Summer 2015

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.

Happy 4th of July!


Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. How about this? Let your young children use glow sticks instead. They can be just as fun but they don't burn at a temperature hot enough to melt glass. Check out these 4th of July tips to keep yourself and your family safe, while having a fun holiday weekend.


4th of July Safety Tips. Visit here.  



Home Visiting Safety Training scheduled for Southern Illinois.


Have you ever worried about your safety during a home visit? Do you know what to look for and what to do if you feel at risk? Would you be able to protect yourself and the others around you in a dangerous situation?   


Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, in partnership with  The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children, will host a training that will explore the unique challenges faced by outreach workers as well as general safety techniques for working with individuals and families outside of the office environment.  


"General Safety for Outreach Workers:  Safeguarding Yourself and Others" will be presented by Mark Benson, LCPC, who has been training about mental health issues since 2002.   


Where: John A. Logan College in Carterville  

When: July 24, 2015 from 9am-3pm   


If you are interested in attending this training, you can register at

For more information about the training, please contact Tarra Winters at [email protected]


Summer and Child Sexual Abuse Prevention. 


Lazy days of summer are anything but when it comes to keeping your children safe over the summer months especially from child sexual abuse. Many children may have more freedom over the summer but it is extremely important for parents and caretakers to keep a few things in mind about safety:


  • Sexual abuse is any sexual act between and adult and a minor, or between two minors, when one exerts power over the other. 90% of children who are victims know their abuser. 80% or more of child sexual abuse incidents happen in isolated one-on-one situations.
  • Know where your children are, who your children are with, and what your children are doing. Be engaged in their activities.
  • Talk openly with your children about personal safety. Have age-appropriate, open conversations about their bodies, sex, and boundaries.
  • For older children, talk often and keep the conversation going as that will help create a protective bond between parent and child. If they have concerns, teens will be more likely to feel confident in discussing their concerns with you.
  • For small children it is important to teach them the 'Swimsuit Lesson'. The Swimsuit Lesson teaches children how to keep their bodies safe. The part of the body that the swimsuit covers are private and no one should touch them there. If someone touches them or tries to touch those parts that they must not be afraid to tell mom or dad or another trusted adult immediately. 
For more information about "The Swimsuit Lesson",



Online Safety.


Remember it is also important to also keep your children safe online as in the summer they will tend to be on the computer more, their cell phones more, and gaming more on their video games. It is important to monitor your child's use on all of these.


Resources on how to keep your children safe:


Internet Safety Tips from PCA Illinois 


Connect Safely 


Internet Safety for Children  


Internet Safety for Teens:  and 


For more information about child sexual abuse prevention, please contact Jennifer Samartano, [email protected], or call 630-701-4710.

Human Trafficking the featured topic for the 2015 CAP Summit


 Human trafficking continues to greatly impact our children, youth, families and communities, so I ask you, when is enough...enough?  Given that there are well over 100, 000 children and youth being forced into forced into sex trafficking within the United States of America, the time is now for communities to take a stand.  The training will focus on what makes up this multi-billion dollar industry, as well as what individuals and community groups can do to combat it.  Given that space is limited, we would recommend that you register early.    


When: September 3, 2015 from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Where: The Baby Fold, Normal, Illinois 


If you have interest in attending this training, please follow the link below: 


Drowning is the second-leading cause of death in Illinois children under five years old. Lack of adult supervision is often a common factor in these deaths.Now that it's summer, make sure you and anyone supervising children knows to never leave a child unattended around water! 

Check out our website to download a free coloring book for your child to learn about water safety this summer.      


Healthy Families Illinois


Our Healthy Families Illinois webpage has gotten a facelift! Now you can find more information about:
  • Healthy Families Illinois Network
  • Committee Descriptions, Contacts and Recent Minutes
  • Cluster Group Locations and Contacts




2015 Illinois Walk for Children a success!


The 6th Annual Illinois Walk for Children: Be a Superhero to Every Child was held on June 6th, and it was a beautiful day!  


We want to thank all of the walkers, donors, volunteers and sponsors who supported this event --- making it an even bigger and better walk than the previous year.


All the money raised will go directly to child abuse prevention. Thank you so much!