The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children

Eighteen years ago The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children was chartered as a public charitable organization. We are an all-volunteer organization with donations coming from individuals and businesses. We receive no state or federal grant support.

Our vision in 1999 was to heal abused children physically and emotionally and to stop the abuse of children.

John A. Logan College generously provided office space and amenities, and the Foundation opened its doors, not knowing what the future held.

During the life of the Foundation, many rewarding relationships developed with individuals, agencies, and organizations in the southern one-third of the state as well as statewide.

We provide funding for children in crisis when other funds are not available.

Whether it is for car seats, counseling, or special medical equipment for the examination of sexually abused children, the Foundation bridges the gap when possible.

We have sponsored numerous seminars and workshops over the years, provided at no cost to over 1,000 attendees. Through our partnership with Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, valuable trainings have been accomplished, including the following:

  • "The Effects of Domestic Abuse on Children"
  • "The Effects of Methamphetamine on Children"
  • "Shaken Baby Syndrome"
  • "Your Young Child"
  • "The Effects of Sexual Abuse on Children"

Our 2016 partnership with Prevent Child Abuse Illinois provided a Paper Tigers documentary screening and childhood trauma training in Southern Illinois at John A. Logan College. Nineteen cities and 25 organizations were represented at the one-day screening/training in July with an attendance of approximately 100. 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). The screening was then followed by an in-depth discussion of its messages and implications, followed by a one-hour training.

The Foundation has completed several large projects to date, such as building a new shelter in 2003 for women and children in Cairo, IL. The 6000 sq. ft. shelter is valued at $600,000 and was primarily completed with the donations of local labor unions.

In 2007 the Foundation donated a building in West Frankfort, IL to the Night's Shield/Roan Center and then contributed $125,000 toward its renovation, creating an emergency shelter for children rescued from abusive home situations.

In 2008, the Foundation pledged $50,000 to Southern Illinois Regional Social Services, now Centerstone, to help build the children's wing of their renovated facility in Carbondale, Illinois. In 2014, the Foundation contributed $100,000 to the Children's Medical and Mental Health Resource Network, a program of SIU School of Medicine, to create a Mental Health Resource Network in the southern 23 counties of Illinois. The purpose of the network was to increase the number of mental health professionals in the region with an 18-month learning collaborative on Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based treatment used to treat children who have experienced trauma such as abuse. The 18-month training, conducted by a nationally-recognized trainer, was completed in June of 2016 with the following outcomes: a) 64 master's level clinicians were trained in specialized trauma counseling who are located and committed to staying 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) 191 children and their families have already received specialized trauma counseling under supervision as a part of the participants' training. Prior to this training, only one certified TF-CBT therapist was in the southern Illinois area; now 64 additional therapists have been trained to provide this therapy to children and families. The Trauma Training Collaborative received two gold awards nationally for this effort. These awards recognize outstanding community based programs incorporating systems of care for children, youth, and young adults and their families.

In 2015, the Foundation distributed additional grant funds totaling $100,000 to 12 local service agencies. These grant awards were due to the budget crisis in the state of Illinois which has led to a decrease in funding for many social service agencies. These funds being made available to help provide direct counseling to abused, abandoned, and neglected children in southern Illinois.

In 2016, the Foundation approved a special grant of $15,000 to be given to the United Methodist Children's Home in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. This grant was used to refurbish the cottages at the Children's Home which were in much need of repair. Approximately $150,000 in labor costs was donated toward this project by local labor unions.

Thank you for partnering with us for eighteen years to help vulnerable children. The need is still great, and we will continue to work.

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The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children publishes a newsletter each Spring, which includes the many Sponsors, Accomplishments, Agencies Supported and Special Thanks:

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