March/April 2016

By Jackie Borchew

You may not be aware that the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office has a nonprofit division known as the Children’s Advocacy Center. Located in Gurnee, this center assists with the investigation and prosecution of crimes involving the sexual and physical abuse of children. The Center is committed to providing a safe environment for child victims of abuse as they investigate and help successfully prosecute offenders of child abuse without causing further trauma to the child victim.

This is where Mitchell comes in. Mitchell provides comfort, compassion, and companionship to the children as they talk with officials about their abuse. Mitchell, a yellow Labrador Retriever born July 19, 2013, was selected for training as a service dog based upon his temperament, attitude, and interaction with people. Mitchell was donated to the State’s Attorney’s Office by Support Dogs, Inc, a national not-for-profit organization accredited by Assistance Dogs International. When needed, Mitchell will accompany children into court.

The Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center prosecutes hundreds of cases of abuse each year. Each of these cases start with an interview in one of four interviewing rooms. Currently only two of these rooms can be used because necessary video equipment is broken or unavailable. The cost to replace this equipment is $40,000. The goal is to make a dent in that cost with an upcoming fundraiser.

A 2-mile dog walk fundraiser to benefit the Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center will take place on Saturday, April 30, at 10am at Jaycee Memorial Park in Deerfield.

Sponsored by the Deerfield Rotary and the office of State Senator Julie Morrison, you are invited to come out with your dog and join in to help this deserving cause. Donations will be accepted to walk with Mitchell. The morning starts with refreshments and a rally for the cause.

Fundraising in various forms will take place starting now and leading up to the Walk With Mitchell on April 30. For more information, to donate and/or register for the walk go or Checks should be made out to the Deerfield Rotary and may be mailed directly to: Deerfield Rotary, P.O. Box 156, Deerfield, Illinois 60015.

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