​Kane County Social Worker Support

​​Hours: Monday - Friday, 7  a.m. ​- 5 p.m. | Emergency Calls 24/7

Trauma Intervention/Advocacy

Any case involving trauma where you feel the person(s) could use assistance/advocacy: victims of assaults, robbery, and other violent crimes. Also advocacy for the elderly and support regarding family concerns. ​

Crisis Intervention

Crisis support for concerns that may involve: mental health, substance abuse, domestic abuse, domestic disputes, and neighbor disputes.

Grief Support

Connection for grief counseling for incidents that may result in death such as: fatal car crashes, accidental deaths, suicide, homicide, and the unexpected.

Additional Support

Additional support and advocacy for: residential fires, natural disasters,  and general crisis/well-being concerns.

Collaborative Approach

This program is designed to be a collaborative approach between law enforcement and social worker.

Emergency Referral

Referrals to emergency services for immediate assistance will be made by a social worker on the scene.

Non-Emergency Referrals

Initial contact will be made with person(s) in crisis over the phone, within 24 hours.

For more information, please contact Desiree Avitia, MSW.

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Desiree Avitia

Desiree Avitia was hired as a social worker for Kane County Sheriff's Office in March of 2021. She received her Master's Degree in Social Worker in May 2019 from Aurora University and specialized in child welfare. She successfully completed requirements for the CWEL license. She has since been completing her required supervision hours and plans to apply for the LCSW exam by the end of this year. Desiree is certified in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills and successfully completed the 60 hour Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault training. Desiree has extensive experience working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and providing mediation to families/individuals. Desiree is qualified in providing crisis intervention and de-escalation strategies. She is currently a member of Kane County Hoarding Task Force, APSS (Association of Police Social Services), Kane County Veterans Suicide Prevention Task Force, Kane County Major Crimes Task Force, Kane County Negotiations Response Team and Multidisciplinary Team (MDT). Contact 630.444.3374

Lily Martinez
Social Work Intern
August 2021- April 2022

Lily Martinez is a social services case manager intern at Kane County Sheriff's Office. She currently attends Aurora University where she double majored in Psychology and Criminal Justice and is now pursuing her master's degree in Social Work. Lily is currently doing her first year internship for her MSW program and plans to graduate in Fall of 2022. She works full time as a counselor with the State of Illinois where she provides counseling and guidance to individuals in custody. She has three years of experience working in a mental health setting where she provides counseling services to individuals who are severely mentally ill (SMI). Lily is Spanish speaking, she is certified in CANS, and has experience with providing crisis intervention and de-escalation. Contact 630.208.2041

Cody Murphy
Social Work Intern
August 2021- April 2022

Cody Murphy has always been someone who seeks to help others. With his background in teaching, working with troubled youth, and working in behavioral health, he has been able to work with people of all backgrounds. It is his goal to learn more about what a social worker can do to help people who have gone through difficult situations and help to provide the resources and guidance to return their life to normal. Through his time with the KCSO he will have the opportunity to help his community and gain firsthand experience into the life of social work. It is his goal to become a licensed social worker and possibly work in a school setting after graduation. Cody wants to be a person who helps lift up the youth of the country and provides them with support early on in life to give them the best chance at a successful life. Contact 630.208.2041


Brenna Russell
Social Work Intern
August 2021- April 2022

Brenna Russell received her Bachelor of Arts Psychology degree with a Minor in Social Work from the University of Dayton in May of 2021. Brenna is working toward obtaining her Master of Social Work Degree from Aurora University in May of 2023. Brenna plans to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is interested in crisis intervention and trauma informed care. She has experience providing services in various mental health settings. She is currently a member of the Kane County Suicide Prevention Task Force. Contact 630.208.2041


Emily Buckley
Social Work Intern
August 2021- April 2022

Emily Buckley recently received her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work with a Minor in Psychology and a Specialization in Addictions from Aurora University in May of 2021. In September, Emily passed certification to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). Emily is now working toward obtaining her Master's Degree in Forensic Social Work from Aurora University and will graduate in May of 2022. Emily plans to continue working in victim service setting and has an interest in Forensic Interviewing & utilizing trauma informed care. Contact 630.208.2041