April 2017 Trainings

In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, ChicagoCAC hosts numerous trainings throughout the month of April to equip professionals and caregivers to prevent child sexual abuse. View all of our upcoming trainings now.

Request a Training for April

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and this year ChicagoCAC aims to reach more adults than ever before with the skills and information to protect children from sexual abuse. We need your help! Can you request one of our free or low-cost trainings for your colleagues or community group this April?

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and this year ChicagoCAC aims to reach more adults than ever before with the skills and information to protect children from sexual abuse. We need your help! Can you request one of… Read More

Training New CPD Detectives

Yesterday, our team spent three hours with a training class of 160 new detectives, teaching them about our work on investigations of child sexual abuse, our physical abuse program (MPEEC) and our forensic interviewing services for many types of cases. We’re thrilled to talk with detectives about how ChicagoCAC helps children and families in Chicago, and how we work alongside and support Chicago Police Department.

Yesterday, our team spent three hours with a training class of 160 new detectives, teaching them about our work on investigations of child sexual abuse, our physical abuse program (MPEEC) and our forensic interviewing services for many types… Read More

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. 

Community Advisory Council

Our Community Advisory Council is a group of adults committed to raising awareness of ChicagoCAC and our resources. Together with our staff, they help plan our Child Abuse Prevention Month activities, and they’re already working on our 2017 event. Thanks to these wonderful volunteers for all of their support! Learn more.

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Our Community Advisory Council is a group of adults committed to raising awareness of ChicagoCAC and our resources. Together with our staff, they help plan our Child Abuse Prevention Month activities, and they’re already working on our 2017… Read More

Char on Comcast Newsmakers

ChicagoCAC Executive Director Char Rivette was recently featured on Comcast Newsmakers to raise awareness about our center, our work and how adults can help protect children from sexual abuse. View the segment and learn more with our resources.

ChicagoCAC Executive Director Char Rivette was recently featured on Comcast Newsmakers to raise awareness about our center, our work and how adults can help protect children from sexual abuse. View the segment and learn more with our resources.

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We’re honored to collaborate with the Illinois Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program. Three of our multi-disciplinary team members presented to nurses from across the state about how child advocacy centers work, the importance of forensic… Read More

Brighton Park Partnership

We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Brighton Park Elementary School to conduct our Keeping Children Safe series! We’ll be working directly with students to teach them ways to stay safe, report broken safety rules and understand that… 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

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Stopping sexual violence – including child sexual abuse – is up to all of us. At ChicagoCAC, our prevention efforts include each of the CDC’s recommendations to stop abuse. From listening to victims and helping them heal, to training adults to keep children safe, to working with community partners to create safe spaces for children, we’re committed to stopping abuse. Join us: www.chicagocac.org/prevent