The Child Protection Network is a 501c3 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.
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.
Blue Kid Holiday Trees have arrived!
November and December 2016
Visit one of our Blue Kid Holiday trees in the community, pull a tag off, and shop for a child....what a great way to donate items to a child in need! The trees started arriving at various locations.
In McLean County: Baxter's, Center for Wellness, CornBelt Energy, Dr. Burgess' Dental Office, Flingers, Fox-n-Hounds, O'Dears Salon, Maguire's Pub, McLean County Administrator's Office, State's Attorney's Office, Clerk's Offices, Westminster Village, True Health Chiropractic & Massage.
In DeWitt County: Chamber of Commerce Office and John Warner Hospital.
In Livingston County: Pontiac Schools.
Thank you all for your continued support! These need items will help the families we serve throughout the year.
Bringing Abuse to Light
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 the CAC at (309) 888-5656 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
CASA Applications DUE: January 6th, 2017
"Children have a right to feel safe, loved, and cared for. They also have the undeniable right to learn, grow, and become the people they are destined to be. "
"No child should have to stand alone. Kids in foster care need a voice. You can help... become a CASA."
“Being a CASA is like opening my heart to allow those who are hurt to heal.” A CASA once said, “You start out to change a child’s life and find you’ve also changed your own.”
"It’s everyone’s job to protect children. Each day at the Child Protection Network, abused and neglected children find Hope and Healing."
"Thank you for joining us in standing up for kids!"
"Powerless children need powerful voices."