Prevent Child Abuse Illinois
Prevent Child Abuse Illinois Newsletter         Fall, 2013


Welcome Autumn!
Summer has ended, cooler days are ahead and kids have gone back to school. Encourage parents to help their children succeed in school. Studies have indicated that children tend to do better in school when their parents and/or other significant adults share in their formal education. 


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Illinois State Fair Parade Float Award!


Once again, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois' float was an Award Winner at the Illinois State Fair Parade in Springfield, August 8, 2013

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PCA Illinois is proud to welcome Ashley Murphy to our staff. Ashley is our new Development and Communications Director.   She has great communication skills and experince and has been involved in nurmerous event planning activities at Amvets during the past eight years. She has an MA in Communications from Eastern Illinois University. She will be a wonderful complement to our PCA Illinois organization.  Welcome Ashley! If you would like to contact Ashley she can be reached at 217-522-1129 or



PCA Illinois is also proud to welcome Kendra Clevenger to our staff. Kendra will work with Tamara Guy in the Bloomington office and will be our new Central Region Prevention Specialist. Kendra brings years of experience working with children and families in the Bloomington area and extensive knowledge on the effects of domestic violence on children to her new position. Welcome Kendra! We are happy to have you on staff. If you would like to contact Kendra to find out what she can do for your agency and/or program she can be reached at 309-828-0742 or


Chair-ish Every Child  

The First Annual Chair-ish Every Child Gala will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2013, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Illinois State University, Bone Student Center, Prairie Room, 100 N. University St., Normal, Il  61761  The Gala will feature one of a kind chairs and artwork from local and other artists throughout the state. Register for the event at  Reservations are due by September 14, 2013.  The Gala will benefit Prevent Child Abuse Illinois throughout McLean County and surrounding communities.

Domestic Violence Month
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October is recognised throughout the United States as Domestic Violence Monh.  Call 217-522-1129 to order copies of PCA Illnois' brohure "The Effects of
Domestic Violence on Children:  Living In Fear" PCA Illinois staff are also available to speak on this topic.  Contact Denise McCaffrey to schedule a presentation at 217-522-1129 or
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Mark Your Calendar! 
Wyndam Lisle Hotel, Lisle, Illinois
 October 24 - 25,  2013



Conference and hotel registration now available on line at :
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The Illinois Department of Human Services, in partnership with the Healthy Families Illinois Leadership Committee and Prevent Child Abuse Illinois will host a Healthy Families Illinois Summit for Healthy Families Illinois program staff and advocates. The HFI Summit wil be held at the Wyndham Lisle Hotel on October 23, 2013 at 1p.m.
   For more information and registration material email Elaine Duensing or Mary Salisbury :


To schedule a Shaken Baby Syndrome Train the Trainer workshop or a Shaken Baby Syndrome Community Presentation contact Mary Salisbury at   217-522-1129 or  Both the Train-the-Trainer and the Community presentation meets DCFS requirements for Licensed Home Day Care Providers.  Visit the PCA Illinois website for the most current information. 

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Prevent Child Abuse Ilinois offers the 'Stewards of Children' child sexual abuse prevention training for adults.  This training is for all adults, parents and professionals, and particulaly for those working in youth-serving organizations.  The training educates adults about the steps that they can take to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse.  Participants will learn the '5 Steps' to protecting children and most importantly how to minimize the opportunity for child sexual abuse to occur.
For more information or to shedule a 'Stewards of Children' training, pleasee contact Jennifer Samartano
 Fourteenth International Conference on Shaken Baby/Abusive Head Trauma


Save the Date - September 21, 22, 23, 2014 - Denver, Colorado


Over the past 18 years the National Center on shaken Baby Syndrome has hosted 13 highly successful conferences on abusive head trauma. At each conference more the 800 professionals from medical, legal, prevention and victim family members have participated. Mark you calendars now for this 2014 conference in Denver. For more information view