The Child Protection Network is a 501(c)3 organization that supports the work of the Children's Advocacy Center and the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) programs in their quest to protect children. We believe that every child has the right to a home free of abuse and neglect.
We support the Children's Advocacy Centers in Mclean, Livingston, and Dewitt Counties in their endeavor to investigate crimes against children and provide support to innocent family members and the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program that recruits and trains community volunteers to be a voice for children placed in the foster care system.
*******APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH**********
PLEASE CLICK on the EVENTS TAB above to find more info on April Awareness and UPCOMING Fundraiser Events!
418 pinwheels were placed in front of the McLean County Museum of History this month to represent:
295 children SERVED by Children's Advocacy Center in McLean, DeWitt, and Livingston counties &
123 children SERVED by Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASA, of McLean County in 2016.
Please find more April Awareness INFORMATION under the EVENTS TAB above.
A very special THANK YOU goes out to Youth Global Citizens who have partnered with CPN the last 8 months. These outstanding young students ran 2 Fundraisers to benefit CPN at:
our local Jason's Deli in Normal and Panera off of South Veterans, Bloomington.
They also designed and sold Darkness to Light T-shirts to raise funds for CPN!
What an incredible group of individuals to work with!
THANK YOU YGC for ALL of your hard work and dedication!
We have had such amazing support in this community!
We must also shout out to ABC#117 Run that raised $825 for CPN this past month on March 18, 2017!
Here's a great little back story shared to us from one of our former CPN Board Members, Robyn Walter:
Merlin Anderson and running friends started these RUN events over 10 years ago as a way to bring runners together to raise money for LOCAL organizations that SERVE CHILDREN. Each month a different person hosts the run in their very own HOME or agency, where people bring food and beverages, as well as free will donations.
Since 2012....6 of these RUNS have been done for the Child Protection Network raising $6961.
THANK YOU ABC#117 for all of your continued support throughout the years! We are SO grateful!
Another special THANK YOU to the Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP), a student-run organization, sponsored by Illinois Prairie Community Foundation (IPCF). YEP students reach out to and SERVE organizations like CPN that BENEFIT YOUTH in the area. These committed McLean County students chose Child Protection Network as one of their annual Grant Recipients and CPN was granted $1,850 to help pay for Gas Cards and Lock Boxes to the McLean County Child Advocacy Center.
Their motto: FROM Youth, FOR Youth.
AGAIN, thank you YEP students for choosing CPN!
Catherine Porter, one of CPN's respected Board Members, seen in the picture on the right below, attending a ceremony honoring the YEP students last month!
As of January 1, 2016, facility dogs are allowed in courtrooms to accompany child victims of sexual abuse. The comfort these animals bring is unique and profound. CPN is thrilled to have been able to provide $10,700 to help bring Joch to McLean County. CAC Director Judy Brucker, welcomed the fully trained, 2 year old labrador to the center last month and states "Best practice research shows that kids do well if they are feeling comforted at a time when they are anxious and they've experienced some sort of trauma." We know Joch will be an important part of their multidisciplinary team, bringing comfort to child victims of abuse and neglect.
Darkness to Light Training
Darkness to Light Education/Awareness classes are offered four times each year. These 2 1/2 hour classes provide critical knowledge to help adults recognize warning signs of abuse and react responsibly. Please contact Mary Pat Frugo-Anderson at 309-888-5771 for more information. Training dates for the 2017 calendar year include:
January 24th 12-2:30pm
April 19th 4-6:30pm
June 24th 10-12:30pm
November 15 4-6:30pm