Drug Endangered Children Approach
(Carterville, IL | July 13, 2017)

Drug endangered children are part of a growing population of children whose lives have been seriously and negatively impacted by dangerous drugs.

On July 13, the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children held a training on the John A. Logan campus. The training was sponsored by The Poshard Foundation. The training focused on how to implement the Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Approach, which has been proven to be effective in increasing the chances of better outcomes for drug endangered children and break multi-generational cycles of abuse and neglect. Approximately 150 practitioners from the community of law enforcement, social service, mental health counselors, child advocates, clergy and teachers attended the training.

Stacee Read, Director of DEC Network Development, and Eric Nation, Director of Training and Development, conducted the one-day workshop emphasizing how various professionals are in a position to identify, protect, and serve drug endangered children and their families.

Jo Poshard, Director of the Poshard Foundation, said that communication has been lacking and there seems to be a breakdown among agencies. She said she hopes this training has been the first step in changing this situation.

For more information about the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, please click here.

Child Abuse Prevention Month
(Carterville, IL | March 31, 2017)

On Friday, March 31, 2017, 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.

Guest speakers included Ronald K. House, President, John A. Logan College; Jo Poshard, Executive Director, The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children; Tarra Winters, Prevention Specialist, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois; Bob Cain, an Area Administrator for the Southern Region of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services; Evan Owens, Franklin County State's Attorney; and Ginger Meyer, Children's Medical and Mental Health Resource Network. The event included resource tables provided by area agencies highlighting programs and resources for area families.

Franklin County State's Attorney Owens talked about a program in Franklin County, one of four in the state, to pilot a more formalized team-based approach to child abuse cases. He said the goal of the program, scheduled to begin July 1, is to build upon the collaboration that already exists between partner agencies in the county and to identify areas where the response network can be strengthened. "Fighting child abuse and neglect is an ongoing, evolving and complicated process," said Owen.

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

      Jo Poshard, Executive Director of Poshard Foundation for Abused Children

     Tom English, Executive Editor, and Craig Rogers, Publisher, The Southern

     Ron House, President, John A. Logan College, reading Governor's Proclamation

     Tarra Winters, Prevention Specialist, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois

     Bob Cain, Area Administrator for Southern Region, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

     Evan Owens, Franklin County State's Attorney

     Ginger Meyer, Children's Medical and Mental Health Resource Network

     Crowd at the Kick-Off for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Poshard Foundation Receives Check
from HQ & Company Spa
(Carterville, IL | December 21, 2016)

On Saturday, December 17th, The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children accepted a check for more than $500 from HQ & Company Spa, located at 105 S. Russell in Marion, Il.

When Fred James, owner of HQ & Company Spa, decided to put together a raffle basket for a worthy charity this holiday season, he chose The Poshard Foundation because of its consistent reputation as a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Southern Illinois' most vulnerable children. "I want to give HQ & Company guests an opportunity to make a donation to a worthwhile group right here in our own backyard," commented James. "I am very proud of our clients for stepping forward to help this important cause."

As part of the raffle, HQ & Company Spa put together a gift basket with a retail value of more than $360. "James said they filled a basket with gift certificates and beauty products, including his sister's line of organic-based essentials called Cinda's Botanicals. Guests visiting the Spa had an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win the basket in time for Christmas. On December 17th, Jo Poshard drew the name of the winner - Tom Glodo of Pinckneyville.

"Glenn and I have been blessed to find so many caring citizens in Southern Illinois to partner with us in helping the most vulnerable among us," said Jo Poshard, co-founder of The Poshard Foundation along with her husband. "We are so grateful for people like Fred and his customers who take the time to give throughout the year, but especially during the holiday season when these kids need it the most."

The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children has been helping abused, abandoned, and neglected children in Southern Illinois since 1999. Headquartered at John A. Logan College, the Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization which has no paid employees, receives no federal or state grants, and relies solely on the assistance of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

     Pictured are Glenn Poshard, Jo Poshard, and Fred James, the owner of HQ and Company Spa

Poshard Foundation Announcing Toy Distribution through Southern Illinois Agencies Serving Abused, Abandoned, and Neglected Children
(Carterville, IL | December 12, 2016)

On Monday, December 12, 2016, social service agencies across southern Illinois will be visiting the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children at John A. Logan College for one of the largest Christmas toy giveaways in the region. Hundreds of brand new toys will be distributed to abused, abandoned and neglected children throughout the area. Distribution of the toys will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 12th, and toys will be distributed over a two-day period.

Press availability will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12th with area agency case workers, Richard Clark of Tri-State Business Equipment, and Glenn and Jo Poshard available for interviews. (Distribution will take place in Building H on the JALC campus by the Poshard Foundation office.)

This year, Richard Clark, owner of Tri-State Business Equipment in Harrisburg, has partnered with the Poshard Foundation to gift over 700 new toys, valued at thousands of dollars, to the neediest children in southern Illinois. Ameren Illinois has also contributed $1500 for an additional 180 new toys to this effort. Individuals have made additional donations toward this holiday project. Mr. Clark hosts an annual Christmas party attended by hundreds of his customers and friends throughout the tri-state. Each person attending must bring a new toy to be gifted to a needy child. The children are identified by case workers in the agencies that work with the Poshard Foundation.

"We are so grateful for Richard's partnership this year. These are some of the neediest children in southern Illinois. They were not on anybody's Christmas list but now they are, thanks to his efforts," said Poshard. Clark added, "My company has been a supporter of the Poshard Foundation and the children they help since the first year they began, over seventeen years ago. It's an honor for us to be able to help these children, not just at Christmas, but throughout the year."

All media is invited to attend.

(Media Note: This is not a public toy giveaway. All of the children receiving gifts have been identified through social service agencies in our region.)

Agencies Participating in Toy Giveaway from the Poshard Foundation December 2016
(Carterville, IL | December 12, 2016)

Family Counseling Center, Inc. (Union, Johnson, Pope, Hardin, Alexander, Pulaski, Massac)
Cairo Women's Shelter
CASA - Saline County
DCFS - Anna
DCFS - Metropolis
DCFS - Murphysboro
Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois - Prison and Family Ministry
PAVE (People Against Violent Environments) - Centralia
Shawnee Healthy Families
Two Rivers Child Advocacy Center - Anna
United Methodist Children's Home - Mt. Vernon

Approximately 200 abused, abandoned, or neglected children in southern Illinois will receive toys, thanks to our generous donors.

Poshard Foundation Receives $5,000 Grant from Ameren Illinois
(Carterville, IL | December 12, 2016)

The Poshard Foundation recently received a $5,000 grant from Ameren Illinois to support the Beds for Kids and Toys for Kids programs.

Jo Poshard, Executive Director of The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children said, "Thank you to Ameren Illinois for your concern for abused, abandoned, and neglected children in southern Illinois. Every year Ameren has been there to support community charities in our region and has graciously donated thousands of dollars to children in crisis. This grant to our Foundation will help buy beds for those children, many of whom are sleeping on floors or cots, and who are not getting a good night's sleep. The funds will also provide toys for children who would otherwise not be receiving gifts over the holidays and are not on anyone's Christmas list."

"Beds for Kids" helps abused children in southern Illinois, who have been placed in foster care or under the protection of a family member, feel as comfortable as possible. Local, state, and federal agencies can take care of many needs, but beds are not a resource they can frequently provide. In these cases, the program ensures that children who have been through difficult experiences can have a bed of their own to sleep in.

The "Toys for Kids" program will also receive support from the grant. This program provides Christmas toys to abused, abandoned, and neglected children in southern Illinois who would otherwise not receive gifts over the holidays. The Poshard Foundation works with area agencies to identify these children so they do not "fall through the cracks" this holiday season.

The grant funds were made available through the Ameren Cares program, which connects Ameren Illinois with the communities it serves through charitable giving and volunteering. Ray Riddle, division director of Ameren Illinois, said a key focus of this program is to partner with non-profit organizations like The Poshard Foundation to improve the quality of life in Ameren Illinois' service territory.

"There is no greater way to invest in the future of our communities than to support our children and help them succeed," said Riddle. "The Poshard Foundation provides meaningful programs that provide children with a range of resources - from basic necessities such as a bed, to the joyful experience of opening a gift on Christmas morning. This is why we are proud to continue to partner with them."

For more information, please contact Jo Poshard, jo.poshard@jalc.edu.

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