child neglect

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Over a thousand brand new toys and gifts will be distributed to abused, abandoned and neglected children in southern Illinois.

Poshard Foundation Gives Grants to Local Agencies

Apr 30, 2019
A group of people standing behind a podium.
Steph Whiteside/WSIU

The Poshard Foundation gave $100,000 to 29 local agencies serving abused, neglected, and abandoned children. 

Jo Poshard, director of the Foundation, says this is a particularly pressing issue here in Southern Illinois.

"We have at least twenty counties in what I call deep Southern Illinois with child abuse rates that are double, triple, and sometimes even quadruple the state average," she said, citing statistics from the Department of Children and Family Services.