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The Child Protection Network is a 501(c)3 organization that supports the work of the Children's Advocacy Center and the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) programs in their quest to protect children. We believe that every child has the right to a home free of abuse and neglect. 

 

We support the Children's Advocacy Centers in Mclean, Livingston, and Dewitt Counties in their endeavor to investigate crimes against children and provide support to innocent family members and the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program that recruits and trains community volunteers to be a voice for children placed in the foster care system. 

 

 

Want to do something truly meaningful?

 

Make a resolution to help a child in foster care! Become a CASA volunteer.  We will train you and stand by your side as you advocate for your child.

 

"CASA" stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate.  We train volunteers, like you, to assist children as they navigate their way through the foster care system.  You will learn to become the voice for children who often cannot speak for themselves.  You will report to the court how your child is doing and what your child needs to flourish.  

 

Children in foster care who have a CASA volunteer, like you, have a much brighter future.  They do better in school, get better health care, and find a permanent loving home faster than those children without an advocate.  YOU are the key to their bright future.

 

The 2017 Fall Training session is scheduled to begin on October 17, 2017 and will continue through November 16, 2017.  Training will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at our office.  Applications are due by August 28, 2017. 

 

For more information, contact Margie Jordan, CASA Program Director, at 309-888-5852 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

                                        Joch

 

Welcome "Joch"!

 

As of January 1, 2016, facility dogs are allowed in courtrooms to accompany child victims of sexual abuse. The comfort these animals bring is unique and profound. CPN is thrilled to have been able to provide $10,700 to help bring Joch to McLean County. CAC Director Judy Brucker, welcomed the fully trained, 2 year old labrador to the center last year and states "Best practice research shows that kids do well if they are feeling comforted at a time when they are anxious and they've experienced some sort of trauma."

 

 

Update on Joch (May 2017)......Joch has greeted and comforted at 100 children in the 9 Months he has been at the CAC.  These interactions have included interactions before and after a forensic interview, before and after a counseling session with our therapist and court prep.  Joch has assisted in multiple court preps, including one out of town.  He has visited the courthouse on occassion to sit with the child while they wait to testify and/or while they wait for a verdict from the jury.  The amount of comfort and joy Joch has brought to the children he has had contact with is immeasurable.  To see the faces of these children, who have been betrayed and violated by people they love and trust, light up and smile when they see Joch is a true testament to the important work Joch does here at the CAC.  

 

 

 Darkness to Light Training

 

Darkness to Light is a nationally recognized program that teaches adults how to responsibly respond to concerns regarding child abuse. The staff of the CAC/CASA Program are accredited trainers and provide this 2 1/2 hour training to community members 4 times a year. Please contact CAC/CASA office at 309-888-5656 to make a reservation. Training is offered FREE.

 

Upcoming Training dates for the 2017 calendar year include:

 

November 15  4-6:30pm

 

 

 

For CASA Information: Please contact CAC/CASA office at 309-888-5656 or visit website at:  www.mcleancountyil.gov/childadvocacy 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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