Chicago Children's Advocacy Center (Chicago, IL)


  • Name:Alyson Kruse
  • Title:Foundation Relations Officer

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Chicago Children's Advocacy Center
  • Address:1240 S. Damen Ave
    Chicago, IL 60608
    United States

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  • Main phone:3124923700

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  • Mission:
  • At ChicagoCAC, we believe that freedom from abuse and exploitation is a basic human right and strive to always provide the highest standard of care to the children and families that come to the Center. ChicagoCAC’s mission is to unite public, private and community partners to ensure the safety, health and well-being of abused children in the City of Chicago.

  • Overview:
  • ChicagoCAC is a public-private partnership between a nonprofit agency and the public agencies that respond to reports of child abuse and assault in Chicago – the Chicago Police Department, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Cook County State's Attorney's Office, and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. Professionals from all five partner agencies work together in a child-friendly facility to investigate reports of child abuse and protect suspected victims.

    Since opening in 2001, we have served over 30,000 children. Our unique partnership facilitates a child-focused investigative process that preserves and protects the evidence that supports child abuse allegations while providing abused children with a safe place to share their story in their own words to experts who will listen to them. The trauma-informed environment at the Center allows ChicagoCAC staff and partners to ensure that children and families get the critical support and appropriate trauma resources they need.

    ChicagoCAC responds to approximately 2,000 reports of sexual abuse and 200 reports of severe physical abuse per year. Most of the children ChicagoCAC serves (76%) are female, 49% identify as African-American, 29% identify as Latino, 14% identify as Caucasian and 8% identify as other. An estimated 80% of clients are low-income, and approximately 5% of children have an emotional or developmental disability. In addition, 29% are 0-6 years old, 39% are 7-12 years old and 32% are 13-18 years old.

  • History:
  • Former Mayor Richard M. Daley established ChicagoCAC in 1998 to fundamentally change the child abuse and assault response and treatment systems in Chicago. ChicagoCAC opened in August 2001 and, each year, serves over 2,000 children who are reported to authorities as suspected victims of sexual abuse/assault (ages 0-17) or severe physical abuse (ages 0-3).

    ChicagoCAC is a model for other children’s advocacy centers and multidisciplinary first responder programs in urban areas throughout the country. It serves one of the largest client populations in the country among children’s advocacy centers and is one of the few to co-house all partner agencies on-site. In addition, it is one of only a handful of children’s advocacy centers to include a mental health program or do clinical assessments on-site.

  • Year established:1998
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:21
  • Advisory board size:31
  • Staff size:55


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
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