our programs

To learn more about our different programs, click the images below.

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CAP Coalitions

A Child Abuse Prevention Coalition brings together community members, social service providers, civic organizations, parents, school personnel, law enforcement, health care providers, individuals and others interested in preventing child abuse and neglect and promoting healthy communities.

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Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

A child who is the victim of sexual abuse can experience emotional and psychological problems that can be devastating to the child and last into adulthood. Children need adults to be aware of the signs and symptoms of abuse and they need adults who are willing to do something about it. PCA Illinois trainings teach participants about the signs of child sexual abuse and what you can do to help.

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Trauma & Resilience

Children who have experienced complex trauma often have difficulty identifying, expressing, and managing emotions, which can lead to their responses being unpredictable and/or explosive. Children who are exposed to complex trauma face numerous risks, including the risk of being abused and neglected. To learn more, click the image above.

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20 Ways Lists

As a part of our 20th Anniversary in 2010, we as an agency marked the occasion by developing these 12 lists of 20 Ways to help create great childhoods and prevent child abuse. The lists were developed with the help of our entire staff and centered around themes for each month of the year. To view or download the lists simply click on the picture for the month you want to view.

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Home Visiting in Illinois

The centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that home visitation programs are highly effective at reducing child maltreatment, especially among high risk families. Learn more about how PCA Illinois supports home visiting.

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Substance Abuse 
& Children

Substance abuse is a growing problem in our families and hurts everyone in the family, especially children. Some people think substance abuse is “drug abuse” and means only illegal drugs like cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, crack and others. Actually, substance abuse includes alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs and illegal drugs.

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Waterwise... Supervise!

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. These trainings offer tips concerning swimming pools, baby pools, bathtubs, and buckets.

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Safe Baby Program

PCA Illinois offers three programs underneath the Safe Baby Program umbrella: Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention, Safe Sleep Program, and Happiest Baby on the Block. Click the image above to learn more.

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Domestic Violence & Children

Domestic violence, or intimate partner violence, is a pattern of abusive behaviors that is used by one partner to gain power and control over another intimate partner.  Domestic violence can include physical, psychological, verbal, financial, sexual, spiritual or emotional abuse.  Most often, children are aware of the abuse in the home and the effects can be traumatic and long-lasting.

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30 Second Parenting Tips

Helping parents exactly where they are... it was this simple idea that spurred the launch of "30 Second Parenting Tips". The viral video series which launched on February 5th, 2019 is a part of a new strategy to get the knowledge and advice of the professionals at PCA Illinois into the hands of everyday parents. The video series is a part of a broader #ParentTipTuesday social media campaign.