2016 in Review

Happy new year! As we make bold plans in 2017, we wanted to look back at the numerous successes and highlights across our programs, development and community partnerships in 2016. 

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Happy new year! As we make bold plans in 2017, we wanted to look back at the numerous successes and highlights across our programs, development and community partnerships in 2016. 

Holiday Meals from Jewel

Thank you to our friends at Jewel-Osco for generously providing complete ham dinners and to True Rock Ministries for donating gifts for our children and families! We are grateful to have support from across our community for families healing from abuse.

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Thank you to our friends at Jewel-Osco for generously providing complete ham dinners and to True Rock Ministries for donating gifts for our children and families! We are grateful to have support from across our community for families… Read More

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THANK YOU to our friends at KPMG for their donation of hundreds of books to the children we serve! The books were donated through KPMG’s Family for Literacy program in honor of Amy Rule, our 2016 Luminary, and… Read More

Día de los Muertos

Today, we hosted a Day of the Dead celebration in our Family Hope Center. Clients and their families learned more about the holiday, enjoyed snacks, listened to traditional music and made sugar skulls to take home!

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Today, we hosted a Day of the Dead celebration in our Family Hope Center. Clients and their families learned more about the holiday, enjoyed snacks, listened to traditional music and made sugar skulls to take home!

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Just a few weeks ago, this table in our Family Hope Center was looking a little worn, so our child life team invited clients to help fix it up. Now, it’s completely covered in our children’s beautiful artwork!… Read More

Release: Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, Public Building Commission Celebrate Center’s 15th Anniversary

(Chicago) – On August 4, 2016, the Public Building Commission of Chicago (PBC) will join Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC) at the new addition to their facility, 1240 S. Damen, for the Center’s15th anniversary celebration of being front-line responders to reports of child sexual and physical abuse.

The event will highlight milestones in the Center’s history and recognize the outstanding staff members, partners and supporters who have served more than 30,000 children and families affected by sexual and physical abuse.

“At ChicagoCAC, our focus is entirely on children and families healing from abuse,” ChicagoCAC Executive Director Char Rivette, MSW, LCSW said. “Our building is an embodiment of our mission. It is bright and colorful, bringing hope from the second you walk in. It provides privacy, but it’s open to facilitate collaboration among all of our partners. And most importantly, it’s home to the incredible staff – our family advocates, forensic interviewers, therapists and other professionals – who have helped more than 30,000 children and families heal from child sexual abuse.”

In 2001, the PBC oversaw the construction of the 24,000-square-foot facility that incorporates bright colors, shapes and other child-friendly features to minimize the trauma experienced by many of these youth.

In 2015, the PBC completed the construction of an 18,000-square-foot addition to the Center. The new space accommodates ChicagoCAC’s expanded programmatic efforts and includes an education center, therapy rooms, a new entrance and staff offices. The PBC served as the developer for both projects, coordinated the design and procurement and managed construction.

“ChicagoCAC is the City’s only not-for-profit organization that coordinates the efforts of child protection staff, law enforcement professionals, family advocates, medical experts and mental health clinicians under one roof,” Felicia S. Davis, Executive Director of the Public Building Commission said. “It was an honor for the PBC to construct such a visually stimulating facility that assists in supporting children and their families as they begin the healing process.”

The expansion doubles the center’s capacity to provide mental health services for children who are sexually abused, adds dedicated space for professional and community trainings, improves the quality and number of child- and family-friendly areas for clients and ensures that the physical environment of the center is trauma-informed and conducive to collaboration among members of the center’s co-located, multi-disciplinary teams.

In addition to the non-profit’s 60-member staff, the building is home to experts from the Chicago Police Department, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and Cook County Health and Hospitals System. Each year, center staff responds to nearly 2,000 reports of child sexual and physical abuse.

About the center:
In 2001, ChicagoCAC opened the doors of its 24,000-square-foot facility, designed by Stanley Tigerman. In spring 2015, the center opened a new addition designed by Holabird & Root, incorporating elements of the original design, while also offering a fresh interpretation of the facility’s purpose as a collaborative, child-centered environment. Further, the expansion is expected to attain LEED Gold certification, based on green design and construction features. In June, PBC was honored with a Chicago Building Congress 2016 Merit Award for the project.

About Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center:
Founded by Mayor Daley in 1998, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and its partners are the city’s front-line responders to reports of child sexual abuse, as well as reports of physical abuse of children under age 3. Learn more by visiting ChicagoCAC.org.

About the Public Building Commission:
The Public Building Commission of Chicago manages construction and renovation projects for the City of Chicago and its sister agencies. Mayor Rahm Emanuel serves as the PBC’s chairman. Felicia S. Davis serves as the Executive Director of the PBC.  Additional information about the PBC and its projects can be found at www.pbcchicago.com.  You can also follow the Public Building Commission of Chicago on Twitter: @PBCChi and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PublicBuildingCommissionofChicago

(Chicago) – On August 4, 2016, the Public Building Commission of Chicago (PBC) will join Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC) at the new addition to their facility, 1240 S. Damen, for the Center’s15th anniversary celebration of being front-line… Read More

#SoxServe

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Thank you to Chicago White Sox Charities for supporting kids and families at ChicagoCAC with a $35,000 grant for our Family Hope Center! We put this funding to good use with our individual therapy, family support groups and caregiver programming to help Chicagoans heal from the trauma of child sexual abuse. ‪#‎soxserve‬

The Sounds of our Family Hope Center

From outside the door to our Family Hope Center, you can hear giggles and squeals from kids of all ages waiting for their or their siblings’ appointments. Each week, our therapists help clients learn how to express their feelings, how to better communicate with their family, and what healing looks like for them. Meanwhile, our child life team leads games and activities that help caregivers and kids pass the time in productive, healthy ways. Learn more about the Family Hope Center.

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From outside the door to our Family Hope Center, you can hear giggles and squeals from kids of all ages waiting for their or their siblings’ appointments. Each week, our therapists help clients learn how to express their… Read More

Minimizing Trauma to Help Kids Heal

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For kids who have been abused, talking about the experience can be painful. ChicagoCAC and our fellow child advocacy centers were founded to minimize that trauma and to preserve evidence so a child doesn’t have to tell and retell what happened to them. From our welcoming building, to our friendly and compassionate staff members, to the nature of our partnerships with law enforcement and child protection teams, we make it easier for kids to come forward and begin healing faster and more fully.

Apply today for our internships and externships

We are now accepting applications for fall internships in our family advocacy, social work, prevention and other departments, as well as a psychology externship and a post-doctoral fellow. In addition to helping children and families heal from sexual abuse, interns at ChicagoCAC receive professional supervision and are able to participate in clinical trainings.