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Friday December 19 2014

WSIU Public Television, Channels 8 & 16, is pleased to bring you this local resource for information and understanding about child protection in the region. In partnership with the producers of FRONTLINE, WSIU-TV has researched and prepared local programs and online information about:

  • Child protection and decision making about the care of abused children
  • Local cases of child abuse - media attention and DCFS involvement
  • Funding for child protection services and the case for system reform

Please click on Opinions to contribute your thoughts and opinions on this issue of vital concern to people in our area.

National Analysis and Insight

Frontline - Public affairs program with a series on child protection.

National Coalition for Child Protection Reform - In the fall of 1991, experts held a conference at Harvard Law School to organize a new group to take the case for child protection reform to the public. The National Coalition for Child Protection Reform is the result of that conference. NCCPR seeks to change policies concerning child abuse, foster care and family preservation.

National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association - CASA is an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocate, an organization of trained community volunteers who speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court. In 1990, the U.S. Congress encouraged the expansion of CASA with passage of the Victims of Child Abuse Act. Today more than 900 CASA programs are in operation, with 62,000 women and men serving as CASA volunteers.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Program - An organization within the U.S. Department of Justice that provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP supports states and local communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects the public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services.

The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 - This legislation established national goals for children in the child welfare system -- safety, permanency, and well-being. It seeks to dismantle the barriers between children waiting in foster care and permanent families.

When the Mask Slips - By Richard Wexler

Local Analysis and Insight

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services - The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services provides child welfare services in Illinois. The organization includes the Divisions of Child Protection, Foster Care and Permanency Services, Operations, Support Services, Health Policy, Administrative Case Review, Clinical Services, Purchase of Services, Quality Assurance, Education, and Training and Development Services. This web site includes information on policy, adoption, community services, foster care, day care and child protection. This web site offers links to many resources on adoption, child abuse prevention, child welfare, day care, foster care, schools of social work, and statistics.

American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois - The ACLU of Illinois is a membership organization with committed people in all parts of the Illinois devoted to protecting and extending the promises of the U.S. Constitution.

St. Clair County Court Appointed Special Advocates, Belleville
Bettie Schmidt, Director
Phone: 618-234-4278

CASA of Franklin County, Benton
Mariah Hayes, Executive Director
Phone: 618-435-8123

CASA Williamson County, Inc.
Heather Benac, Executive Director
Phone: 618-997-1301 ext. 182

Randolph/Perry County CASA - 20th Judicial Circuit
Janet Farthing, Executive Director
Phone: 618-443-2561

Prevent Child Abuse Illinois - The state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, which is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. This web site offers a number of links to resources on advocacy and prevention.

System of Care Illinois - Resources for families in area counties, including mental health, education, child welfare, juvenile justice, and other agencies. These groups work together to ensure families have access to the services and supports they need to succeed.

Southern Illinois Regional Social Services, Inc. - Assists young people under the age of 18 who are having problems at home, in school, and/or in the community. Many young people are involved or in danger of becoming involved with the juvenile justice or child welfare systems, while others may be runaways or having trouble with their parents, friends or teachers. Most young people come to work on specific problems. Others come to talk about general concerns with an adult who knows how to listen to them. Many services are delivered to youth and their families at home, school or other community locations comfortable for the youth and family.

Government Abuse of Citizens - Links to media stories about the case of Jeff and Belinda DuPuy of Carterville and their class action lawsuit against DCFS. The story aired on NBC Dateline in May, 2001.

Child Protection Reform is a white paper written by Jeffrey "Bear" Dupuy of Carterville. This essay covers key issues and presents recommendations on: the reform of federal and state financial policies, foster care reform, child abuse and neglect prevention, training and paperwork reduction for caseworkers, staff turnover, changes to hot line procedures, creation of national standard definitions for abuse and neglect, and national tracking of abuse and neglect cases.

Social Work Student Alliance is a student group within the SIUC School of Social Work that performs meaningful volunteer services in the community.

Legal Clinic of the SIUC School of Law offers clinical programs in areas such as domestic violence.

Poshard Foundation for Abused Children was established in 1999 by SIUC Vice Chancellor for Administration Glenn Poshard and his wife. Since its inception, the foundation has worked closely with other local child advocacy programs.
Glen Poshard, Phone: 618-985-2828 x8564, E-mail:

Royal Family Kids Camp is a one-week resident camp designed to meet the unique and overwhelming needs of the abused and neglected child. Children attending the camp are under supervision of the Department of Children and Family Services. More than 60 adult volunteers contribute to this non-profit initiative each summer. For more information about the camp for kids in our area, to make a donation or sign up to volunteer, please contact Dennis Preston, pastor of Christian Fellowship Church in Mt. Vernon.
2416 Cherry Street
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

The Charter for Illinois Children represents a common vision and goals for kids in six areas: family, education, safety, economic security, health and arts, recreation and culture.

Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois is a social service agency representing children and families of all faiths, races and ethnic backgrounds.

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois promotes healing, justice and wholeness to people of all races, ages, religions and economic circumstances through an array of services at approximately 100 program sites across Illinois. Its major areas of service include Behavioral Health Services (counseling, mental health, substance abuse treatment and developmental disabilities services), Children's Community Services (Foster Care and Adoption, Head Start and Day Care), Senior Services (Community, Housing Management and Nursing Care Services) and Prisoner and Family Ministry.

Child Care Resource and Referral in Carterville works with families, providers and communities to improve the quality of child care in the southern fifteen counties of Illinois. CCR&R provides parents with child care referrals and information on evaluating quality child care, plus resources on various parenting issues. CCR&R offers child care providers access to valuable training and support services.

Project CHILD was designed to link child care providers and parents with a variety of community resources, including each other. For more information, please call 800-362-7257. Project CHILD is located in Mt. Vernon.

Project 12 Ways offers a range of services to families in 11 Southern Illinois counties. Its primary focus is to teach children and their parents the skills necessary to get along without abuse and neglect.

Williamson County Child Advocacy Center Provides social services to childhood victims of sexual and serious physical abuse in Williamson, Franklin and Johnson counties. Offers a victim sensitive interview room, referrals and payment for counseling, court advocacy, transportation, and other services.
Kathy Schimpf, Executive Director; Phone: 618.942.3800 ; E-mail:

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