The Poshard Foundation Announcing 30 Grant Awards to Southern Illinois Agencies Serving Abused and Neglected Children
(Carterville, IL | April 17, 2020)

A total of 30 grants have been 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 Clubs of Southern Illinois; Cairo Women's Shelter; Caritas Family Solutions, Carterville; Caritas Family Solutions, Mt. Vernon; CASA of Franklin and Hamilton Counties; 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; Family Counseling Center, Golconda; Foster Family Resource Center of Southern Illinois; Franklin-Williamson Child Advocacy Center; Healthy Families Illinois - Shawnee Health; Hoyleton Youth & Family Services; Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Southern Region; Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Marion; Lutheran Social Services of Illinois Prison & Family Ministry; Perry-Jackson Child Advocacy Center; Pregnancy Matters, Carbondale and Marion; Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless; Spero Family Services, Mt. Vernon and Murphysboro; Stress and Trauma Treatment Center, Inc., Eldorado; The Amy Center, Mt. Vernon; The Guardian Center, Carmi; The Night's Shield, West Frankfort; The Women's Center, Carbondale; and Two Rivers Child Advocacy Center, Anna.

Jo Poshard noted, "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 above the state average in all of our counties and has increased with the spread of COVID-19 in the southern counties of Illinois."

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 Kickoff Event
(Carterville, IL | April 5, 2019)

On April 5th, 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, will be holding a press conference to launch April Child Abuse Prevention Month 2019.

Guest speakers include 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; Rob Schmink, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services; Alicia Barr, Illinois State Police; and Dr. Kathy Swafford, Children's Medical and Mental Health Resource Network. The event will include resource tables provided by area agencies highlighting programs and resources for area families.

"Preventing child abuse and neglect is about keeping children safe. All children, of all ages. And we all have a role to play," said Denise McCaffrey, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Illinois. "As we plant pinwheels, tie blue ribbons, and celebrate April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, we can all learn what it takes to protect 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. Please join us April 5th to show your support for all children and their families.

     Dr. Kathy Swafford speaks at the Child Abuse Prevention kick-off.

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