The Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center is committed to providing a safe environment for child victims of abuse. The Children's Advocacy Center's goal is to investigate and help successfully prosecute offenders of child abuse without causing further trauma to the child victim. The Advocacy Center is dedicated to approaching victims of child abuse in a sensitive, respectful manner. A child victim is defined as anyone from birth to eighteen years of age. The Center will provide services to individuals beyond age eighteen when special circumstances (i.e. developmental disability) require special handling of a victim.
The Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center (LCCAC) is a safe, child-focused environment. When police or the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) believes a child is being abused, the child is brought to the LCCAC by a caregiver or other "safe" adult. At the LCCAC, the child tells their story once to a trained interviewer who knows the right questions to ask in a way that does not re-traumatize the child. A team composed of medical professionals, law enforcement, mental health, prosecution, DCFS and victim advocates make decisions together about how to help the child. Based on the interview, we offer therapy, referrals for medical exams, courtroom preparation, victim advocacy case management, and other services. This is called the Multidisciplinary TEAM (MDT) response and is a core part of the work of the LCCAC.