- This is the first of a series of articles on action Kane County residents can take to prevent, report and diminish child abuse in Kane County, as part of a shared initiative among CASA Kane County, the Kane County States Attorney’s Office, the Kane County Regional Office of Education, and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
During the month of April, CASA Kane County distributed information packets to Illinois State Mandated Reporters in an effort to educate the community on what to do if child abuse or neglect is suspected.
Anyone who did not receive a mandated packet of information is asked to download it and share the information with your place of work. The packet can be found on this page of the CASA Kane County website.
“The protection of children is the responsibility of the entire community, and this information serves as guidelines in this capacity,” CASA Kane County said in a recent press release.
This initiative began with the collaboration among CASA Kane County, the Kane County States Attorney’s Office, the Kane County Regional Office of Education, and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Every Kane County citizen can do his/her part by calling 1-800-25-ABUSE to make a report, the press release said.
Professionals Responsible for Mandated Reporting
In some U.S. states, mandatory reporting requirements apply to all people in the state who suspect child abuse or neglect.
- Child care providers
- Counselors and other
- Mental health professionals
- Medical examiners and coroners
- Nurses, physicians and other health care providers
- Police and other law enforcement officers
- School teachers, coaches, guidance counselors, principals and other school personnel
- Social workers
CASA Kane County is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court system. To learn more, visit the organization’s website at www.casakanecounty.org.
Read the Series
- Today: Fight Against Child Abuse in Kane County, IL, Doesn’t End in April