Multidisciplinary Teams (MDT) are the foundation of the Will County Children's Advocacy Center's response to allegations of child abuse. An MDT is a group of professionals from distinct disciplines that collaborates from the point of a report of abuse, throughout a child and family’s involvement with the CAC. MDT members include: prosecutors, law enforcement detectives, DCFS investigators, forensic interviewers, victim advocates, medical professionals, and mental health therapists.

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Will County State's Attorney's Office

Prosecutors from the Will County State's Attorney's Office provide legal expertise to determine whether the case is able to be prosecuted. They use information collected by the Will County Children's Advocacy Center's forensic interviews to support prosecution of alleged perpetrators.

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Care Center at Edward Hospital

When appropriate, children are referred to Dr. Sangita Rangala at the specialized Care Center at Edward Hospital for a thorough child sexual assault examination and evaluation.

Family Advocates

Family Advocates, employed at the Will County CAC, are the link between the child, non-offending family members, and the MDT members. They ensure that children and families get the culturally-sensitive support, education and resources they need to help them overcome the trauma of abuse. Advocates provide a critical role in connecting them with resources in the community to address needs including domestic violence, housing, clothing, food, financial assistance, and legal assistance. They complete a screening tool to assess children’s mental health and provide linkages to services as needed. Advocates maintain contact with clients on their path to healing and continue to empower them to obtain the resources and services they need to lead healthy lives.

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Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)

Investigators from the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) work closely with the Will County Children's Advocacy Center's staff to ensure the well-being of child victims, including developing protective plans to ensure children’s safety while the investigation is ongoing.

Forensic Interviewer

Forensic Interviewers, employed at the Will County CAC, have specialized training in conducting interviews of children who may have been abused or witnessed serious crimes. They speak with children about their experience while the rest of the team observes from behind a one-way mirror. The Interviewer's training and skill ensures that reliable information is elicited from the child in a legally, clinically, and culturally sound manner.

Mental Health Therapists

The Mental Health Therapists employed at the Will County CAC, have specialized training experience and providing evidence-based. trauma-informed counseling services to children and families. They provide recommendations and referrals for counseling services that will be helpful for the child and non-offending family members.