Lifespan Consequence of ACE, Toxic Stress and Trauma
(Carterville, IL | July 17, 2018)

More than 130 professionals who work with children gathered at John A. Logan College in Carterville on July 17, 2018 for a training organized by Prevent Child Abuse Illinois and funded by The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children.

As part of the training, the group viewed a documentary called "Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope" that looks at the science of adverse childhood experiences and a new movement to treat the resulting toxic stress-and even prevent it. Ginger Meyer, clinical director for Children's Medical and Mental Health Resource Network, led the workshop.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) can have lasting negative effects on individuals. Researchers have recently discovered a biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. The individual may not remember the childhood experience, but the body remembers. Toxic stress can trigger hormones that affect the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk as adults for disease and behavioral problems that often result in homelessness, prison time and early death. Meyer called adverse childhood experiences "the biggest public health crisis we have ever seen."

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Advocate of the Year Award
(Carterville, IL | April 25, 2018)

Congratulations to Jo Poshard for being awarded Advocate of the Year by the Jefferson County community. On April 25, 2018, Nancy Hulfachor, Volunteer Coordinator for CASA of Jefferson County, presented the award to Jo as Executive Director of the Poshard Foundation for being a vital part of the prevention efforts of abused and neglected children in Illinois and continuing to work relentlessly to heal abused children physically and emotionally.

The Poshard Foundation Announcing 30 Grant Awards to Southern Illinois Agencies Serving Abused and Neglected Children
(Carterville, IL | April 24, 2018)

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 Monday, April 30, 2018, 1:00 p.m. in the Board Conference Room at John A. Logan College.

A total of 30 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 and Mental Health Resource Network, Anna; Department of Child and Family Services, Southern Region; Family Counseling Center, Golconda; Franklin-Williamson County Child Advocacy Center; Healthy Families Illinois - Shawnee Health, Carterville; Hoyleton Ministries, Hoyleton; Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Marion; Lutheran Social Services of Illinois Prison & Family Services, Marion; Mentors4Kids, Harrisburg; Perry-Jackson Child Advocacy Center, Pinckneyville; Pregnancy Matters, Carbondale; Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless; Spero Family Services, Mt. Vernon; The Amy Center, Mt. Vernon; The Guardian Center, Carmi; The Night's Shield Children's Crisis Shelter, West Frankfort; The Women's Center, Carbondale; Two Rivers Child Advocacy Center, Anna; and Williamson County Family Crisis Center, Herrin.

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

Jo Poshard noted, "The theme for April 2018 Child Abuse Month is 'Everyone has a role to play.' Child abuse is above the state average in 20 of our Southern Illinois counties. We need to build awareness in our communities and recognize that getting involved can change a child's life forever."

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

2018 Child Abuse Prevention Month
(Carterville, IL | April 2, 2018)

On April 6th, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, in partnership with The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children and other community organizations, held a press conference to launch April Child Abuse Prevention Month 2018.

Guest speakers included Dr. Ronald K. House, President, John A. Logan College; Jo Poshard, Executive Director, The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children; Brittney Hale, Prevention Specialist, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois; Lori Gray, Southern Region Administrator, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services; Dr. Matt Buckman, Egyptian Health Department; and Brandon Zanotti, Williamson County State's Attorney; The event included resource tables provided by area agencies highlighting programs and resources for area families.

"Children are our future and all children deserve great childhoods," said Denise McCaffrey, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Illinois. "We need to recognize that each one of us has a role to play in preventing child abuse. It's about our future. It's about protecting children!"

Child Abuse Prevention Month has been observed each April since its first presidential proclamation in 1983. Since that time, millions of Americans have participated in this national campaign. Individuals, organizations and communities across the United States plant pinwheels, tie ribbons, organize trainings, host fundraisers, and support a multitude of other activities celebrating healthy, happy childhoods and raising awareness that all children deserve to grow up in nurturing, safe homes. Thank you for joining us on April 6th to show your support for all children and their families.

The following organizations and individuals were instrumental in planning this event: Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children, and Perry-Jackson Child Advocacy Center. To learn more about child abuse prevention, visit

     Williamson County State's Attorney, Brandon Zanotti

     Crowd at the 2018 Child Abuse Prevention Month Kick-Off

Anderson's Warehouse Furniture Donation
(Carterville, IL | January 4, 2018)

Anderson's Warehouse Furniture with stores in both Energy, IL and Pittsburg, IL presented the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children with a $2000 check the end of December!

A huge thanks to Lowell and Michelle Anderson for their generosity.

Thanks to all of you who took the Christmas Lyrics Quiz online to help make this donation possible!

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