PBC Announces Start of Construction for Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center Expansion

Groundbreaking kicks off construction project that will nearly double center’s square footage to serve abused children

Press Release | April 1, 2014

Chaired by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the PBC and Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC) hosted a groundbreaking on an 18,000-square-foot expansion of the center. The city’s investment of TIF funding for the project will increase ChicagoCAC’s capacity to coordinate investigative services and provide mental health services for abused children.

The groundbreaking event occurred symbolically on April 1, the beginning of Child Abuse Prevention Month. “As communities around the United States shine a spotlight on the realities of child sexual and physical abuse, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center is a leading model for coordinated services that ensure swift and appropriate interventions on behalf of our city’s most vulnerable children and families,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Our investment in this project will help further the inspiring work of Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, and this expansion will allow the center to broaden its reach and continue providing services to families in need.” Read More

Groundbreaking kicks off construction project that will nearly double center’s square footage to serve abused children Press Release | April 1, 2014 Chaired by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the PBC and Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC) hosted a… Read More

“An Evening of Hollywood Glamour” draws hundreds to support Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center

Center’s fourth annual gala raises $225,000 to address child abuse in Chicago

Press Release | March 4, 2014

On March 1, 300 guests joined Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center for “An Evening of Hollywood Glamour.” Held in the grand ballroom of InterContinental Chicago on the Magnificent Mile, the event featured cocktails, dinner, dancing, a silent auction and a special call to support the center’s expansion campaign.

To kick off the evening, guests mingled and walked the purple carpet in support of Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, which serves children and families affected by abuse. Proceeds from the event support the center’s coordinated response to reports of child sexual abuse and allegations of severe physical abuse. The center’s staff and co-located teams provide family advocacy, forensic interviewing, medical exams, mental health therapy and other services to help families heal from the trauma of abuse. Read More

Center’s fourth annual gala raises $225,000 to address child abuse in Chicago Press Release | March 4, 2014 On March 1, 300 guests joined Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center for “An Evening of Hollywood Glamour.” Held in the grand… Read More

Growing & Giving Campaign

See what our new spaces will mean for staff members at the center, and how our Growing & Giving campaign supports our expanded services. Video is courtesy of Rush Productions.

RAISE Symposium

On Friday, November 8, more than 130 professionals and community members joined us for our fall symposium, “Breaking the silence: A call to address child sexual abuse in African-American communities.” Speakers Merri Dee, Robin D. Stone and Pastor Corey B. Brooks encouraged participants to break the silence around abuse, sharing strategies to tailor prevention messaging to parents, teachers, coaches and others.

The symposium was hosted by our RAISE coalition, which aims to understand the dynamics of sexual abuse in African-American communities and families, and to address barriers mental health services for victims. Learn more about RAISE.

On Friday, November 8, more than 130 professionals and community members joined us for our fall symposium, “Breaking the silence: A call to address child sexual abuse in African-American communities.” Speakers Merri Dee, Robin D. Stone and Pastor… Read More

Community leaders speak out about addressing child sexual abuse in Chicago’s African-American communities

Press Release | November 6, 2013

This Friday, November 8, key community members and leaders will gather for Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center’s fall symposium, “Breaking the silence: A call to address child sexual abuse in African-American communities.” More than 125 social workers, mental health therapists, community members and others will attend to learn more about signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse and how to engage the community in addressing abuse.

Merri Dee, an award-winning broadcast journalist and longtime WGN host, will begin the day with a keynote address. A longtime supporter of ChicagoCAC, Dee is a passionate advocate for children who have been abused. Read More

Press Release | November 6, 2013 This Friday, November 8, key community members and leaders will gather for Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center’s fall symposium, “Breaking the silence: A call to address child sexual abuse in African-American communities.” More… Read More

City approves contract to expand center for Chicago children who have been sexually abused

Press Release | October 1, 2013

Today, the Board of Commissioners of the Public Building Commission of Chicago (PBC) awarded a $7.1 million construction contract for an 18,000 square foot expansion of Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC).

Designed by architect Stanley Tigerman, the original facility is located at 1240 South Damen Avenue. The center is the hub for investigations of child sexual abuse in Chicago, housing specialized teams including the following public agencies: Illinois Department of Children & Family Services, Chicago Police Department, Cook County Health and Hospitals System and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Read More

Press Release | October 1, 2013 Today, the Board of Commissioners of the Public Building Commission of Chicago (PBC) awarded a $7.1 million construction contract for an 18,000 square foot expansion of Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC). Designed… Read More

Guys’ Night Out for the Kids 2013 Photos

On Thursday, September 12, 2013, more than 500 men and women joined ChicagoCAC for the 6th annual Guys’ Night Out for the Kids, which raises awareness and funds for the center. Learn more.

Photos are courtesy of Sooz Main.

On Thursday, September 12, 2013, more than 500 men and women joined ChicagoCAC for the 6th annual Guys’ Night Out for the Kids, which raises awareness and funds for the center. Learn more. Photos are courtesy of Sooz… Read More

Local coalition seeks to help children with disabilities live free from sexual abuse

Press Release | August 19, 2013

In collaboration with Stop It Now!, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC) recently introduced prevention tip sheets for caregivers of children with disabilities. The tip sheets include practical advice on topics such as: family safety planning to prevent child abuse, how to talk to children to reduce vulnerability to sexual abuse, how to protect your children from abuse in program settings, and behaviors to watch for when adults, teens or children are at risk to harm a child.

According to research, 90 percent of people with disabilities will experience some form of sexual assault or abuse in their lives. People with disabilities may be more susceptible to abuse because of their need for support services, which may place them in vulnerable situations. This can be further complicated by communication impairments and/or physical challenges that make it difficult for people with disabilities to protect themselves from abuse and to inform others of abuse when it does occur. Read More

Press Release | August 19, 2013 In collaboration with Stop It Now!, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC) recently introduced prevention tip sheets for caregivers of children with disabilities. The tip sheets include practical advice on topics such as:… Read More

Gov. Quinn signs law to remove statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, ensuring survivors no longer run out of time to seek justice

Press Release | August 8, 2013

This afternoon, Governor Quinn signed a bill into law that eliminates the criminal statute of limitations for sex offenses that occurred when the victim was under 18 years old. The legislation is a significant victory for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, many of whom take years to disclose the abuse.

“We are deeply grateful to the legislators who championed this change, which helps ensure that justice is possible for all victims of child sexual abuse,” said Char Rivette, executive director of Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center. “Moving forward, no survivor will finally gather the courage to report abuse, only to be told it’s too late to do anything.” Read More

Press Release | August 8, 2013 This afternoon, Governor Quinn signed a bill into law that eliminates the criminal statute of limitations for sex offenses that occurred when the victim was under 18 years old. The legislation is… Read More