Summer 2017
Quarterly newsletter
Big changes at PCA Illinois
The summer of 2017 is bringing big changes to Prevent Child Abuse Illinois! Roy Harley has retired after more than 19 years as Executive Director. Roy has been our guiding light at PCA Illinois and has left a legacy of excellent programs and projects. We are happy that he will be able to spend more time with his family and his ministry, but he will be deeply missed by staff, board, and partners who have come to rely on his expertise and wisdom.   Good luck Roy!

With that news, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois is proud to welcome its new Executive Director, Denise McCaffrey. Denise has been with the agency for over 16 years and brings her vast experience and knowledge to the position. Denise will pick up where Roy left off spearheading our annual conference planning, overseeing new program development, and working with our current partners and stakeholders to keep child abuse and neglect prevention at the forefront throughout Illinois. Welcome Denise!

As if that wasn't enough, longtime Southern Region Prevention Specialist Tarra Winters is our new Director of Programs. Tarra will continue her great work in the Metro East area but will also serve PCA Ilinois statewide overseeing the Prevention Specialist project, the new DEC Alliance, and all PCA Illinois programs. Congratulations Tarra!
And since our last newsletter we would like to welcome Kristin Kaufman, Central Region Prevention Specialist and Jeremy Goeckner, Director of Communication and Development.

Big changes!! But the same commitment to protecting children
and promoting positive parenting!




23rd Annual Prevent Child Abuse Illinois Statewide Conference

Registration is now open for our annual child abuse prevention conference. The 2017 conference will be held in Lisle, Illinois, October 19-20. The registration brochure will be available August 1. Watch your inbox!  But you don't have to wait. Space is limited. Register today. Learn more.
Illinois Drug Endangered Children Alliance
Drug endangered children are part of a growing population of children whose lives have been seriously and negatively impacted by drugs and alcohol. PCA Illinois is working closely with the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children to bring training and awareness of this issue to Illinois.

Two training were held in July, one in Effingham and one in Carterville.  Each training reached a large multi-disciplined audience which included law enforcement, child welfare, substance abuse treatment providers, medical personnel, crisis intervention services and many more. In addition to defining the issue, the training also focused on how to implement the Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Approach, which has been proven to be effective in increasing the chances of better outcomes for drug endangered children and break multi-generational cycles of abuse and neglect.

Some of the risk for children in households where adults are involved with drugs include: attachment disorders, educational issues, environmental chaos, lack of supervision, violence and domestic violence, loss (from the child's perspective), ingestion and exposure, human or sex trafficking, and lack of necessities like healthy food, clothing and shelter. Together, we can form an alliance to address these issues and better protect children. PCA Illinois, along with key partners in the state, is in the planning stages of creating a Drug Endangered Children Alliance in Illinois. Individuals, programs, and agencies interested in joining this effort can contact Tarra Winters for more information. 

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Prevent Child Abuse Illinois envisions an Illinois where all children grow up in healthy, nurturing homes and communities free of abuse, neglect, violence or endangerment of any kind. We fully believe that everyone has a role to play in preventing child abuse and neglect.  Do you know what your role is? 

Our trainings and prevention brochures are designed to help others learn about the issues of child abuse and neglect and to help everyone learn what they can do to protect children. Contact us today to learn more about our trainings including "Stewards of Children" child sexual abuse prevention training, "Paper Tigers" documentary screenings, and training on the many facets of childhood trauma. These trainings and others are available free of charge.  Learn more about what you can do to help us realize our vision of a safe Illinois for all children.
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