The Poshard Foundation Announced 30 Grant Awards to Southern Illinois Agencies Serving Abused and Neglected Children
(Carterville, IL | April 28, 2017)

As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Jo Poshard, Director of The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children, announced grants for $100,000 at a press conference on April 28, 2017, in the Board Conference Room at John A. Logan College. A total of 30 grants were given to Southern Illinois agencies to be used specifically for services directly dealing with the abused, abandoned, and neglected children in the region.

"The Poshard Foundation has graciously assisted us with funding to start a CASA visitation room for local Franklin County abused and neglected children," said Mariah Hayes, director of the Franklin County CASA. "The dream to have a safe, secure, and family-friendly location would not have happened without their financial support."

Those organizations receiving grants 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 and Mental Health Resource Network, Anna; Department of Child and Family Services, Southern Region; Family Counseling Center, Golconda; Franklin-Williamson County Child Advocacy Center; Hoyleton Ministries, Hoyleton; Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Marion; Lutheran Social Services of Illinois Prison & Family Services, Marion; Mentors 4 Kids, Harrisburg; PAVE, Centralia; Perry-Jackson Child Advocacy Center, Pinckneyville; Pregnancy Matters, Carbondale; Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless; Spero Family Services (UMCH), Mt. Vernon; 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; and Williamson County Family Crisis Center, Herrin.

"The funding from the Poshard Foundation aids in the achievement of our many goals, which would be very difficult at a time when there is a distinct lack of resources available in the southern seven counties coupled with the continued State of Illinois budget crisis leaving zero other funding for our agency," said Sherrie L. Crabb, executive director of the Family Counseling Center, Inc.

Jo Poshard noted, "Proceeds from the October 2016 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 a month isn't enough time to sound the alarm for abused children in our region. Child abuse is above the state average in each of the 20 counties in Southern Illinois. This simply isn't acceptable."

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.

"The grant we receive from the Poshard Foundation allows us to provide therapeutic, social, and recreational services to children who are victims of, or have witnessed, domestic violence," said Cathy McClanahan, director of The Women's Center, Inc. "These children come to the Center afraid, anxious and often angry or hurt. Thanks to the Poshard Foundation, the therapeutic programming we are able to provide these children helps them to develop a positive sense of self which is necessary to grow into healthy, productive, caring adults."

There are so many needs in Southern Illinois, as one agency director points out. "A portion of the monies that the Franklin-Williamson Child Advocacy Center will receive from the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children will be utilized as part of our counseling program for children who have been victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse or witness to a violent crime," said Lean Brown, executive director of the Franklin-Williamson Child Advocacy Center. "Counseling is a vital part of the healing process for children and families, but these services can be very costly and often unattainable for families. Trauma experiences are at the core of every childhood abuse case and evident with each child that the CAC encounters. It is our task to provide them with the tools that they need to move from victim to survivor and author of their own story. This funding ensures that the children with whom we work can access quality trauma focused services to begin the healing process at no cost to the families."

For more information contact The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children at (618) 985-2828 ext. 8564 or email joposhard@jalc.edu.


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.