Human Services

Friends of Knox County Child Advocacy Center Inc

GALESBURG, IL

Mission

At the CAC, we provide a timely coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child physical and sexual abuse.

Notes from the Nonprofit

Our Board is currently working on a strategic plan for the Knox County Child Advocacy Center. We look forward to posting it when it is completed!

Ruling Year

2003

Executive Director

Brooke Chesney

Main Address

139 S Cherry St.

GALESBURG, IL 61401 USA

Keywords

child abuse, advocacy, education

EIN

81-0623715

 Number

3456334169

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Protection Against and Prevention of Neglect, Abuse, Exploitation (I70)

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Programs + Results

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1 in 5 children are sexually abused before their 18th birthday. Over 90% of child abusers are people that children know. Child abuse is an epidemic. The Knox County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) helps children and families who are dealing with child abuse - either sexual abuse or serious physical abuse - by giving a child a safe place to talk about abuse where members of a multidisciplinary team (law enforcement, child protection workers, and prosecutors) can take that information to investigate the situation and help make a child safe. Once the interview is over, children still need assistance. The CAC offers case management, court advocacy, and referral services to help a child and family. The CAC offers free specialized trauma counseling to children and caregivers to help a child cope with trauma symptoms. The CAC also goes into the community and schools to help teach children what to do if they are ever abused or uncomfortable in a situation due to unsafe touching.

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The Child Advocacy Center is working to protect children who have been abused, provide counseling to help children cope with trauma symptoms, provide case management and court advocacy so children and families understand the status of their case, provide referrals to medical treatment to make sure children are healthy, and provide opportunities for children to learn about how to protect their bodies in prevention education at schools and community prevention. We hope to keep children safe if they have been abused and to prevent abuse whenever possible.

The Child Advocacy Center works with law enforcement, child protection workers, prosecutors, victim advocates, medical personnel, and counselors to make sure children and families have the resources they need to stay safe. We have a monthly meeting with the team of professionals who work on these cases to make sure we identify families who need help. We keep in touch with this team of professionals when a family calls us and needs resources or has questions about their case. We act as a central point of coordination for a family so they always know where to turn.

The Child Advocacy Center has good relationships with the professionals who work on child abuse cases. We meet with the team once a month and are in regular contact with those involved in these cases in case of a question from a family or new issue in the case. We connect families to agencies or other service organizations when they need more than what we can provide. We attend meetings monthly to know what resources are in the community to help our families and schedule meetings with other agencies to make sure we know what they do so we can help a family if they meet those criteria. We reach out to our families at least once a month to check on them, assess for new needs, and offer referrals when needed. We also attend trainings regularly to make sure we are up-to-date on the latest research and information needed to help our families.

We have measured outcomes in numbers of children and families served, services provided and offered, community assessments to make sure we are serving the populations that are in our three counties (Knox, Warren and Henderson Counties in Illinois), and we send our data to our statewide chapter, the Children's Advocacy Centers of Illinois and our accrediting body, the National Children's Alliance on a regular basis.

In 2017's fiscal year, the CAC interviewed 120 children from Knox, Warren and Henderson Counties. The CAC provided 76 children with specialized trauma counseling, and were able to offer caregiver counseling for the first time to 21 caregivers. We were also able to expand upon our services and update our office furnishings and technology with a new grant, VOCA (Victims of Crime Act). We also offered a summer day camp support group for the first time in June 2018 to 10 children.

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National Children's Alliance accreditation

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in 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?

Yes