The type of interviews conducted at Braveheart CAC is called forensic. This means they are neutral and fact finding. Braveheart CAC has a trained and licensed forensic interviewer on site who has been in the social work field for over 30 years that helps our child victims through what could be the worst times in their little lives in a professional manner.
The Braveheart Advocates maintains contact with the family throughout the life of their case, which at times may last up to two years, or as long as the family requests. Braveheart works cooperatively with agency service providers to make referrals based on the needs of the child and their family. Our kiddos come first in Braveheart’s eyes!
Henry and Bureau County offices provide specialized mental health on site at NO COST to clients or families from all five counties. Braveheart CAC also provides referrals for mental health/therapy providers throughout the five county areas.
The Executive Director works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the stability of Braveheart CAC’. Countless hours are spend making sure that we can be the best children’s advocacy center we can be through grant writing, leadership, budgeting, etc.
The MDT Coordinator at Braveheart CAC assists the child victim advocate by updating the status of our cases on a continual basis, advocating for our families concerns/needs with multidisciplinary team members/service providers, and provides emotional support to all MDT members in all five county areas.
Braveheart CAC’s team members consist of law enforcement, DCFS, State’s Attorney’s Offices, medical partners, and other recourses in the area that our families might need. Because we serve five counties in Illinois, we must be in communication with each discipline on a daily basis.
Are you a mandated reporter? Everyone who suspects child abuse should report it to law enforcement and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. But, if you are a mandated reporter, you are required by law to report abuse. Braveheart recommends mandated reporters review how to recognize and report abuse every year. For a free training, go here: https://www.dcfstraining.org/manrep/index.jsp