Child Health

The 22nd Annual Prevent Child Abuse Illinois Statewide Conference, Creating Great Childhoods . . . The Building Blocks of Prevention, will be here soon enough and people can start registering right away.

It’s at the Wyndham Springfield City Center Hotel (previously the Hilton) on October 20th and 21st. It features 3 plenary sessions and 24 breakout sessions addressing current and emerging issues in the field. A must attend for professionals working with children and families in social work, medicine, teaching, counseling, child protection, law enforcement, early childhood, and more.

  • Very reasonable cost still at $199. Meals and refreshments provided. Overnights at $70 and $85.
  • Convenient on-line registration at
  • Register now - Pay later option will be available again but requires hard copy after the registration brochure is available the 1st of August. Then you can simply mail or fax your registration, provide a Purchase Order or a Voucher or a Signed Letter of Approval, AND your agency’s FEIN number. That’s it. You’re in. We bill you and your agency pays us when your agency gets paid.
  • CEU’s for Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Educators, DV professionals, Child Care Workers, and DCFS Clock Hours will also be available without cost as in the past.

Thanks so much. We are looking forward to another great conference!

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Importance of Well-Child Visits

The importance of well-child preventive visits are invaluable in order to help your child grow healthy and strong. Regular well-child visits are an opportunity to build trust and communication between parents and their child’s pediatrician.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Bright Futures have outlined guidelines considered to be the gold standard for pediatric care. Knowing what to expect and what questions to ask is a crucial part to every well-child visit from infancy through adolescence.
For more information, please:
Click here to prepare questions and consider topics for discussion during your child’s well visits.
Click here for the AAP recommended Preventive Pediatric Health Care Schedule.   

Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect

What is Child Abuse and Neglect?

  • Physical abuse – an injury to a child that is not an accident and may include: hitting, punching, beating, burning, biting, kicking, cutting, shaking, or any action that physically harms a child.
  • Emotional abuse – maltreatment of a child that may involve criticizing, insulting, yelling, swearing, manipulating, rejecting, or withholding love.
  • Sexual abuse – any sexual activity with a child, including exhibitionism, photographs or videos, pornography, prostitution, fondling, or rape.
  • Neglect – failure to provide for a child’s basic physical, emotional, medical, or educational needs.

Who Abuses Children?

Most often the abuser is someone the child knows, such as a parent, relative, neighbor, or friend of the family.

Where Does Child Abuse Happen?

Child abuse happens wherever children are, where they live, sleep, learn, or play.

How Often Does Child Abuse Occur?

Each year, close to 3 million reports of suspected abuse are filed in the United States. Many more cases never get reported. One victim of child abuse is one too many!