The Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center coordinates the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse cases. The center is able to reduce the trauma to child victims by utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach which includes the Department of Children and Family Services, Law Enforcement, the State’s Attorney’s Office, and the medical and mental health communities.
How to Make a Report of Child Abuse
To report a case of child abuse, please call 1-800-252-2873
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
If your report does not meet the criteria of the Hotline, please contact your local police department to make a report.
The Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center is dedicated to providing a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to child sexual abuse investigations which recognizes the special needs of child victims while demanding accountability for the crime of child sexual abuse/assault.
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History of Child Advocacy Centers
The National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville, AL, a program that opened in 1985, served as the model for the Sangamon County Center, as well as now nearly 600 children’s advocacy centers across the country. Each community starting a Child Advocacy Center first had to convince the child welfare professionals, law enforcement, and prosecutors to overhaul how the criminal justice system responded to child victims. Sangamon County professionals were asked to do the very same thing when the model was introduced to them in 1987.