In 1995, Will County State’s Attorney James W. Glasgow, established the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center as a 501(c)3 charitable organization offering services and advocacy to children who are victims of sexual abuse and severe physical abuse. These services include child-sensitive interviews for law enforcement purposes, counseling, medical exams, legal advocacy and community resource referrals.
Saint Joseph Medical Center (now Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center) matched a grant from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to open the Advocacy Center in a donated office suite on the campus of Silver Cross Hospital. Edward Hospital began providing medical exams at their specialized Care Center in 2002 and continues to provide those services today.
Within a year of opening, the center was granted full membership status in the National Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, now known as the National Children’s Alliance, and earned full accreditation by 2004.
Recognizing a greater need, State’s Attorney Glasgow offered the center’s services to both Kendall and Grundy Counties until both counties were able to start their own centers (Kendall in 2007, Grundy in 2010) to serve children.
In 2013, the Paws-4-Kids pet therapy program introduced Jackson, a yellow Labrador retriever licensed through Therapy Dog International, to children who visit the center. Jackson offers furry friendship and canine comfort to children who have suffered the trauma of sexual and physical abuse.
For two decades, the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center has provided hope, healing and justice for abused children.
In 2015, Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow honored those who were instrumental in establishing the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center and/or enabling it to continue its important work:
Experience working in a multidisciplinary setting and be part of a dynamic culture of professionals who help victims of child sexual abuse to reclaim their lives.
Learn more and apply here.
If you suspect a child is being abused please call the State of Illinois Hotline:
Or call your local law enforcement.