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. 

#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

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.

Canine Companionship Room

Now that we have a spacious staff lunchroom, one of our former break rooms has become our dedicated Canine Therapy Corps space. Each week, volunteers spend time with our clients, their siblings, and even our staff to help reduce anxiety, build confidence and just relax! Thanks to all of our superstar dog and people volunteers, and to our intern Olivia for putting together a bulletin board to help us read dogs’ body language!

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Now that we have a spacious staff lunchroom, one of our former break rooms has become our dedicated Canine Therapy Corps space. Each week, volunteers spend time with our clients, their siblings, and even our staff to help… Read More

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.

Upcoming Trainings at ChicagoCAC

Thanks to our new Education Center, we’ve expanded our outreach, education and prevention efforts to include new trainings – and more of them. Check out our upcoming trainings page to see all of the free and low-cost opportunities we have for caregivers, professionals and other adults. Learn more.

Thanks to our new Education Center, we’ve expanded our outreach, education and prevention efforts to include new trainings – and more of them. Check out our upcoming trainings page to see all of the free and low-cost opportunities… Read More

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.

Fannie & Libby

Fannie & Libby

Through our partnership with Canine Therapy Corps, sisters Fannie and Libby play with kids and help them relax before their and their siblings’ appointments. These superstar volunteers can do more tricks than you can count – including synchronized rollovers!

Training: Trauma and Children with Disabilities

Register today for our “Trauma and Children with Disabilities: Creating a therapy tool box” training on February 5. This workshop will discuss the similarities and differences between trauma interventions for children with and without disabilities, identify specific tools and strategies that can facilitate work with children with disabilities, and explore some of the axillary services that may support recovery.