JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center has been recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois for its success in improving the quality of life for underserved members of the community and has been awarded a $5,000 grant to continue its mission of protecting abused children.
This is the second year the grant has been awarded to the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center, a not-for-profit agency with a staff that is trained to interview children who are the victims of sexual abuse and severe physical abuse.
State’s Attorney Glasgow established the Children’s Advocacy Center in 1995 to improve the way cases of child abuse are investigated and to limit the trauma to these young and vulnerable victims.
“I want to thank Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois for acknowledging the important work The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center performs on behalf of abused children,” Glasgow said. “Support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois will enable our staff to continue its critical mission of assisting the most fragile crime victims.”
Children’s statements, which are recorded at the center in a non-suggestive, non-threatening environment, have been used in the successful prosecution of literally hundreds of sexual predators in Will and Grundy counties over the past 13 years.
The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center is one of 185 organizations to receive a grant or donation this year from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, which focuses its giving in three key areas: health services for the uninsured and underserved; human services; and education.
Additional information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois’ charitable giving program is available at www.bcbsil.com/about_us/involvement.htm. For more information on the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center, go to www.willcountychildadvocacy.com.
The Children’s Advocacy Center is also a partner agency of the United Way of Will County.