Multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) are the foundation of our response to allegations of child abuse.

Without a CAC, a child may end up having to tell the worst story of their life repeatedly to those trying to help – like doctors, lawyers, judges, and officers.  However, with the CAC, children come to our safe and child-friendly environment where they tell what happened to a trained forensic interviewer who knows how to ask questions in a way that does not traumatize the child.

Before the interview, during the interview, and post interview, our multidisciplinary team (MDT) of professionals work together to make decisions about how to help the alleged victim and their family throughout the case. The MDT response to child abuse is at the core of the CAC’s work.

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

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.


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.


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 multidisciplinary team observes via closed circuit TV in a nearby observation room. The Forensic Interviewer's training and skill ensures that reliable information is elicited from the child in a legally, clinically, and culturally sound manner.

Trauma-Focused Therapists

The Trauma-Focused 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.

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

Last year, the Will County Children's Advocacy Center served more than 700 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.

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