Franklin-Williamson "CAC"

Issue #9- March 2021 Spring Edition


Hello everyone,

This is Hilary Chandler with the Franklin-Williamson Child Advocacy Center, AKA the "CAC ". In this quarter's newsletter, you will find information about our "Blue Kids" campaign, meet our new Executive Director, Sarah Anderson, and learn about the opportunity to support us through our Amazon wish list!

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Blue Kids Campaign

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Every year in April we celebrate Child Abuse Prevention Month! Some people celebrate by wearing blue, putting a blue light bulb on their porch, making Facebook posts to draw attention to child abuse, and some people celebrate by sponsoring Blue Kids signage from the FWCAC!

Last year 179 children who reported sexual and severe physical abuse were referred to the FWCAC for support services. These are children from our very own communities in Franklin and Williamson counties. The FWCAC conducted 143 forensic interviews with these children. Also, the FWCAC provided 254 FREE trauma focused counseling sessions to these children and their families.

Wondering how you can support us?

For just a $100 tax deductible donation, we place Blue Kid Signage outside of your home or business for the month of April to raise awareness and show support for the FWCAC! Blue kids and signage are delivered and put up in your yard or at your office by April 1st and are picked up in the beginning of May so you are able to show your support all month long! Not only does this draw attention to preventing child abuse it also shows support to your local CAC and helps us raise money for our center! We love driving around Franklin and Williamson county and seeing Blue Kids out raising awareness!

If you are interested in sponsoring Blue Kids for the month of April please contact the CAC at 618-942-3800 or by email at

You can also use the PayPal link below to donate to our Blue Kid Campaign!

Welcome Sarah

The FWCAC would like to welcome our new Executive Director, Sarah Anderson. Sarah graduated from McKendree University where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Professional Writing and Sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice and Master's Degree in Criminal Justice. During this time, Sarah worked with The Salvation Army of St. Clair County as an Emergency Social Services Case Manager. After graduate school, she moved back to the Central Illinois area where she worked in business law for some time.

Her husband recently accepted a transfer to Jackson County through his job and they are very excited to be back in the Southern Illinois area! Sarah knew in her heart, that she wanted to get back into the Social Services field and could not be more thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful organization!

Check Out Our New Amazon Wish List

When children come to the CAC for their interview, we provide snacks, drinks, and like to send them home with a backpack full of hygiene products, fidget toys, books, and school supplies. We run through these products rather quickly around here! We are so grateful when we receive donations that continue to make this possible!

If you are looking for an easy (and COVID safe) way to support our center, our Amazon Wish List is a great way to do so!

You can find a link to our Amazon Wish List below to start shopping!

Our Mission Statement

The Franklin-Williamson Child Advocacy Center

is dedicated to serving the best interests of children

who have been sexually or physically abused.

We, at the Center, are their Voice.

WE believe:

All children should be free of abuse and neglect.

All children should have the opportunity

to develop to their fullest potential in

a safe and loving environment.

It is in the best interest of abused children to have

collaboration among agencies

working on their behalf.

It is important to educate the public on the issues

of child abuse and neglect.