The Mercer County Family Crisis Center is based out of a two story home office in a residential neighborhood. This location provides safe, anonymity for victims. The center provides a team approach to the investigation of child sexual abuse and physical abuse. We work closely with the State’s Attorneys in Mercer county, Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) and area law enforcement. Our mission is to provide a coordinated investigative approach in a child-friendly environment, which will assist with the successful prosecution of the offender, ultimately lessening the rate of child abuse in the community. In correlation with the Child Advocacy Center of Illinois, we ensure every child in the state of Illinois has access to the services offered through the CAC.

Each year, thousands of people from the United States and around the world are trained on how to recognize and support endangered children. More than 54,000 child abuse professionals have been trained by the National Child Advocacy Center. The child advocacy center model, developed through Former Congressman Cramer’s vision pulls together law enforcement, criminal justice, child protective service, and medical and mental health workers onto one coordinated team, also known as a multidisciplinary team.

The multidisciplinary team approach involves law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, mental and medical health, family/victim advocacy, and other resources in a model community response to child sexual abuse. No group is denied services because of an inability to pay, since there is no charge for services. All individuals who qualify for and need services receive them, regardless of race, ethnicity, religious background, and socioeconomic status.

At the Mercer County Family Crisis Center, we provide a variety of services. To learn more about our services, click here.