Spring 2014

Welcome to the Prevent Child Abuse Illinois E-mail Newsletter! We look forward to bringing you child abuse prevention information, free trainings, free material, and updates about our prevention efforts throughout the state.

Spring is finally on the way in! We have many events happening this spring, and we hope you'll be able to participate in some of them. Please read more to learn about the exciting ways you can help support child abuse prevention.

April is Child Abuse
Prevention Month.

April is a significant month for us here at Prevent Child Abuse Illinois. This is the time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and encourage individuals and communities to support children and families. We offer many events, kick-offs, trainings, pinwheel plantings and more this month. There are resources on our website that include: our community packet, ways you can show your support and activities for children.

Learn more.

9th Annual Metro East Meth + Other Drugs Conference coming soon.

The 9th Annual Metro East Meth + Other Drugs Conference will be held on April 23-24 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL.  Some topics addressed include local and national drug trends, trauma informed care, mandated reporting, women in recovery, and many others.   


If you would like more information about the conference or registration, please contact Tarra Winters at twinters@preventchildabuseillinois.org.


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Prevent Child Abuse Illinois Staff offers the "Stewards of Children" child sexual abuse prevention training for adults.

Research shows that 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time they turn 18.


Stewards of Children is a 2-hour, evidence-informed training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for parents, youth serving organizations, and other concerned individuals.


Stewards of Children is for anyone who wants to make a difference in their community by educating adults about the protection of children.


For more information contact Prevention Specialist Jennifer Samartano at jsamartano@preventchildabuseillinois.org.

Two great fundraising events for Prevent Child Abuse Illinois are coming up!

Want to support Prevent Child Abuse Illinois? You can attend one (or both!) of these events, and know that you'll have a great time while you are doing your part to help prevent child abuse!


Chair-ish Every Child - May 3, 2014 in Normal, IL


Illinois Walk for Children: Be a Superhero to Every Child - June 7, 2014 at Southern View Park in Springfield 


Learn more about both events.  

Pledge to protect children

Alongside Governor Pat Quinn,we invite you to join us and take the pledge to protect children in your community from abuse and neglect.

The Illinois Blue Bow Committee is building a coalition dedicated to preventing the 27,000 reported cases of child abuse and neglect that take place every year in Illinois.By signing the Governor's Pledge, you agree to support the protection of Illinois' children. 

Sign it now! 



Resource 2014 Guide is here!

In support of these efforts, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, its Child Welfare Information Gateway, the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy - Strengthening Families have created Making Meaningful Connections 2014 Resource Guide.


Download it.  





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