About Us

C.A.U.S.E.S. has proven to be a valuable resource to Illinois’ most vulnerable children and their families. They have demonstrated a commitment to increasing knowledge and improving practice in the area of sexual victimization.

– Jess McDonald, Director, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

About C.A.U.S.E.S.

Child Abuse Unit for Studies, Education and Services

Physical and sexual abuse of children is a complex problem with far-reaching effects. Its prevention and treatment require specialized clinical care and a range of additional services that address the needs of abused children in the context of family, school, community, and the child protection system.

C.A.U.S.E.S. was founded in 1975 by Nahman Greenberg, M.D., an eminent child psychiatrist, to address all phases of the problem of violence toward children, including sexual abuse. To achieve this mission, we

  • Provide expert clinical services for abused children, their families, and others entrusted with their care
  • Conduct research on the origins, consequences, prevention, and treatment of child abuse
  • Educate and train professionals in techniques of assessing and treating abused children
  • Consult with other agencies and government bodies on child welfare policy and programs

We hope to promote understanding of the origins and determinants of child abuse and neglect. Our focus is exclusively on children: their care, their well-being, and their development in the family and in other social settings.

Board of Directors

Gordon Johnson, Chairman    The Honorable Jesse White
Robert E. Feller, President    Dee Busch
Herb Stokes, Vice President    Eugene Freedman
Bill Buckland, Vice President, Planning    Andrew Griffin, M.D.
Georgene M. Wilson, Secretary    Brad Hartman
John W. Boyles, Treasurer    John M. Marshall
Richard LaBrie, Executive Director, C.A.U.S.E.S.    Michael Streb