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Our Team Provides Hope, Healing & Justice

Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow established the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center in 1995 as a child-focused, coordinated response center to provide hope, healing and justice for children who have endured severe physical abuse, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, neglect, and exposure to violence.

About Us

Along with our multidisciplinary team (MDT) partners, we are front-line responders to severe physical abuse, sexual abuse, commercial exploitation, neglect & exposure to violence of children, ages 3-17, in Will County, Illinois. 

Our Services

Multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) comprised of law enforcement, DCFS investigators, medical personnel, prosecutors, and Will County CAC forensic interviewers, family advocates, and trauma therapists provide:

Support Us

In 1999, FRIENDS OF THE WILL COUNTY CAC - a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization was created to accept donations from caring and generous individuals, businesses, and organizations. We rely on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to provide our critical services — at no charge to children and families in need.​

A Mom's Experience

I was deeply in love with an intelligent, romantic, charismatic & handsome man that I married after years of dating. My children were crazy about their stepfather, who was dedicated, loving, patient, understanding & attentive as a father & husband.

When I returned home from a hospitalization that left my husband in charge of the kids and house, my daughter told me that her stepfather sexually molested her while I was gone. I felt as if I had walked into a living nightmare.

At the CAC, I was given all the support, education, advocacy, information & direction that I could want. They walked me through the difficult process. They provided counseling for my children & me, & they advocated for us in the legal & DCFS maze.

Thanks to the Will County CAC, my children and I have begun to heal. We are taking back our power, and our self-esteem and dignity have returned.

The Will County CAC staff are fierce & tireless advocates for victims of abuse & their families. They are nothing short of angels on earth & I am very grateful for the work, time, energy & sincere caring & passion they pour into their work every day. 

We depend on the help of generous donors to carry out our life-changing mission.

Please make a secure, online donation to support our programs that provide HOPE, HEALING & JUSTICE for children who have endured sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, sexual exploitation, child pornography, neglect and exposure to violence.

Fully Accredited Since 2004

NEWS FROM THE WILL COUNTY CAC

COVID 19 Was No Bar for the Call to Help Children

July 8, 2021

COVID-19 affected Will County nonprofits in unique ways. Here’s how Will County Children’s Advocacy Center in Joliet addressed it.  …

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State’s Attorney Glasgow Announces Will County Children’s Advocacy Center Earns Reaccreditation by National Children’s Alliance

June 24, 2021

  JOLIET, IL –  Will County State’s Attorney James W. Glasgow announced today that the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center…

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State’s Attorney Glasgow Announces Will County Children’s Advocacy Center Receives Three Grants Totaling $604,000

July 8, 2020

  JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced today that the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) has been selected to receive three grants for…

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State’s Attorney Glasgow Announces Prosecutor Jeff Brown Elected Vice President of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois Board of Directors

May 18, 2020

Joliet – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that Jeff Brown, an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Sex Crimes…

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State’s Attorney Glasgow Announces $450,000 Federal Grant For Will County Children’s Advocacy Center

November 25, 2019

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced today that the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) has been…

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Will County Children's Advocacy Center Honors Several Heroes

October 9, 2019

‘Real Heroes Don’t Wear Capes’ featured keynote speaker Scott Cross who broke his four-decade silence to courageously testify that former…

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Joliet Golf Club Chef Returns to Defend MEN WHO COOK 1st Place Win

August 11, 2019

  NASCAR fans don’t often find duck confit quesadillas on the menu at racetracks, but visitors to last year’s Men…

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First Secure Community Bank to Bring a Taste of the Blues Brothers to 11th Annual MEN WHO COOK – Presented by CITGO

August 11, 2019

  (JOLIET, IL)    First Secure Community Bank will bring a taste of the Blues Brothers when they serve up…

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Will County Children’s Advocacy Center Receives $75,000 Grant To Expand Resources For Child Sex Trafficking, Child Pornography Victims

July 4, 2019

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow has announced that the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center was recently awarded…

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Children’s Advocacy Center to Offer Trauma-Focused Counseling in Eastern Will County

June 8, 2019

Register to Attend Trauma-Focused Child & Family Therapy OPEN HOUSE  JOLIET— When Will County Board Member Laurie Summers (D-Crete) learned…

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Will County Children’s Advocacy Center Welcomes New Board Member, Receives $2,500 Donation from Frankfort Township

April 26, 2019

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced today that Chris Brown, Government Affairs Manager for CITGO Petroleum, has…

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Will County Children’s Advocacy Center Bids Farewell to Board Member Joe Kocek

January 25, 2019

JOLIET – The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center yesterday honored Joe Kocek, a retired Tinley Park Police Commander who is…

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Glen Marcum Service Award to be presented to Pipefitters Local 597

September 16, 2018

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow will honor Pipefitters Local 597 with the Glen Marcum Selfless Dedication To Community Service…

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State’s Attorney Glasgow, Children’s Advocacy Center host countywide summit to end child sex trafficking

September 10, 2018

State’s Attorney James Glasgow hosted a Child Sex Trafficking Summit on Friday to outline strategies to end the horrific exploitation…

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10th annual MEN WHO COOK fundraiser features new Chicagoland Speedway location; professional/commercial cook category added

July 11, 2018

State’s Attorney Glasgow to present Glen Marcum Award to Pipefitters Local 597 JOLIET – The organizers for MEN WHO COOK,…

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Will County Children’s Advocacy Center receives $75,00 federal grant to expand resources for victims of child trafficking, child pornography

May 24, 2018

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow is pleased to announce that the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center has…

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Silver Cross CEO brings vast experience, passion for protecting children to Will County Children’s Advocacy Center Board

April 5, 2018

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow is pleased to announce the appointment of Ruth Colby, President and CEO…

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R.A.C.E. Foundation makes $1,500 contribution to Will County Children’s Advocacy Center

March 30, 2018

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow recently thanked the team at Chicagoland Speedway’s R.A.C.E. Foundation for a $1,500…

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Will County State’s Attorney Glasgow and Children’s Advocacy Center Hosting Jan. 16 Community Blood Drive

December 22, 2017

  In honor of late SAO investigator, Jim Stewart, a dedicated blood donor. LOCATION: Will County Children’s Advocacy Center, 304 N. Scott…

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Shorewood Police make generous $3,000 contribution to Will County Children’s Advocacy Center

December 14, 2017

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow welcomed a recent visit by Shorewood Police Department members who presented a…

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State’s Attorney Glasgow, Will County Children’s Advocacy Center to host training on recognizing signs of child sex trafficking

November 17, 2017

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow will deliver the welcoming comments to a one-day training session that will…

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State’s Attorney Glasgow thanks Crest Hill Police Association for donating golf outing proceeds to Will County Children’s Advocacy Center

November 9, 2017

JOLIET – The Crest Hill Police Association continued its generous and longstanding support for the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center…

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ITW, United Way volunteers paint interior of new Children’s Advocacy Center

October 16, 2017

The Herald-News – October 16, 2017 Link to originally published article: https://www.willcountycac.org/owner-of-joliet-insurance-agency-is-first-time-participant-in-men-who-cook-joe-garbin-cooks-for-the-love-of-cooking/?fl_builder Volunteers from ITW Deltar Fasteners in Frankfort and United Way…

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Will County Children’s Advocacy Center receives $425,000 grant to expand services to victims of child sexual abuse

August 24, 2017

JOLIET— Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow thanked the Will County Board for its unanimous vote to increase funding for…

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AT&T contributes $3,000 to Will County Children’s Advocacy Center through new Corporate Partnership Program

August 15, 2017

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow was pleased recently to accept a $3,000 contribution on behalf of the…

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Leopardo helps to launch Will County Children’s Advocacy Center’s Corporate Partnership Program with $10,000 contribution

May 23, 2017

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow was pleased recently to accept a $10,000 contribution on behalf of the…

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Ninth annual Men Who Cook draws largest, hungriest crowd in its history, shatters fundraising record for Will County Children’s Advocacy Center

March 30, 2017

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announces that the 9th annual Men Who Cook culinary competition to benefit…

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State’s Attorney Glasgow establishes community service award honoring Glen Marcum; first award to be presented at Men Who Cook

March 22, 2017

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announces that he has established a new award named after long-time Joliet-area…

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Owner of Joliet insurance agency is first-time participant in Men Who Cook: Joe Garbin cooks for the love of cooking

March 9, 2017

By DENISE M. BARAN–UNLAND dunland@shawmedia.com The Herald-News Link to original story: https://www.willcountycac.org/owner-of-joliet-insurance-agency-is-first-time-participant-in-men-who-cook-joe-garbin-cooks-for-the-love-of-cooking/?fl_builder JOLIET – Joe Garbin cooks because he likes…

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Herb Brooks, Rita Gray named to Will County Children’s Advocacy Center Board

November 20, 2016

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announces that County Board Member Herb Brooks Jr. and Dr. Rita Gray…

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State’s Attorney Glasgow thanks Crest Hill Police Association for generous support of Will County Children’s Advocacy Center through golf outing

November 3, 2016

JOLIET – The Crest Hill Police Association has presented Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow with a $1,500 check to…

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Channahon mayor elected to board of Will County Children’s Advocacy Center

August 17, 2016

By SHAW MEDIA Original Story Link – http://www.theherald-news.com/2016/08/17/channahon-mayor-elected-to-board-of-will-county-childrens-advocacy-center/aa3newb/?__xsl=/print.xsl JOLIET – Channahon Mayor Missey Moorman Schumacher has been elected to the…

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Will County Children’s Advocacy Center earns re-accreditation from the National Children’s Alliance: recognizes Center for ongoing delivery of high-quality, effective services to child abuse victims

January 30, 2016

JOLIET – The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center has been awarded re-accreditation by National Children’s Alliance following an extensive application…

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Will County Children’s Advocacy Center victim interviews increasing: forensic interviewer hits career milestone

January 17, 2016

By BRIAN STANLEY – bstanley@shawmedia.com THE HERALD NEWS JOLIET – Jaclyn Lundquist can’t explain why she’s able to bond quickly…

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Will County Children’s Advocacy Center honors three contributors at 20th anniversary celebration

October 27, 2015

By VIKAAS SHANKER – vshanker@shawmedia.com The Herald-News Link to original story – http://www.theherald-news.com/2015/10/28/will-county-childrens-advocacy-center-honors-three-contributors-at-20th-anniversary-celebration/av9u3l8/ JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James…

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Will County state’s attorney’s program helps children who have been sexually abused

October 27, 2015

By: Alicia Fabbre, Daily Southtown Original link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-childrens-advocacy-center-st-1028-20151027-story.html The Will County’s Children’s Advocacy Center is celebrating it’s 20th year with…

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Will County Children’s Advocacy Center to celebrate 20 years of service to abused children with Oct. 27 Rialto event

October 8, 2015

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow invites the public to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the founding of…

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Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO moves to Joliet Children’s Advocacy Center

August 19, 2015

By FELIX SARVER – fsarver@shawmedia.com The Herald-News Original Story Link – http://www.theherald-news.com/2015/08/18/big-brothers-big-sisters-ceo-moves-to-joliet-childrens-advocacy-center/afjmrzy/ JOLIET — Lisa Morel Las said the only…

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Lisa Morel Las to take helm at Will County Children’s Advocacy Center

August 18, 2015

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announces that Lisa Morel Las has been selected to take the helm…

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If you suspect a child is being abused call 911 or the 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-25-ABUSE (1-800-252-287) or TTY 1-800-358-5117.

If you believe a child is in immediate danger of harm, call 911 first. In non-emergency situations, mandated reporters may report suspected child abuse or neglect using the Online Reporting System. For more information about the guidelines for reporting child abuse or neglect, read the 'Care Enough to Call' brochure in English, Español or Chinese (中国).

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All children receiving services at the Will County Children's Advocacy Center MUST be referred by either a police department, or the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). 

Address: 304 N. Scott Street, Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: 815.774.4565 | Fax: 815.774-4569
Law Enforcement & DCFS Only Emergency Phone: 815/641-7986

Email: cac@willcountyillinois.com

Families may park for free, in the on-street parking spaces located in FRONT of the building. Do NOT park in the fenced parking lots on either side of the building -- they don't belong to us, and you will be towed.


 

Will County Children's Advocacy Center - Hope, Healing & Justice for Abused Children