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Family Receives Emergency Funds from Proviso Children’s Advocacy Center to Transfer Child to New Daycare Following Suspected Sexual Abuse

Made Possible by Their Annual Champions4Children Walk

BROADVIEW, IL (May 10, 2012) — When a local family learned that their eight-year-old son was being sexually abused by an employee at his daycare, he and his three siblings were immediately removed. Having the children at home required their mother to take a leave from work, making it difficult to pay a $1,000 monthly rent and utility bills with only the father still working. They simply did not have an extra $393 to start another daycare right away.

Referred to Resurrection Behavioral Health (RBH) Proviso Children’s Advocacy Center in Broadview by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), an interdisciplinary investigative team assembled to pursue the incident. Weekly counseling sessions were provided by RBH, not only because the eight-year-old was becoming quick to anger, but his weekly spelling tests were no longer at 80-97 percent. One major problem still remained: the family of six desperately needed a second income, which was not possible with the kids at home.

The Proviso Children’s Advocacy Center’s emergency fund—used for immediate and necessary needs, such as changing daycare facilities or door locks and buying food—was offered to the family so they could enroll their children into a new daycare, and their mother could go back to work. Donations are made to the Proviso Center’s emergency fund every year during their annual Champions4Children Walk.

This year the walk is on Saturday, May 12, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Donations can be made at cacionline.org by selecting “Donate to 2012 C4C Walk,” and choosing Proviso CAC or by calling the center directly at 708-338-3806, ext. 5302. The family is available for media interviews, but would like to remain anonymous.

Anyone who is interested in walking can still register. The 4-mile walk begins and ends at Memorial Park, 3101 Washington in Bellwood. The registration fee of $20 goes directly to Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois, the sponsor of the walk, whose mission is to raise awareness of the 10,500 Illinois children and families affected by allegations of sexual abuse.

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Proviso Children’s Advocacy Center is part of Provena Health – Resurrection Health Care, now joined as Presence Health. Proviso Children’s Advocacy Center is dedicated to helping children, adolescents, and their family members cope with the emotional and psychological stresses of abuse through specialized programming that supports the healing process. The Advocacy Center’s multi-disciplinary investigation team and advocacy group works in conjunction with local police departments, the Cook County States Attorney’s Office, Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), and local medical and mental health providers to implement a comprehensive, victim-sensitive approach to investigation and evaluation of sexual abuse allegations.

About Provena Health – Resurrection Health Care, Now Joined as Presence Health

Provena Health – Resurrection Health Care, now joined as Presence Health, is a family of Catholic, not-for profit, healthcare services providing advanced medical care and exceptional service with compassion and hope. With locations in Chicago and its collar counties, as well as in East-Central Illinois, it is the largest Catholic health provider in Illinois, encompassing 12 hospitals, 27 long term care and senior residential facilities, numerous outpatient services, clinics, home health services, hospice, private duty, and comprehensive Behavioral Health services. Presence Health is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, the Sisters of the Holy Family, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and the Sisters of the Resurrection. Visit www.provenaresurrection.org to learn more.

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