Child Advocacy Center preparing new building

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- The Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center began construction on a new location with a brief ceremony Monday.

The center’s future home is a former medical building at 1101 East Monroe Street in Springfield.

The CAC coordinates investigations of abuse and trafficking cases; it also serves as the umbrella organization for the Court Appointed Special Advocate program.

“We are the space where all of it happens for families,” explained executive director Shirley Johnson. “We have victim advocacy services, mental health and medical services provided.”

When finished, the Monroe Street building will include two forensic interview rooms, allowing staff to speed up services for children.

“We’ll have medical on site, which is not something we have currently.” Johnson said. “We’re becoming closer to a one-stop shop. We’ll also be able to extend our counseling and mental health therapy.”

Johnson said she hopes work on the building will finish by mid-December.

The new building cost $149,000, and officials expect rehabilitation on the building to cost $141,000.

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