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History and Mission


The Child 1st Center was established as Macon County Child Advocacy Center in July of 1999 from the cumulative effort of law enforcement, child protection, judicial system personnel, medical and mental health professionals, school system personnel and social service providers. This group known as the Macon County Child Abuse Advisory Board, worked together for nine (9) years exploring other Centers and resources before applying for and securing funding to establish a Center in Macon County.

With funding secured, a Governing Board was formed to oversee the Macon County Child Advocacy Center. Written policies were developed, facility site chosen and staff were hired. The Center officially opened on July 18, 1999. 

Now at its fourth location since opening, and a new name, Child 1st Center is at 800 E. Clay St. Its 3 full time staff serve over 350 children alleged victims of abuse each year.

Our Mission

The mission of the Center is to minimize the trauma experienced by child victims and witnesses of sexual abuse, exploitation,  physical abuse and other crimes of violence and to provide support and coordination for these children and their non-offending family members throughout any consequent proceedings within the criminal justice system in Macon and Piatt Counties.