At ChicagoCAC, we believe that adults are responsible for keeping children safe.
Some of ChicagoCAC’s most visible contributions to families and children in our city and beyond occur in the realm of Education, Prevention & Policy.
Our team facilitates trainings and collaborative partnerships to prevent and respond to sexual abuse in Chicago and elsewhere, and through our policy work, advocates on behalf of children and survivors in Illinois and beyond. Through our education and professional development offerings, ChicagoCAC reaches thousands of child-serving professionals and community members annually.
ChicagoCAC also has developed several prevention resources, such as our Keeping My Family Safe Workbooks, that parents and caregivers can use to understand how child sexual abuse occurs and how to build a family culture that prioritizes personal safety, thus lowering the risk of abuse occurring.
Finally, our policy work involves our working closely with lawmakers and in coalition with like-mind organizations to develop, advocate for, and ultimately pass laws that protect children, abuse survivors, and strengthen our ability to provide hope and healing everyday at ChicagoCAC.
Professional Development and Training
ChicagoCAC offers free and low-cost trainings to professionals, community members and first-responders on preventing, recognizing, responding to and reporting abuse. In many cases, continuing education units (CE hours) are available for social workers and counselors.
View our resources section for information on what to do if you suspect a child is being abused, ways to prevent abuse and tips on internet safety.
Policy and Advocacy
ChicagoCAC has over two decades of expertise in working with child victims and survivors, a strong commitment to trauma-informed practices, and specialized knowledge of how child sexual abuse occurs and how to prevent it. This makes us well-suited to advocate on behalf of children, families, and abuse survivors in Illinois and nationwide. Read our Policy Platform for more information about the kinds of legislative initiatives we support.
ChicagoCAC convenes collaborative partnerships to prevent and respond to sexual abuse within specific populations. These partnerships include:
- Coalition Against Sexual Abuse of Children with Disabilities (CASACD)
- Providing Access Toward Hope and Healing (PATHH) Collaboration
- The Community Advisory Council
- The Chicago Prevention Alliance
We are also proud to be a network member of the Selah Way Foundation, a national network of the most highly-vetted anti-sex trafficking service providers dedicated to eradicating this issue on a global scale. Network members provide national services and training on a global level. By locking arms with the leading, expert organizations in this movement, The Selah Way Foundation creates a solid system of care for survivors of sex trafficking.