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Services List

The Child 1st Center provides coordinated services in a child/family friendly environment, where any victim of abuse under the age of eighteen in Macon or Piatt Counties can relay their experiences in a safe, age-appropriate, informal setting. The Investigative Protocol utilizes a multi-disciplinary team approach with law enforcement, DCFS, state’s attorney, medical providers, and social service providers. A specially trained interviewer/investigator meets with the child and, if necessary, other team members observe through closed circuit equipment while the interview is video/audio recorded. This protocol reduces the trauma for the child and the number of interviews required to protect the child and hold the accused accountable.
The Center also provides these services to children and their families:

  • Crisis Intervention Services
  • Assistance and support in coping with abuse
  • Case management services including assistance with obtaining medical care, counseling, and other necessary social services along with twice monthly team case review meeting
  • Legal Advocacy and Information including victim compensation, and help in obtaining orders of protection
  • Education and prevention presentations and resources