About CACI

The Children's Advocacy Centers of Illinois (CACI) is dedicated to the development and growth of Illinois' Children's Advocacy Centers. CACI accomplishes this by offering its members a cadre of services which are rooted in the not-for-profit organization's driving principles: leadership, education and collaboration.

Established in 1995, CACI is the network that coordinates and provides a comprehensive response to child abuse in Illinois. As the leading resource on child abuse issues, CACI stays abreast of the latest research and literature in the child abuse field, as well as the most child-friendly approaches in investigation and treatment of child abuse.

CACI is dedicated to the multidisciplinary, child advocacy approach and a coordinated, comprehensive response to child abuse. To that end, CACI offers discipline-specific trainings to its members throughout the year; CACI seeks opportunities to collaborate with partner agencies, such as the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Illinois Attorney General's Office, on education and public policy issues; and CACI guides its members on "best practices" in the field.

CACI is an accredited chapter of the National Children's Alliance. Accreditation standards include:

  • Organizational Capacity: CACI implements sound administrative practices in both programming and fiscal operations.
  • Membership: CACI works with its members to collect and provide vital statistical information. CACI provides services that support and encourage its members to meet and exceed the 10 standards required for their national accreditation.
  • Training and Technical Assistance: CACI provides training and program support to developing and existing Children's Advocacy Centers throughout Illinois.
  • Legislative Advocacy: CACI works collaboratively with its membership and partner agencies to advocate for and oppose new laws that will support and protect child victims of abuse and their families.

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Education & Training

  • Forensic Interviewing
  • Advocacy
  • Mental Health
  • Customized Multidisciplinary Team Training
  • Case Review
  • Building Resiliency on a MDT
  • Mentoring Opportunities
  • Discipline Specific Training for Allied Professionals on a MDT

Legislative Representation

  • Policy Development
  • Bill Monitoring

Organization Capacity Building

  • Board of Directors Training
  • Staff Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Fund Development
  • Conflict Resolution

Technical Services

  • Protocol Development
  • Grant Writing
  • Policy and Procedure Development
  • Accreditation Application and Preparation
  • Children's Advocacy Center Development


Jeffrey Brown - President

Assistant State's Attorney, Sex Crimes Unit - Animal Cruelty Prosecutor - Facility Dog Handler

Office of Will County State's Attorney James W. Glasgow

Amber Clayborne - Vice-President


Kerengende Foundation

Chris Hankins - Treasurer

Assistant Business Manager

I.B.E.W. local 309

Tony Kolbeck - Secretary

Hospital and Provider Services Bureau Chief

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services

L. Kaye DeSelms Dent - Board Member

Attorney At Law

Dent Law Office

Verleaner R. Lane, MA - Board Member

Project Coordinator

Project Child

Michelle Mussman - Board Member

Illinois State Representative

56th District

Chris Tennyson - Board Member

Assistant Regional Superintendent of Schools

ROE #47

Mike Williams - Past Interim President/ Past Treasurer


Former Director, Champaign County Probation and Court Services

Sherri Lau - Board Member

Executive Director

Proviso Child Advocacy Center


Lisa W. Moore, M.D. - Board Member

Attending Anesthesiologist

Professional Anesthesia Consultants, LLC

Michelle Shlimon - Board Member

Vice President/Investments

Stifel Financial Corp.

Kristopher Tharp - Board Member

State of Illinois

Theodore P. Cross, Ph.D - Board Member

Research Professor

University of Illinois


Kim Mangiaracino

Executive Director

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Chan-Tell King-Beckwith

Director of Finance

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Carrie Cohan

Chief Program Officer

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Amy Apostal

Director of Grants and Data Strategy

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Molly Evans

Director of Training and Programs

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Hanane Bousfoul

Data Specialist

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Mackenzie Dowling, MS

Director of Programs

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Mike Burns

Statewide MDT Coordinator

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Kathy Murphy

VOCA Grant Manager

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Jayonna Craig

VOCA Grant Monitor

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Michael Morgan, MBA

DCFS Grant Manager

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Lauren Crocker

Grant Compliance Specialist

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Shannon Brandon

Administrative Specialist

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The Children's Advocacy Centers of Illinois is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and an accredited chapter member of the National Children's Alliance

Children's Advocacy Centers of Illinois 400 S. 9th St., Suite 101 • Springfield, IL 62701 • 217.528.2224