Children's Advocacy Center
We believe every child that has been abused deserves a safe place to be heard.
Report suspected child abuse or neglect:
Se habla español. Por favor, llama nosotros: 815-758-8616.
Why do we do what we do?
One-in-four girls and one-in-seven boys are sexually abused before their 18th birthday. Since 2002, Children's Advocacy Center has helped over 1,800 such children living in DeKalb County.
The CAC not only coordinates investigations of child sexual and physical abuse allegations, we also provide holistic and life-changing interventions for the children and their families.
We have the privilege of providing prevention services to students and child abuse education to adults.
For more information, or to request a presentation, please email Holly Peifer, Director of Children's Advocacy Center, or call 815-758-8616.
The Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) acts as a neutral, third-party hub whose purpose is coordinating services and safe, child-sensitive support to children and their non-offending family members.
Research shows the CAC's one-time interview with a specially trained forensic interviewer relieves some of the additional trauma the child would experience with several separate interviews.
The CAC also provides:
Referrals for medical treatment
Referrals for counseling and caregiver education through the Center for Counseling
In-person support during court proceedings
Community prevention and awareness presentations
Coordinated Investigation tracker: 138 Cases since July 1, 2018
Contact your legislator NOW to ensure we remove this barrier to victims reporting child sexual abuse!
The #1 factor in helping to heal a child who is the victim of abuse is a supportive parent. Our FREE Caregiver Education Program helps build a child's protective factors by helping parents understand child abuse accommodation syndrome. Non-offending caregivers will receive FREE sessions with a professional counselor to help educate and support them through this time. We are here to help. All you have to do is allow us.
Call the Center for Counseling to set up an appointment at 815-758-8616
Visit our Staff Page to see a list of our CAC Staff.