Hope and Healing – Recovery from Trauma

Advocacy Network for Children is excited to offer a new, free support program in Adams County, IL! Please call and register prior to the first session.

Our program provides support to heal from the pain of sexual abuse and helps reunite your family. We want all individuals that have faced abuse, as well as their families, to receive treatment that will help mend the effects caused by sexual abuse.

The goal for this group is to reduce the stigma that comes with abuse services, gain support and build coping skills for children and their caregivers. Some topics we will cover in the meetings are common reactions to stress, feeling identification, relaxation and problem solving, and preparing for the future.

Program Information –

• For children and their caregivers
• Children 8-18 years old welcome
• Beginning in September
• Meetings are held once a week for six weeks
• After the six weeks, the program will meet once a month.
• Groups will meet for 90 minutes
• Free to attend
• Free childcare provided

Must register prior to first session!

Fighting Abuse. Restoring Lives.

To register or for more information contact Clairice Hetzler MSW, LCSW at clairicehetzler@gmail.com or (217)257-8262

Click the following link to view or print the full brochure…Hope and Healing Informational Brochure October 2018

October 9th, 2018

Morgan County Residents Stepping Up for CASA

Morgan County CASA in Jacksonville, IL has sworn in their second group of CASA Volunteers. Advocacy Network for Children is so lucky to have people to speak up for abused or neglected children in court. Without them, more children could become victimized and may be lost in an overburdened child welfare system. Please tell them they are wonderful and congratulate them because they are Super Heros to the children.

Left to right: CASA Coordinator Libby Gaige, Joann McManus, Judge Tobin, Wanda Dame, Lyn Dietz, Jeanie Brown and Ralph Langford.


September 17th, 2018

Stalking: When Obsession Goes to Far

Did you know perpetrators stalk children too? They do. Online, in-person, and in public.

According to the CDC, approximately 7.5 million Americans each year report stalking incidents. Join representatives from the Quincy area community as they explore the issue, identify warning signs, and provide strategies to deal with stalking.

The 8th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council 2018 will take place Friday, September 21, 2018 at the Quincy Senior & Family Resource Center located at 639 York Street, Quincy, IL 62301. Registration is 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. and the summit runs from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The cost is $20.00 per person and includes materials, lunch, and snacks at breaks.  Registration fees are waived for Law Enforcement, Fireman and EMS. Available CEU fees (if there is a charge for your profession) are due at the time of registration. Checks should be written to JWCC (John Wood Community College). You can register by email at lmegown@wciagingnetwork.org, by regular mail at Laura Megown, FVCC Coordinator, 639 York Street, Quincy, IL 62301. 

CEU fees are:

MTU Law Enforcement-No/chg. • IL State EMS ECON-No/Chg. • IL Adult Protective Service Professionals-No/chg. • Certified DV Professionals-$15.00 • IL Alcohol & Drug Abuse Professionals -$15.00 • Nursing-$15.00 • IL Licensed Nursing Home Administrators-$15.00 • Activity Directors-$15.00 • Cosmetology-$15.00 • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist-$15.00 • Licensed Social Worker-$15.00 • Licensed Professional Counselor-$15.00 • Clinical Professional Counseling-$15.00

Summit Objectives include:

Defining Stalking/Aggravated Stalking/Cyberstalking • Recognizing personal risk factors • Identifying healthy versus unhealthy behaviors and relationships • Recognizing typologies/psychology of a “typical” stalker • Identify risk factors and warning signs of stalking behavior • Developing a personal protection plan (PPP) • Distinguish between pre and post breakup indicators • Articulate the role of law enforcement (IL)

The summit will feature key note speaker, Dr. Olivia Johnson, a former United States Air Force and former police officer with a master’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice. 

To print the registration form, click here ⇒ 2018 FVCC Flyer

September 14th, 2018