SAVE THE DATE!  Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children
17th Annual Breakfast & Silent Auction

Greetings! Please save the date of Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 8AM to 11AM for our annual Poshard Foundation fundraising event at JALC.

We will be having a brunch, silent auction, and live auction this year. The funds raised will be used to help abused children in southern Illinois.

We are grateful for your past support and would love to have you join us again this year!

Documentary and Training

The documentary, Paper Tigers, accompanied by a training at no cost to participants was presented on July 26, 2016, at John A. Logan College, sponsored by The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children.

Paper Tigers is an intimate look into the lives of selected students at Lincoln High School, an alternative school that specializes in educating traumatized youth.

Set amidst the rural community of Walla Walla, WA, the film intimately examines the inspiring promise of Trauma Informed Communities-a movement that is showing great promise in healing youth struggling with the dark legacy of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES).

This movie is a 'must see' for anyone who works with children and families.

A post film discussion and training "Healing the Traumatic Childhood through Attunement and Understanding" was facilitated by Chaz Franke.

Chaz has been practicing therapy full time since 2007. Since the beginning of his career as a therapist, Chaz has worked with trauma and its long reaching effects.

This work has included extensive work with all ages and all walks of life.

Chaz is currently employed as a faculty member in the Master's in Social Work program at Saint Louis University.


April 27, 2016
For more information contact:
Jo Poshard
Poshard Foundation for Abused Children
(618) 985-2828 ext. 8564

The Poshard Foundation Announcing 29 Grant Awards totaling $100,000 to Southern Illinois Agencies Serving Abused and Neglected Children

Carterville, IL - As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Jo Poshard, Director of The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children, will announce grants for $100,000 at a press conference on Friday, April 29, 2016, 1:00 p.m. in the Board Conference Room at John A. Logan College.

Because of the continued withholding of state funds to local agencies which provide services to abused, abandoned, and neglected children, the Poshard Foundation will distribute $100,000 to these agencies.

This year's grants represent more than a $30,000 increase over the expected $70,000 distributed in previous years.

A total of 29 grants will be given to Southern Illinois agencies to be used specifically for services directly dealing with the abused, abandoned, and neglected children in our region. Those organizations are: Baptist Children's Home, Carmi; Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale; Cairo Women's Shelter; Caritas Family Solutions, Carterville; Caritas Family Solutions, Mt. Vernon; CASA of Franklin County; CASA of Jefferson County; CASA of Saline County; CASA of Williamson County; Centerstone; Children's Home and Aid, Herrin; Children's Medical Resource Network, Anna; Department of Child and Family Services , Southern Region; Family Counseling Center, Golconda; Hoyleton Ministries, Hoyleton; Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Marion; Lutheran Social Services of Illinois Prison & Family Services, Marion; Mentors4Kids, Harrisburg; PAVE, Centralia; Perry-Jackson Child Advocacy Center, Pinckneyville; Pregnancy Matters, Carbondale; The Amy Center, Mt. Vernon; The Guardian Center, Carmi; The Night's Shield, West Frankfort; The Women's Center, Carbondale; Two Rivers Child Advocacy Center, Anna; United Methodist Children's Home, Mt. Vernon; Williamson County Child Advocacy Center, Herrin; and Williamson County Family Crisis Center, Herrin.

Jo Poshard noted, "Proceeds from the 2015 Poshard Foundation Brunch made these grants possible. We are very grateful to each of our donors." Poshard continued, "As Child Abuse Prevention Month winds down, it is clear that thirty days isn't enough time to sound the alarm for abused children in our region. Child abuse is on the rise in Southern Illinois."

Agency representatives will comment briefly on their grant projects and will be available to the press.

Glenn and Jo Poshard, co-founders of the Poshard Foundation, believe every child deserves a safe person, a safe place, and a safe community. Unfortunately, that is not the reality for many of our children in Southern Illinois. The abused, neglected, and abandoned ones are those the Poshard Foundation seeks to help. Whether it is by providing counseling, cribs, therapeutic camps, supplies for college-bound foster children, or training for the prevention of violence against children, the Foundation strives to make a difference in young lives.

For more information contact The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children at (618) 985-2828 ext. 8564 or email

Child Abuse Prevention Month

On Friday, April 1st, 2016, the Poshard Foundation partnered with Prevent Child Abuse Illinois and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, along with other community organizations, to kick off state and national Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Tyler R. Edmonds, Union County State's Attorney, spoke about the need for the public to not just view child abuse as a law enforcement or DCFS issue but to recognize it as a community issue that needs to be addressed. "We can't stop child abuse if we pretend it doesn't exist. There are so many signs of child abuse. When reviewing cases, it commonly seems that someone should have seen it sooner. We need to know the signs of abuse. We need to recognize it and report it," Edmonds said.

Other speakers included Lori Gray, Southern Region Administrator, DCFS, who stated, "DCFS can't help children and families we don't know about. We need the public's help to be our eyes and ears." Special Agent Alicia Barr, Illinois State Police, addressed the issue of child deaths caused as a result of co-sleeping with an adult.

Anyone who suspects the abuse of a child should call 1-800-25-ABUSE.

Trauma Training Collaborative Completed Successfully!!!

Last year our Foundation gave $100,000 to increase the number of certified trauma counselors in Southern Illinois, an area in which our children are woefully underserved. We partnered with The Children's Medical and Mental Health Resource Network and the SIU School of Medicine Rural Health Initiative.

We are excited to announce that the 18-month trauma training, conducted by a nationally-recognized trainer, will be completed by June 2016 with the following outcomes: a) 46 master's level clinicians are now eligible to become nationally certified trauma counselors located in, and remaining in, Southern Illinois; b) 23 counties in Southern Illinois had participants in the evidence-based training which will make counseling more attainable for the children in their areas; and c) 176 children and their families have already received specialized trauma counseling under supervision as a part of the participants' training.

We believe our investment has already changed the lives of abused children and their families in Southern Illinois forever.

Rent One's Region 2 and Rent n Roll(Marion) Great Expectation Foundation, founded by Owners Larry and Sharon Carrico, donates to the Southern Illinois Poshard Foundation for Abused Children as their Charity of Choice in 2015.

The Poshard Foundation was founded by former U.S. Congressman Glenn Poshard and his wife, Jo. Glenn and Jo stated, "This generous donation from Rent One will allow us to purchase beds for children in southern Illinois who are presently sleeping on floors and couches. These children have already suffered from abuse, abandonment, neglect, and frightening circumstances.

Beds purchased with "Beds for Kids" donations will provide a child something he or she may never have had before - a safe and warm place to sleep." "We are also grateful for the assistance Rent One has provided for car seats for high risk, impoverished families.

Because of the expense of car seats, very few programs and agencies are able to offer this equipment to families in financial need. With these funds we can purchase car seats which, in turn, will be provided to our local agencies in order that a child has a safe way home from the hospital and a safe way to travel."

     Pictured during the donation presentation, L-R Vic Turner, Poshard Foundation Volunteer, Congressman Glenn Poshard, Jo Poshard, Rent One's Region Director Kelly Martin, Vice President Mark Williams and Rent n Roll President Rich Bergman

Please help us raise money for abused, abandoned, and neglected children in Southern Illinois, with a secure credit/debit card donation.