Documentary and Training
(Carterville, IL | July 26, 2016)

The documentary, Paper Tigers, accompanied by a training at no cost to participants was presented on July 26, 2016, at John A. Logan College, sponsored by The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children.

Paper Tigers is an intimate look into the lives of selected students at Lincoln High School, an alternative school that specializes in educating traumatized youth.

Set amidst the rural community of Walla Walla, WA, 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).

This movie is a 'must see' for anyone who works with children and families.

A post film discussion and training "Healing the Traumatic Childhood through Attunement and Understanding" was facilitated by Chaz Franke.

Chaz has been practicing therapy full time since 2007. Since the beginning of his career as a therapist, Chaz has worked with trauma and its long reaching effects.

This work has included extensive work with all ages and all walks of life.

Chaz is currently employed as a faculty member in the Master's in Social Work program at Saint Louis University.


Poshard Foundation Distributes $100,000 to Agencies Advocating for Area Children
(Carterville, IL | April 29, 2016)

Carterville, IL - Jo and Glenn Poshard, co-founders of the Poshard Foundation for Abused and Neglected Children at John A. Logan College, passed out checks earlier this month to 12 different Southern Illinois agencies totaling $100,000.

Recipients include: the Amy Center of Mount Vernon; Baptist Children's Home and Family Services of Carmi; Cairo Women's Shelter, Inc.; Caritas Family Solutions of Carterville; Family Counseling Center in Golconda; Hoyleton Ministries; Lutheran Social Services of Illinois in Marion; the Night's Shield Children's Shelter of West Frankfort; Two Rivers Child Advocacy Center of Anna; United Methodist Children's Home of Mount Vernon; the Women's Center of Carbondale; and the Williamson County Child's Advocacy Center of Herrin.

"In light of the budget crisis in the state, which has led to a decrease in funding for many social service agencies, the Poshard Foundation is making additional grant funds available to provide direct counseling to abused, abandoned, and neglected children in Southern Illinois," said Jo Poshard. "All children deserve the opportunity to be safe and free of abuse. We hope that these funds will help make that happen."

Williamson County Child Advocacy Center spokesperson Leah Brown said the money will be put to good use.

"We are going to continue our trauma focus therapy with our children," she said. "All of the kids who come to us are in crisis and this money will allow the children to have some one-on-one time with therapists to help them work through issues without a break in services."

Williamson County Child Advocacy Center serves about 200 children a year.

Sherrie Crabb with the Family Counseling Center in Golconda said she plans to use the money to retain staff.

"Because of the state budget impasse, we have had to lay off staff and reduce hours of other staff members who were in the process of being trained for trauma focus," Crabb said. "So with this money, we'll be able to bring them back to full-time status. Until now, we have had to put some services on hold and not serve as many children and families like we would normally. Now, we can get that going again."

Last year, the Family Counseling Center served 1,200 children and more than 1,100 served already this year.

For more information on making a donation to the Poshard Foundation, call Jo Poshard at 618-985-2828, X8564 or via email at joposhard@jalc.edu.


     Pictured are representatives with 12 different Southern Illinois agencies that work to help abused and neglected children of the region. On Wednesday, the John A. Logan College-based Poshard Foundation donated $100,000 to those agency representatives to assist in the providing of services for the children. (Logan Media Services photo by John D. Homan)


     John A. Logan College interim president, Dr. Ron House, meets with Jo Poshard, co-founder of the Poshard Foundation for Abused and Neglected Children. (Logan Media Services photo by John D. Homan)


The Poshard Foundation Announcing 29 Grant Awards totaling $100,000 to Southern Illinois Agencies Serving Abused and Neglected Children
(Carterville, IL | April 27, 2016)

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 Friday, April 29, 2016, 1:00 p.m. in the Board Conference Room at John A. Logan College.

Because of the continued withholding of state funds to local agencies which provide services to abused, abandoned, and neglected children, the Poshard Foundation will distribute $100,000 to these agencies.

This year's grants represent more than a $30,000 increase over the expected $70,000 distributed in previous years.

A total of 29 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 Resource Network, Anna; Department of Child and Family Services , Southern Region; Family Counseling Center, Golconda; Hoyleton Ministries, Hoyleton; Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Marion; Lutheran Social Services of Illinois Prison & Family Services, Marion; Mentors4Kids, Harrisburg; PAVE, Centralia; Perry-Jackson Child Advocacy Center, Pinckneyville; Pregnancy Matters, Carbondale; The Amy Center, Mt. Vernon; The Guardian Center, Carmi; The Night's Shield, West Frankfort; The Women's Center, Carbondale; Two Rivers Child Advocacy Center, Anna; United Methodist Children's Home, Mt. Vernon; Williamson County Child Advocacy Center, Herrin; and Williamson County Family Crisis Center, Herrin.

Jo Poshard noted, "Proceeds from the 2015 Poshard Foundation Brunch made these grants possible. We are very grateful to each of our donors." Poshard continued, "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 on the rise in Southern Illinois."

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

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 joposhard@jalc.edu.


Child Abuse Prevention Month
(Carterville, IL | April 1, 2016)

On Friday, April 1st, 2016, 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.

Tyler R. Edmonds, Union County State's Attorney, spoke about the need for the public to not just view child abuse as a law enforcement or DCFS issue but to recognize it as a community issue that needs to be addressed. "We can't stop child abuse if we pretend it doesn't exist. There are so many signs of child abuse. When reviewing cases, it commonly seems that someone should have seen it sooner. We need to know the signs of abuse. We need to recognize it and report it," Edmonds said.

Other speakers included Lori Gray, Southern Region Administrator, DCFS, who stated, "DCFS can't help children and families we don't know about. We need the public's help to be our eyes and ears." Special Agent Alicia Barr, Illinois State Police, addressed the issue of child deaths caused as a result of co-sleeping with an adult.

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