Forensic interviews provide children a safe place to share their story, in their own words, to experts who will listen, protect, and help them heal.

The Will County Children's Advocacy Center assists all local law enforcement agencies in Will County and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), by conducting child-sensitive, forensic interviews.

Our forensic interviewers are specially trained to ask children a series of unbiased, non-leading questions in a one-on-one setting, to elicit information about the abuse in an age- and developmentally-appropriate manner.

The forensic interview process allows our MDT partners to observe the interview as it is being conducted. This allows for a collaborative team approach to taking the child’s statement, therefore protecting the integrity of the information gathered. It also allows investigative parties to thoroughly assess child safety issues and possible criminal offenses that may have been committed.

Help us continue to provide hope, healing & justice for abused children.

Last year, the Will County Children's Advocacy Center served more than 430 Will County children (and their non-offending family members) who were sexually abused, severely physically abused, or who had witnessed a violent crime.

Children who have been victimized, and receive services are less likely to: abuse drugs or alcohol, grow up to become victims of domestic violence, become involved in some sort of criminal activity, suffer from depression, anxiety disorders, or post-traumatic stress disorder, and/or develop suicidal ideation and self-harm.

Your financial gift can make a profound difference in changing a child’s life.