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.
Will County State's Attorney's Office
Assistant state's attorneys from the Will County State's Attorney's Office provide legal expertise to determine whether a crime 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.
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.
Local Law Enforcement Agencies
Every local police department in Will County responds to reports and investigates allegations of sexual abuse. They are responsible for collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses and alleged perpetrators, making arrests when appropriate, and helping to ensure the child and family's safety.
- Aurora Police Department
- Beecher Police Department
- Bolingbrook Police Department
- Braidwood Police Department
- Channahon Police Department
- Coal City Police Department
- Crest Hill Police Department
- Crete Police Department
- Elwood Police Department
- Frankfort Police Department
- Homer Glen Police Department
- Joliet Junior College Police Department
- Joliet Police Department
- Lemont Police Department
- Lockport Police Department
- Manhattan Police Department
- Minooka Police Department
- Mokena Police Department
- Monee Police Department
- Naperville Police Department
- New Lenox Police Department
- Orland Park Police Department
- Peotone Police Department
- Plainfield Police Department
- Rockdale Police Department
- Romeoville Police Department
- Shorewood Police Department
- Steger Police Department
- Tinley Park Police Department
- University Park Police Department
- Will County Forest Preserve Police Department
- Will County Sheriff's Department
- Wilmington Police Department
- Woodridge Police Department
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 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.
Behavioral Health Coordinator
The Behavioral Health Coordinator, employed at the Will County CAC, is a specially trained therapist with experience providing evaluation and evidence-based counseling services to children and families. She provides recommendations and referrals for counseling services that will be helpful for the child and non-offending family members.