DCFS procedures.
We recommend a pilot program in which a selected CAC reviews all DCFS hotline calls in its jurisdiction. In Texas, a statewide pilot that allows CACs to review hotline intake reports and facilitate CAC referrals for qualifying cases resulted in CACs serving 9,000 more children in 2016 than in 2014, when the first pilot was launched. This was not a result of more kids entering into the system. Rather, it was the result of cases that qualified for a CAC investigation being properly referred.

We also recommend that a workgroup or oversight committee be established to review hotline calls and identify opportunities for increased involvement by CACs.

Finally, we’d advise strengthening the training that mandated reporters receive. Rather than moving toward a requirement that all adults become mandated reporters, we advocate for increased training for existing mandated reporters to ensure that they have the tools to know what to look for and understand their responsibility to report any and all suspicions of child abuse. Training should be mandatory with periodic refreshers. As part of this, we recommend that training be added as a required component when mandated reporters apply for professional license renewal with the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation.

Further, it is our belief that universal mandated reporting would not necessarily keep children safer. Recent research has found that, compared to states requiring specific professionals to be mandated reporters, states with universal mandated reporting laws do not have significantly higher rates of reports or report dispositions.

We believe that allocating resources to increase awareness and training for professionals regarding mandated reporting would have the most significant impact on ensuring that children at risk of abuse are protected.

The goal of all of us here today is to keep kids safe. Children’s Advocacy Centers are proud to serve on the front lines with DCFS to protect the children of Illinois, and we look forward to working together to improve our capabilities. Thank you.

This is an excerpt from Char Rivette’s testimony to the Illinois Human Services Committee regarding the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. More information from Chicago Tribune.  … We would like to see DCFS review its policies to… Read More

It’s time.

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The cultural shift in the last few weeks has been notable. A culture that believes victims, that allows victims to come forward without fear of retaliation or blame, that holds perpetrators accountable – this is what we need now… Read More

ChicagoCAC Stakeholder Conference Call

On our October 11 Stakeholder Conference Call, ChicagoCAC Executive Director Char Rivette shares the latest news about our programs, finances, community outreach and upcoming events. Listen below!

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Ashley Howard: AHoward@ChicagoCAC.org or (312) 492-3725.

On our October 11 Stakeholder Conference Call, ChicagoCAC Executive Director Char Rivette shares the latest news about our programs, finances, community outreach and upcoming events. Listen below! If you have questions or would like more information, contact Ashley… Read More

A Walk in Their Shoes

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Thursday, November 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Join Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center for this special evening to walk the path our clients take toward healing. After a brief presentation, staff will lead a tour of the center, highlighting each of the programs we offer to children and families healing from sexual abuse.

Please RSVP to Ashley Howard: 
(312) 492-3725 or AHoward@ChicagoCAC.org

Thursday, November 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Join Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center for this special evening to walk the path our clients take toward healing. After a brief presentation, staff will lead a tour of the center, highlighting… Read More

Q4 Stakeholder Call

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Join ChicagoCAC Executive Director Char Rivette for our quarterly Stakeholder Conference Call on Wednesday, October 11 at noon. You’ll hear the latest news about our programs, finances, community outreach and upcoming events.

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Join ChicagoCAC Executive Director Char Rivette for our quarterly Stakeholder Conference Call on Wednesday, October 11 at noon. You’ll hear the latest news about our programs, finances, community outreach and upcoming events. Add to your Outlook calendar. Add to… Read More

Place your bids!

Guys’ & Gals Night Out is tonight, but the auction starts NOW! Check out our selection of getaways, beauty packages, experiences and family-friendly entertainment! As always, all proceeds support ChicagoCAC’s work.

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Guys’ & Gals Night Out is tonight, but the auction starts NOW! Check out our selection of getaways, beauty packages, experiences and family-friendly entertainment! As always, all proceeds support ChicagoCAC’s work.

Tribune: Police, DCFS cutbacks strain center that investigates child sex crimes

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Thank you to Chicago Tribune for highlighting ChicagoCAC and the challenges we and our partners face in protecting our community’s children in this article from August 23, 2017. As we continue supporting and coordinating the efforts of our… Read More

Gov. Rauner: Please sign SB189!

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Earlier this year, the Illinois House and Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 189, which removes the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse. This vital legislation has been sitting on Gov. Rauner’s desk for weeks, but he has not yet signed it into law.

Victims and survivors of abuse deserve unanimous public support. Gov. Rauner should stand with us by proudly signing this bill so that victims of abuse in Illinois will never run out of time to seek justice, and our community will be protected from known perpetrators.

Contact Gov. Rauner now to encourage him to sign SB189!

Option 1: Call Gov. Rauner’s Office

Have the biggest impact by calling Gov. Rauner’s office and speaking with a member of his staff at his Springfield office: (217) 782-0244. Here’s a script to get you started:

Hi, this is [YOUR NAME] from [YOUR HOMETOWN], zip code [YOUR ZIP CODE]. I’m calling to ask that Gov. Rauner stand with victims and survivors of child sexual abuse by signing SB189 into law before the August 15 deadline. Signing this legislation into law to remove the statute of limitations will help ensure that victims of abuse are heard and helped, no matter when they gather the strength to come forward. There are more than 1 million victims and survivors of child sexual abuse living in Illinois. Gov. Rauner should show his support for these resilient children, youth and adults by signing SB189 today. Thank you.

Option 2: Complete Gov. Rauner’s Contact Form

Complete the Contact form on Gov. Rauner’s website to make your voice heard. Complete the fields with your contact information, and copy this sample message into the Comments field:

Subject: Other
Position: Support
Comment: Governor Rauner, I’m writing to ask that you sign SB189 into law. By signing this legislation to remove the statute of limitations for sex crimes against children, you will publicly demonstrate your and our state’s commitment to supporting survivors of child sexual abuse and their right to seek justice. As our governor, you have a duty and a responsibility to protect Illinoisans. Removing the statute of limitations helps ensure that victims of abuse may be heard and helped, no matter when they gather the strength to come forward. SB189 was passed by both the Senate and House unanimously, and I strongly encourage you to sign this bill into law. There are more than 1 million victims and survivors of child sexual abuse living in Illinois. Show your support for these resilient children, youth and adults by signing SB189 today. Thank you.

Thank you for using your voice to support victims and survivors of sexual abuse! Share this page to help spread the word! 

 

Earlier this year, the Illinois House and Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 189, which removes the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse. This vital legislation has been sitting on Gov. Rauner’s desk for weeks, but he has… Read More

Stakeholder Conference Call June 2017

On June 21, ChicagoCAC Executive Director Char Rivette led our first Stakeholder Conference Call. The 23-minute conversation included the latest news about our programs, finances, community outreach and upcoming events. Listen below!

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Ashley Howard: AHoward@ChicagoCAC.org or (312) 492-3725.

On June 21, ChicagoCAC Executive Director Char Rivette led our first Stakeholder Conference Call. The 23-minute conversation included the latest news about our programs, finances, community outreach and upcoming events. Listen below! If you have questions or would… Read More