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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Children's Advocacy Center - History

The DuPage County Children's Advocacy Center was founded in March of 1987. Its mission has been to provide a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to child sexual abuse investigations which recognizes the special needs of child victims while demanding accountability for the crime of sexual abuse.

In 1999, State's Attorney Joseph E. Birkett, the Chairman of the Children's Center Advisory Board, expanded the mission of the Center to provide the same coordinated approach to cases involving serious physical abuse of children.

In 2001, State's Attorney Birkett expanded the mission to include interviewing children who have witnessed domestic violence or violent crimes at the request of any police department or prosecutor.

The Children's Center consists of a Director, a Deputy Chief of Investigations, criminal investigators, child protective investigators on special assignment from DCFS, case managers and a division assistant.