We understand this is a very difficult time, likely prompting strong and confusing emotions. Determining what happened to your child and what to do next is often overwhelming. We are here to offer prompt support to your family and child and to reduce the number of times your child will have to re-disclose. Your child is brave for coming forward, and in finding a resolution for their trauma, our goal is to reduce the opportunity for protective systems to cause more.
Steps for Our Investigations
- Suspected Abuse is reported to law enforcement and/or the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
- Child interviews are conducted at the Children’s Advocacy Center.
- Medical exams are conducted, if necessary.
- Law enforcement and DCFS conduct their individual investigations
- A team of professionals will meet to discuss the case and decide how to manage it. The team consists of State Attorneys (prosecutors), law enforcement officers, DCFS investigators, social workers, medical practitioners, and mental health professionals.
- The case may be referred to Criminal or Juvenile Court.
Let us offer a helpful tip: While the investigation may move at a reasonable pace, the legal system does not. Various proceedings may retrigger emotional wounds, as they occur over several months, and often court dates can be repeatedly delayed. We ask for patience with this process, which was designed to protect the rights of the accused, not the victim. Try and remember, in the end, our team will always be focused on the best outcome for you and your child.