State's Attorney's Office: Child Advocacy Center
The Child Advocacy Center is responsible for investigating and prosecuting cases involving interfamily and caretaker sexual abuse, cases involving severe physical abuse of children, and other cases involving child sensitive circumstances.
The Child Advocacy Center operates on a team approach with investigators from the Peoria Police Department, DCFS, prosecutors from the State's Attorney's Office, and a case coordinator who acts as a victim/witness advocate.
Child advocacy cases are heard in juvenile court in abuse and neglect proceedings and delinquency proceedings, and in adult criminal proceedings. The objective of the Child Advocacy Center is to provide a single set of persons to handle a case from start to finish. This team approach allows for each involved agency (police department, State's Attorney's Office, DCFS) to proceed through cases together rather than commence separate investigations and reviews of traumatic events involving children, which avoids the need for children to endlessly repeat the telling of the events.