Released Date 4/11/16

Macon County State's Attorney Jay Scott and Macon County Child Advocacy Center Director Jean Moore announced today that after nearly 17 years of working to protect children in both Macon and Piatt Counties, the Macon County Child Advocacy Center is changing its name to more accurately reflect the Child First doctrine which all disciplines investigating child abuse in the multidisciplinary team mode l seek to follow. The Macon County Child Advocacy Center has collaborated with law enforcement, prosecutors, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, medical providers, and mental health service providers to provide investigation and appropriate treatment services to children and their families since 1999. Over 3,600 children who have been alleged to be victims of sexual or physical abuse have received forensic interviews, education, legal advocacy, case coordination and referrals for counseling and medical services since the Center first opened its doors.

An open house will be held at the Center's new location, 800 East Clay Street, Decatur, on Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 3:30 to 6:00 PM. All are welcome to attend. Members of the multidisciplinary team will be present to re-commit their organizations to the important work of child abuse investigation, prosecution, treatment, and prevention. A Grand Reopening Ceremony will be conducted at 4:00 PM, at which the Center will be renamed The Child 1st Center and the Center's new logo will be unveiled.

"Adopting the name The Child 1st Center corresponds with a new era in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases in Macon County," Scott said. "The team effort of the Macon County State's Attorney's Office, law enforcement, and the staff of The Child 1st Center is currently at an unprecedented level. Assistant State's Attorney Kate Kurtz has aggressively and successfully prosecuted child sex offenders. Since accepting the position as lead prosecutor of all child sex cases in Macon County 18 months ago, she has achieved a 100% jury trial conviction rate and has obtained prison sentences totaling 231 years against sexual predators who prey on innocent children, our most vulnerable victims. Her success would not have been possible without the crucial services offered by the dedicated staff of the Child 1st Center."

"The services and resources provided by the Child 1st Center are absolutely essential to successful prosecutions of child sex offenders," Kurtz added. "The Center provides a safe and child friendly environment for a child to provide a detailed description of the sexual or physical abuse he or she endured. The disclosure is often nearly as traumatic for the child as the abuse itself. Without the Child 1st Center, child victims wouldn't feel comfortable describing the embarrassing details of the offenses committed against them. The first interview is a key component to the ultimate outcome at trial. It can be the difference between a child predator being sent to prison or walking the streets."

"The staff at the Child 1st Center works hand-in-hand with law enforcement and prosecution to advocate for children," stated Decatur Police Chief Jim Getz. "They give the victim child a voice."

For more information please contact Director Jean Moore at 422-6294 or

Jay Scott Jean Moore
Macon County State’s Attorney Director, The Child 1st Center