Child Advocacy Center

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The Madison County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) provides professional intervention and supportive services to fight child abuse. Most importantly, the CAC provides a safe haven for children to talk about the physical or sexual abuse they may have experienced and to help in limiting the number of times a child has to be interviewed. Before the CAC opened, a child who was a victim or witnessed a violent crime would often be interviewed by 8 to 12 different people before the case went to trial. Because of the CAC, abused children no longer have to endure such a strenuous interviewing process and authorities are better able to prosecute abuse cases.

Our Mission

The mission of the Madison County Child Advocacy Center is to provide a professional and child-friendly environment to assist in the investigation of allegations of child abuse, provide access to services and treatment for victims and their families and raise awareness within the community.

Board of Directors: 
The Advisory Board is the governing board for the CAC and is tasked with oversight, supervision and policy creation for the operation of the CAC.  The Friends Board is a 501c3 non-profit created to support the mission of the CAC through fundraising and community awareness.


William A. Mudge, Advisory Board Chairman 
Ben Akers 
John D. Lakin 
Jason Weiss 
Steve Nonn
Michael O'Neill 
Amy M. Gabriel
Stacy Short 
Melissa Edwards
Mike Fillback
Kim Wilks
Crystal Uhe
Ray Wesley
Thomas A. Haine


Travis Widman, Friends Board President
Ben Akers
Amy M. Gabriel
Chris Conrad 
Gayle A. Frey 
Kim Wilks
Olivia Turner
Crystal Uhe
Elysa Robin
Joe Hayden

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Madison County Child Advocacy Center
101 E. Edwardsville Road
Wood River, IL 62095
Phone: (618) 296-5390
Fax: (618) 296-5380

Child Abuse Hotlines

National Hotline
1-800-4-A-CHILD (422-4453)

Illinois Hotline
1-800-25-ABUSE (252-2873)