In April 2013, the Children's Justice Division was created in an effort to better coordinate response to cases involving the children. The division encompasses not only felony cases but also misdemeanor, juvenile delinquency, juvenile abuse and neglect and child support cases.
The Children's Justice Division also works with various agencies and groups outside of the State's Attorney's Office including U.S. Attorney's Office, Illinois Attorney General's Office and the Madison County Child AdvocacyThe Madison County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) provides professional intervention and supportive services to fight child abuse. Most importantly, the CAC provides a safe haven for children to talk about the physical or sexual abuse they may have experienced and to help in limiting the number of times a child has to be interviewed. Before the CAC opened, a child who was a victim or witnessed a violent crime would often be interviewed by 8 to 12 different people before the case went to trial. Because of the CAC, abused children no longer have to endure such a strenuous interviewing process and authorities are better able to prosecute abuse cases.
The mission of the Madison County Child Advocacy Center is to provide a professional and child-friendly environment to assist in the investigation of allegations of child abuse, provide access to services and treatment for victims and their families and raise awareness within the community.
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