Only the victim(s) and one caregiver at the CAC for the interview. All others will be asked to wait in their vehicle.
CAC staff will call the caregiver before the interview and gather intake information reduce time spent in close proximity.
Staff will complete a checklist on the phone to confirm the clients have not been exposed to the coronavirus
Day of the interview, the checklist will be repeated.
If any symptoms are present, the interview will be rescheduled.
CAC staff will ask if the caregiver/victim(s): has a fever, cough, or shortness of breath or other illness. We will confirm if they had been out of the country, or if they have had a possible exposure.
Hand sanitizer will be in the waiting area and observation room for anyone entering the CAC.
Appropriate social distancing will be practiced. All furniture, doorknobs, desks, computers, meeting tables will be cleaned after every interview.
We are taking every precaution to keep clients, caregivers, team members and staff safe and healthy.
Everyone who comes to the Children's Advocacy Center is required to wear their own face covering.
The mission of the Rock Island County Children’s Advocacy Center is to reduce trauma to children utilizing multi-disciplinary team investigations of abuse.
We serve children under the age of 18 who have been the victim of sexual or physical abuse. All children are referred by Law Enforcement or the Department of Children and Family Services to be interviewed at our center about the abuse. The purpose is to coordinate and track the investigations, medical treatment, counseling referrals, prosecution and training in order to protect the best interest of the victims and their families.
What is a Children's Advocacy Center?
To understand what a Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) is, you must understand what children face without one. Without a CAC, the child may end up having to tell the worst story of his or her life over and over again, to doctors, law enforcement, lawyers, therapists, investigators, judges, and others. They may have to talk about that traumatic experience in a police station where they think they might be in trouble, or may be asked the wrong questions by a well-meaning teacher or other adult that could hurt the case against the abuser.
When police or Department of Children and Family Services believe a child is being abused, the child is brought to the CAC—a safe, child-focused environment—by a caregiver or other “safe” adult. At the CAC, the child tells their story once to a trained interviewer who knows the right questions to ask in a way that does not retraumatize the child. Then, a team that includes medical professionals, law enforcement, mental health, prosecution, child protective services, victim advocacy, and other professionals make decisions together about how to help the child based on the interview. CACs offer therapy and medical exams, plus courtroom preparation, victim advocacy, case management, and other services. This is called the multidisciplinary team (MDT) response and is a core part of the work of CACs.
Without CACs, children would have to speak to 10-12 different people during an investigation of child abuse, repeating their story many times. Since the creation of CACs, children are able to visit the CAC and talk to one person while the MDT views the interview & coordinates the investigation.