Illinois’ children’s advocacy centers are being saluted for their work. These organizations help prevent child abuse across the state, and George Sheldon, the director of the Department of Children and Family Services, says they’re valuable.
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“As I understand it, there are 37 CACs around the state of Illinois, in 92 of 102 counties,” said Sheldon, who is new to Illinois, having just arrived from Florida. “That’s a remarkable outreach that really assists us in better providing services.”  In 2014, these 37 children’s advocacy centers conducted 5,400 forensic interviews, including 2,000 on behalf of law enforcement. These led to 1,856 substantiations of child abuse at DCFS, and 1,750 arrests.