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Childrens Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County

Healing children one story at a time.

aka CAC   |   Hoffman Estates, IL   |  www.cachelps.org

Mission

Serving as the leading resource to empower and heal children and families who have experienced abuse and prevent violence against children. The Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County serves the 38 communities of north and northwest Cook County.

Ruling year info

1994

Chief Executive Officer

Melanie Pignotti

Main address

640 Illinois Blvd

Hoffman Estates, IL 60169 USA

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EIN

36-3711203

NTEE code info

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Forensic & Advocacy Services (FAS)

The FAS team assists local Law Enforcement and Child Protective Services investigators by conducting Forensic Interviews for children making an outcry of abuse. The goal of a forensic interview is to elicit detailed facts from children in a neutral, child friendly, age appropriate manner.

This unique core program brings together law enforcement, child/family investigators, the State's Attorney's Office, and CAC staff in a coordinated way to investigate reports of sexual or severe physical abuse. We use this team approach to conduct one legally sound interview in a safe, comfortable environment, which helps minimize trauma to the child and leads to better outcomes. Each family is assigned a CAC Advocate who provides crisis intervention, court advocacy, case management, connections to therapy, and/or any other needed services. Instead of being left in crisis not knowing what to do next, families can begin moving toward the path of healing.

Population(s) Served

We provide evidence-based, trauma-informed individual and family counseling for child survivors of abuse and their non-offending family members. Our therapists meet with families in crisis and create a comprehensive, individualized plan to help put the pieces of their life back together. We are extensively trained in trauma and sexual abuse. The goal is to reduce abuse-related symptoms experienced by the child and their family and to prevent additional abuse following the initial report.

Population(s) Served

This program creates a community-based system for preventing and treating the harmful effects of exposure to violence on children, birth to age 5, and their families. Services include specialized assessments, trauma-informed therapy, and community. Most children in the program are 3-5 years old. We are one of the only programs in the area that specializes in working with this young population.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Childrens Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County

Board of directors
as of 04/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Roy Piccucia

Board leadership practices

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/11/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/24/2023

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.