September 25, 2013
For more information contact:
Jo Poshard
Poshard Foundation for Abused Children
(618) 985-2828 ext. 8564

DCFS Honors Jo Poshard with Humanitarian Award

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has presented Jo Poshard, Co-Founder and Director of The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children, with the first-ever “Illinois DCFS, Southern Region Humanitarian Award” in recognition of 14 years of service to abused children in Southern Illinois.

Dave Clarkin, spokesman for DCFS, said because The Poshard Foundation partners with over 50 organizations to provide much-needed services to the region, recognizing Jo Poshard is a nod to them all. The Poshard Foundation, which receives no state or federal funding and runs entirely on volunteer and donor support, has provided more than $3 million to groups serving children in need.

Poshard said, “I am greatly honored to receive this award. I am asking all concerned citizens to get involved with the cause of child abuse prevention. Many of us want to pretend abuse doesn’t happen in our area, but that isn’t based on fact."

According to Illinois DCFS statistics, the ten southernmost counties presently double the states average in volume of child and sexual abuse cases.

“We need to sound the alarm,” Poshard said. “The problem is in our backyards. Call 1-800-25-ABUSE if you suspect child abuse. You may be a child’s only life-line to safety.”

For more information go contact the Foundation office at (618) 985-2828 ext. 8564 or email at

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Prevent Child Abuse Illinois is a statewide organization established in 1990 and is the Illinois state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. PCA Illinois focuses on the prevention of child abuse and neglect across the state through public awareness campaigns, community education, volunteer and professional training, program technical assistance, and community prevention services. To learn more about child abuse prevention, visit