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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Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention

Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is one of the most severe forms of child abuse. According to the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, every six hours a child is shaken in the U.S. and 25% of all babies who are shaken die from their injuries. PCA Illinois provides trainings that help participants understand the signs, effects and causes of SBS and the impact on families and society.

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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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Healthy Families 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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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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Happiest Baby on the Block

The Happiest Baby on the Block is a technique developed by Dr. Harvey Karp for soothing a crying infant. It includes five specific components which trigger what Dr. Karp calls the “calming reflex." This training provides valuable tools and techniques for new and expectant parents.

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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.