JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the City of Naperville to assist in the fight against child sexual abuse.
The City of Naperville selected the Children’s Advocacy Center to receive its Forensic Interviewing for Abused Children Social Services grant. The grant will enable the center’s professionally trained staff to continue conducting forensic interviews of children who are the victims of sexual abuse.
The children’s statements, which are recorded in a non-suggestive, non-threatening environment, have been used in the successful prosecution of hundreds of sexual predators over the past decade.
State’s Attorney Glasgow, who established the Children’s Advocacy Center in 1995, thanked the city for recognizing the important work the center’s staff performs on behalf of vulnerable children. The center is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization that relies solely on grants, local funding, foundations and fundraisers to operate.
“I want to thank the entire Naperville City Council and Police Chief Dial for their support of the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center and its critical mission,” Glasgow said. “The Children’s Advocacy Center provides services that are critical to the investigation and prosecution of these extremely sensitive criminal cases. Financial support from the communities we serve is essential if we are to continue providing these services.”The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center is a member of the United Way of Will County. For more information, contact The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center at (815) 774-4565, or visit the Web site at www.willcountychildrensadvocacy.org.