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President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

701 East Adams Street

Springfield, IL 62701

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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.


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 9/9/19. Room rate is $85/per night. When making reservations, please do so by calling 217-544-8800 and asking for the block of rooms under the name Children's Advocacy Centers of Illinois Hotel Block.


Registration deadlne is September 2, 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 September 3, 2019.

After September 16, 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.

  • DCFS employees will need a promo code (given from your supervisor) to register

  • Course registration cost is $500, this includes breakfast and a snack

  • An attorney observation 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 October 1, 2019 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.

  • If you have any questions, please contact Cara Vock at 815-973-6777 or cara@cacionline.org

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