Responding to Abuse Training

ChicagoCAC’s next free Responding to Abuse training will be Tuesday, January 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the center. As our signature training, Responding to Abuse equips professionals, caregivers and other adults to identify child sexual abuse and take action. The training covers definitions of abuse, warning signs, behaviors to watch out for, the impacts of trauma and how ChicagoCAC helps children and families. 

Know the Signs and Speak up

Sexual abuse is one of the most under-reported crimes in this country, despite being so prevalent. Not talking about sexual abuse gives abusers and perpetrators more power; they thrive on our silence. Know the signs and speak up to protect children. Learn more by attending one of ChicagoCAC’s trainings.

Sexual abuse is one of the most under-reported crimes in this country, despite being so prevalent. Not talking about sexual abuse gives abusers and perpetrators more power; they thrive on our silence. Know the signs and speak up… Read More

Chicago Park District Training

ChicagoCAC Training for Chicago Park District

Today we trained 1,500 Chicago Park District summer camp staffers on preventing, recognizing, responding to and reporting child sexual abuse. That means 40,000 children will be safer this summer! Learn more about our trainings.

ChicagoCAC Training for Chicago Park District

Today we trained 1,500 Chicago Park District summer camp staffers on preventing, recognizing, responding to and reporting child sexual abuse. That means 40,000 children will be safer this summer! Learn more about our trainings.

Char visits the Republic of Georgia

Photo of Char in Georgia - Leading Roundtable
Executive Director Char Rivette is visiting the Republic of Georgia as part of our collaboration with the U.S. State Department’s Professional Fellowship Program and the American Council. Last fall, a social worker from Georgia visited ChicagoCAC to learn about how we investigate abuse and advocate for children. Now, Char is visiting her country to meet with child-serving organizations to consult, hold round-table discussions and help develop their new system of child welfare response to child abuse.

Over the last two weeks, Char held a public lecture at University of Georgia and hosted a day-long training for The Youth Coalition, a group of non-governmental human service organizations who are dedicated to advocating for changes in child abuse response. She also met with Dr. Lia Saralidze, the Director of the Public Health Foundation of the Republic of Georgia. Dr. Saralidze toured ChicagoCAC a few years ago, and she considers the experience to be the driving force in their development of a child advocacy center.

We’re pleased for the opportunity to help build child welfare services across the globe so that children get the support and resources they need.

Photo of Char in Georgia - Leading Roundtable

Executive Director Char Rivette is visiting the Republic of Georgia as part of our collaboration with the U.S. State Department’s Professional Fellowship Program and the American Council. Last fall, a social worker from Georgia visited ChicagoCAC to learn… Read More

Chicago Park District and Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center announce “Keeping Children Safe” initiative

Partnership will include policy implementations and trainings to equip parks staff to prevent, recognize and respond to child sexual abuse

Press Release | April 15, 2015

Chicago Park District and Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC) are pleased to announce their partnership on the “Keeping Children Safe” initiative. This district-wide effort will include proactive policies and procedures to make preventing sexual abuse the routine, while continuing to promote positive interaction among children, youth and staff. The initiative has the potential to reach the approximately 250,000 children who use Chicago parks each year.

Beginning this month, Chicago Park District staff will attend trainings on preventing sexual abuse in programs and through the community, recognizing signs of abuse and responding appropriately to children who disclose abuse. ChicagoCAC will provide these trainings for the parks’ 1,500 direct service staff, as well as specialized trainings for staff who work with children with disabilities. Parks administrative and non-direct service staff will receive online trainings. Read More

Partnership will include policy implementations and trainings to equip parks staff to prevent, recognize and respond to child sexual abuse Press Release | April 15, 2015 Chicago Park District and Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC) are pleased to… Read More