Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a timely coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child physical and sexual abuse.

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The Knox County Child Advocacy Center is accepting resumes for MDT Coordinator/Forensic Interviewer.  This job requires a Bachelor's degree, experience in social services or law enforcement (or an equivalent), and great communication skills.  If you are interested, please contact the CAC Director, Brooke Chesney, at 309-344-8416 or director@paladincac.org.


Job Description - MDT Coordinator/Forensic Interviewer

The Knox County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in Galesburg, IL is hiring a Forensic Interviewer/MDT Coordinator. The CAC is a safe place for children to come talk about abuse when law enforcement or DCFS is concerned about them. Together, all the disciplines that work to help children who have been abused come together with the CAC to provide investigation, treatment, counseling, and advocacy to victims of child abuse and the non-offending caretakers.

Multidisciplinary Team Coordinator/Forensic Interviewer: (Full-time, 35 hours)
The Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Coordinator facilitates a coordinated approach in the investigation of child abuse and neglect. The primary role of the MDT Coordinator is to coordinate forensic interviews of child abuse victims as well as promote the utilization of the Child Advocacy Center in accordance with team protocol. This position works closely with law enforcement, child protective services, prosecutors, medical and mental health professionals, and others who may be involved during the course of child abuse/neglect investigations to promote communication, coordination, and accountability across agency lines. The MDT Coordinator is responsible for coordination of CAC Case Reviews and provides trainings to law enforcement, child protection investigators, and other professionals.

Education requirements: Master’s degree in the field of psychology, social work, criminal justice, or similar field, OR a Bachelor’s degree with at least one year of experience in law enforcement or child protection investigations.  Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and college transcripts to Brooke Chesney at director@paladincac.org.

Prevention Education

Preschool, Primary and Intermediate Age 
Children’s Body Safety Program
This school-based prevention education program is designed to educate children say "No," Go, and Tell an adult if they experience any unsafe touches or attempted touches. The program focuses on four primary areas: body safety, personal boundaries, appropriate touches and awareness. It includes discussion of inappropriate touching and other elements of personal safety.

Darkness 2 Light Stewards of Children Program
This new approach to child sexual abuse prevention targets parents and adults who work with children in settings such as PTA, parent groups, churches and scouting organizations. Darkness 2 Light has developed “7 Steps to Protecting Our Children”, which teaches simple, proactive ways to help protect children from sexual abuse. To learn more about this program, check out their web site: www.darkness2light.org.

Mandated Reporter Training
Center staff provide mandated reporter training to area school and child care personnel, and law enforcement.

Internet Safety
This program is designed for junior high and high school aged students. The topics covered in this program are sexting, social networks, and how to stay safe on the internet. If you want more information on these topics, go to www.netsmartz.org.

Prevention Educator
If you are interested in one of the prevention programs listed above, please contact Paladin Child Advocacy Center at 309-344-8416.

Help for Kids


If you came to this page looking for help, we hope this information brought you hope and options.  If you or a friend are in a bad situation, know that you are not alone.  There are people who can help.  If you or someone you know is being abused, talk to your teacher, school counselor, or law enforcement officer, or anyone else you trust.

Some may have various reasons for not trusting law enforcement or Department of Child and Family Services.  However, whatever the reasons, these professionals can help stop the abuse.  If you need to talk to someone about unsafe touching by anyone in your life, call local law enforcement or the DCFS hotline.

Call us at 1-309-344-8416.

If you are considering running away from home or you have already run away, you can call the National Runaway Switchboard at 1-800-621-4000 for help.  Someone will be available to talk to you at any time day or night.

If you are feeling hopeless, there is hope and help.  Call to the National Youth Crisis Hotline at 1-800-442-4673.

If you know a child is in danger, report abuse by calling the DCFS Hotline at 1-800-25-ABUSE.

If you are in serious danger, call 911 and ask for help.

Recovering from Abuse

Child victims who receive services through the CAC will have access to specialized counseling services. The CAC contracts with Monarch Trauma Counseling Center to provide trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy to help children heal.

 
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