ChicagoCAC is the city’s only nonprofit organization that coordinates the efforts of child protection staff, law enforcement professionals, family advocates, medical experts, and mental health clinicians under one roof.
Our collaborative treatment model helps children and families heal from abuse in a comprehensive, seamless way. Since opening our doors in 2001, we have served more than 42,000 children.
Education, Prevention & Policy
ChicagoCAC’s education, prevention & policy team facilitates trainings for professionals and community members on preventing, recognizing, responding to, and reporting abuse. In addition, the team conducts trainings on trauma-informed environments, protecting children with disabilities and more.
In addition to providing forensic interviews for children who have been sexually abused, ChicagoCAC also interviews children who have experienced other types of abuse, have witnessed violence or have special needs that may make a traditional interview more difficult.
ChicagoCAC has entered into an agreement with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (Lurie Children’s) to provide services for children where concern for sexual abuse or other serious maltreatment exists. Lurie Children’s Protective Services Team will work with ChicagoCAC staff to provide multidisciplinary care. Together, services include:
- Medical assessment of children, including ancillary tests
- Psychosocial evaluation of children and families
- Coordination of various disciplines and professionals within the healthcare community, as well as with collaborating agencies
Mental Health Services
ChicagoCAC’s mental health team helps children heal from the trauma of abuse. In our Family Hope Center, therapists create a comfortable, safe space for children to tell their stories, identify and overcome challenges, develop positive coping skills and build healthy relationships.
Human Trafficking Prevention
ChicagoCAC is committed to serving children who have been trafficked. Our human trafficking team includes a commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) specialist, a trafficking specialist and a dedicated therapist to provide timely care specific to these children’s needs.
In accordance with Federal law, ChicagoCAC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, order of protection status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status, sexual orientation, or unfavorable discharge from military service when it comes to providing services to our clients.