2018 Child Abuse Prevention Month
(Carterville, IL | April 2, 2018)

On April 6th, 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, held a press conference to launch April Child Abuse Prevention Month 2018.

Guest speakers included 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; Lori Gray, Southern Region Administrator, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services; Dr. Matt Buckman, Egyptian Health Department; and Brandon Zanotti, Williamson County State's Attorney; The event included resource tables provided by area agencies highlighting programs and resources for area families.

"Children are our future and all children deserve great childhoods," said Denise McCaffrey, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Illinois. "We need to recognize that each one of us has a role to play in preventing child abuse. It's about our future. It's about protecting 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. Thank you for joining us on April 6th to show your support for all children and their families.

The following organizations and individuals were instrumental in planning this event: Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children, and Perry-Jackson Child Advocacy Center. To learn more about child abuse prevention, visit www.preventchildabuseillinois.org


     Williamson County State's Attorney, Brandon Zanotti


     Crowd at the 2018 Child Abuse Prevention Month Kick-Off


Anderson's Warehouse Furniture Donation
(Carterville, IL | January 4, 2018)

Anderson's Warehouse Furniture with stores in both Energy, IL and Pittsburg, IL presented the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children with a $2000 check the end of December!

A huge thanks to Lowell and Michelle Anderson for their generosity.

Thanks to all of you who took the Christmas Lyrics Quiz online to help make this donation possible!


New Beds at Christmas to the Williamson County Family Crisis Center
(Carterville, IL | December 14, 2017)

On Monday, December 18th at 11:00 AM, Jo and Glenn Poshard of The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children and Peggy Russell, Executive Director of the Williamson County Family Crisis Center in Herrin, Illinois, will hold a press conference at the Family Crisis Center located at 514 N. 18th Street in Herrin. The Poshard Foundation recently purchased six twin beds for children living in the shelter.

The Williamson County Family Crisis Center has been in existence for over 30 years and serves as a refuge for families in crisis when they are in need of temporary shelter. Children often come to the shelter with their parents, and this becomes their temporary home.

Peggy Russell, who has headed the shelter for 22 years, said, "When children arrive at the shelter, they often come from places where they haven't had a bed. It's a very stressful situation for the children to move into a homeless shelter, and it's comforting for them to have their own beds to sleep in with sheets, pillow and comforters. Thanks to the Poshard Foundation, the children in our shelter now have six beds with brand new mattresses and foundations so they can get a good night's sleep."

"Hundreds of children are sleeping on floors, on futons, on anything they can find at night," said Jo Poshard. "These children, many of whom have been abused, neglected or abandoned, get up in the morning and go to school without proper rest, making it almost impossible for them to succeed. It's why our Foundation started a bed project several years ago. We've purchased hundreds of beds for them. It's one of the basic necessities of life."

Glenn Poshard stated, "It shouldn't happen in America, the wealthiest, most prosperous country in the world, but it does. It's at crisis proportion in Southern Illinois. Poor children who have no beds are deprived of a good night's sleep - something most of us take for granted. We are very happy to provide these six new beds to the shelter and the vulnerable children who reside here."

The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children is a charitable organization chartered in 1999. It seeks to help abused, abandoned, and neglected children in Southern Illinois. The Foundation has no paid employees and relies on volunteers to carry out its mission. John A. Logan College generously houses and hosts the Foundation office.


     (left to right): Glenn Poshard, Founder of The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children; Jo Poshard, Executive Director of The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children; Peggy Russell, Executive Director of the Williamson County Family Crisis Center in Herrin


Ribbon-Cutting
(Carterville, IL | November 22, 2017)

In October, 2017 CASA of Franklin County announced the opening of their Visitation Room to the public by holding an Open House. This is the only visitation room attached to a CASA in the state of Illinois. This space allows the children we advocate for and local children in care to visit privately with their families in a more home like setting. Children who are also waiting on court will be able to use this room. This room was made possible due to a $2500 grant through The Poshard Foundation.


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