Kari May, Executive Director
Children's Advocacy Center
Welcome to the Champaign County Children's Advocacy Center
Welcome to the website for the Champaign County Children's Advocacy Center. We are pleased to be able to offer this service and hope that our website will be a useful source of information for you.
The Children's Advocacy Center is a facility-based community partnership dedicated to a team approach by professionals pursuing the truth in child abuse investigations. Professionals from child protective services, law enforcement, prosecution, victim advocacy agencies and the medical and mental health communities come together to investigate and intervene in cases of suspected child sexual and serious physical abuse. Attention to the needs and abilities of children is a hallmark of the Children's Advocacy Center. Designed as a safe and welcoming place for children to be heard, the CAC ensures that children are not further victimized by the systems intended to protect them.
Under the leadership of a group of local professionals, the Champaign County Children's Advocacy Center was established in 2000. The Center was located in east Urbana from 2001 until September 2007 when we moved to our present facility at 201 W. Kenyon Road in Champaign (the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District building).
The mission of the Children's Advocacy Center is to coordinate a timely, comprehensive, and multidisciplinary response to child sexual abuse and serious physical abuse allegations in a safe, agency-neutral, child-focused setting. The Children's Advocacy Center facilitates investigations, makes medical and treatment referrals, and assists with any consequent legal proceedings in order to protect and support the children it serves and their families. We also provide comprehensive case management and crisis intervention services for all children referred to the Center and their non-offending family members.
If you suspect abuse call your local police department, 911, or the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services at 1-800-25-ABUSE (1-800-252-2873)