Our Team Provides Hope, Healing & Justice
Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow established the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center in 1995 to provide hope, healing and justice for children who have endured severe physical abuse, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, neglect, and exposure to violence.
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.
Multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) comprised of law enforcement, DCFS investigators, medical personnel, prosecutors, and Will County CAC forensic interviewers, family advocates, and trauma therapists provide:
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.
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).
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 After-Hours/Emergency Phone: 815/641-7986
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.