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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Children's Advocacy Center - The Center

The Children's Center has been designed to promote a feeling of comfort and tranquility. Age appropriate interview rooms are provided at the Children's Center complete with toys that double as disclosure aids. Additionally, a separate waiting area is available to keep children occupied when they are not being interviewed.

In the past, law enforcement, child welfare, the medical community and social service agencies often worked independently. At times, the lack of coordination between these agencies resulted in disjointed delivery of services to victims.

To remedy this situation, child victims are now interviewed jointly by a team representing both law enforcement and DCFS. This team provides a sense of continuity for the child by offering consistent staff involved with the child's case. Reducing both the number of interviews and the number of professionals associated with a case lessens the trauma experienced by child victims.