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. 

October E-news

Our October e-newsletter features details of our Kids’ Holiday Party, registration for our training on Internet Safety and Kids with Disabilities this Friday, and info on the statute of limitations.

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

Save the Date: Guys’ & Gals’ Night Out for the Kids

Save the date for the 9th annual Guys’ & Gals’ Night Out for the Kids on Thursday, September 29 at Kaiser Tiger! We’re looking forward to another great evening of food, drinks, raffles and more to support the center and the families we serve.

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Save the date for the 9th annual Guys’ & Gals’ Night Out for the Kids on Thursday, September 29 at Kaiser Tiger! We’re looking forward to another great evening of food, drinks, raffles and more to support the center… Read More

Brew & ‘Que Tonight!

 

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Join ChicagoCAC’s Associates Board tonight, July 26, for our summer fundraising event, Brew & ‘Que! Chicago young professionals are invited for an after-work outing at Lagunitas Chicago TapRoom for beer, BBQ, raffles and networking, all to support our efforts to help children and families heal from abuse. Tickets are available at the door. Learn more.

Growing & Giving

Our Growing & Giving campaign helps us build capacity as we grow and sustain our programs. Join us in helping children heal from child sexual abuse and preventing abuse from occurring.

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Our Growing & Giving campaign helps us build capacity as we grow and sustain our programs. Join us in helping children heal from child sexual abuse and preventing abuse from occurring.

2016 Merit Award

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We were thrilled to be honored with a Chicago Building Congress 2016 Merit Award for our new addition! Congratulations and thank you to Holabird & Root and the Public Building Commission for all of their work to create the beautiful new spaces where our families heal, our community learns and our staff work to protect children and families!

Luminary Award Dinner in Chicago Splash

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View photos of Luminary Award Dinner in Chicago Splash, our print media sponsor for the event!

ChicagoCAC’s Luminary Award Dinner to honor Chicago First Lady Amy Rule

Event to raise awareness and funds to address child sexual and physical abuse 

(Chicago – April 21, 2016) Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC) will hold its second annual Luminary Award Dinner at the Union League Club on Thursday, May 12. This year’s event will honor Chicago’s First Lady Amy Rule, a tireless advocate on behalf of children’s safety and welfare causes and a strong supporter of ChicagoCAC.

“Through her role as our first lady and as a committed parent and Chicagoan, Amy Rule has shown strong support to prevent child sexual abuse and ensure that children who need help get our city’s full support to heal,” said ChicagoCAC Executive Director Char Rivette. “Her leadership in our community, her support of Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and her advocacy for children’s health and wellbeing make her a true luminary in our great city.” 

The fundraising event – co-chaired by Sheila McGinn Dorman, COO of Northern Trust Securities, and Mara Walsh – will feature a reception with a silent auction, seated dinner and program. The inaugural event in 2015 sold out, drawing 400 corporate, civic and political leaders, as well as long-time friends of ChicagoCAC. The event is expected to sell out again this year, with high level sponsorship from BMO Harris Bank, ComEd, Exelon, GCM Grosvenor, Mesirow Financial and Boeing. 

A special call for support at the Luminary Award Dinner will benefit the center’s Growing & Giving campaign. Launched in 2014 to leverage the city’s $9 million dollar TIF investment, the campaign’s goal is to raise an additional $2.5 million in private contributions to support prevention programs and enable the center to expand critical education and services for children and families healing from abuse. To date, the campaign has raised more than $900,000. Other proceeds from the event benefit ChicagoCAC’s family advocacy, forensic interviews, therapy and other vital services for children and families. 

“Freedom from abuse and exploitation is a basic human right, and it’s a privilege for me to be involved in the work the center does for the children in our community,” said Dorman. “They give a voice to the voiceless and provide a safe haven, treatment and hope for these kids. Our goal is to prevent child sexual abuse and help victims heal.”

About:

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC) and its partners are the front-line responders in Chicago to reports of child sexual abuse, as well as reports of physical abuse of children under 3 years old. As part of a multi-disciplinary team of experts, ChicagoCAC’s teams investigate alleged abuse, conduct forensic interviews, provide family advocacy, reduce trauma and identify resources so that children and families may begin the healing process.  All of the center’s services are free of charge. Since opening its doors in 2001, ChicagoCAC has served more than 30,000 children and families. Learn more at ChicagoCAC.org 

Event to raise awareness and funds to address child sexual and physical abuse  (Chicago – April 21, 2016) Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC) will hold its second annual Luminary Award Dinner at the Union League Club on Thursday,… Read More

PBC: ChicagoCAC Expansion Project Video

Public Building Commission of Chicago created this beautiful video to show what our new addition means to kids and families in our city. PBC served as the developer for our project, coordinated the design and procurement and managed construction of the addition on behalf of the City of Chicago. The city’s commitment of $9 million in funding from the Western/Ogden TIF district supported the project, and ChicagoCAC’s Growing & Giving campaign is raising an additional $2.5 million in private funding through 2018.