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Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Illinois' Plan to Prevent Traumatized Foster Children From Becoming Violent

From The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services launched a program this spring to help foster children who have been exposed to trauma. Experts say such children are likely to become violent themselves if they do not get help. The program is the first of its kind in the country, state officials say, and could be expanded to all at-risk children if the pilot program is successful.

"Part of the focus here is that if we can intervene with some of these kids and teach them to value themselves and teach them how to care for themselves and love themselves, then maybe we can break that cycle," said David Moore, an administrator of the trauma program at Kids Hope United in Collinsville.

The Metro East-area program began in April and targets foster children ages 12 to 19. Programs for children from birth to 5 and from 5 to 11 are under way in Chicago and Peoria. The 16-week Metro East-area project, covering the counties of St. Clair, Madison, Bond, Monroe, Clinton, Washington and Randolph, is funded by a state grant of about $160,000. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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