Monday, April 1- Friday, April 5, 2019
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Double Tree Hotel 
10 Brickyard Drive
Bloomington, IL 61701

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Cara Vock 

ChildFirst Illinois Spring 2019


ChildFirst is an intensive five-day course in which students learn the neccesary skills to conduct a forensic interview of an alleged child abuse victim.  

ChildFirst is designed for investigative teams of law enforcement officers, social workers, prosecutors, and forensic interviewers.  Students receive training on the ChildFirst Forensic Interview Protocol, memory, and suggestibility, child development, testifying in court, legal issues and preparing children for court.

ChildFirst is rigorous and interactive.  Each participant completes homework assignments, a critiqued mock forensic interview, and a written examination.  Successful participants will receive a certificate of completion.  

ChildFirst is an ideal course for investigators and prosecutors seeking to enhance their ability to speak to and for abused children.  

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS IS AN INTENSIVE COURSE.  ChildFirst Illinois will send you a mandatory reading assignment prior to the training sessions.  Homework is assigned in the evening to supplement each training session.  Each student will be given a written examination at the end of the course.  Students who fail to attend all the workshops, to complete homework, or to pass the exam will not receive the certificate of completion.  

Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations with the Double Tree Hotel by the reservation cut off date of March 10, 2019.  Room rate is $70/per night.   When making reservations, please do so online by clicking here or by calling 309-664-6446 and asking for the block of rooms for the Children's Advocacy Centers of Illinois.  

Registration deadlne is March 4, 2019.  Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance into the ChildFirst Illinois training.  Registration is limited to 40 participants per session.  Acceptance will be based equally on the following factors; the order in which the application was received by our office, coordination with the sponsoring CAC, and applicants who will be in the primary role of forensic interviewer.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance no later than March 5, 2019. After March 14, 2019, no refunds will be given for cancelation of registration by participant.

  • All applicants must be endorsed by the Children's Advocacy Center in the applicant's service area.  
  • All participants must attend all days of their training in order to receive a certificate of completion.  If someone is unable to make this committment, he or she should not apply.
  • An attorney track is held Monday-Wednesday, and attorneys must be present the entire 3 days to recieve credit.  Cost:  $300
  • A 1 day protocol update is also available on April 2nd for those previously trained in Finding Words or those who want a refresher who have been previously traned in ChildFirst.  Cost:  $100
  • MCLE's for attorneys and CEU's for social workers will be available pending approval.  
  • CACI reserves the right to cancel this training if 20 people are not registered by 3/04/2019.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Cara Vock at 815-973-6777 or cara@cacionline.org