Helping Victims Heal from Sexual Abuse
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EN • TRE ILDR A CH TI NG G N I FA CT MIL PROTE IES Juvenile Protective Association 1707 N. Halsted Chicago, IL 60614 A Publication of the Juvenile Protective Association • Summer 2007 312-440-1203 Fax 312-440-9563 www.juvenile.org Helping Victims Heal from Sexual Abuse JPA is a private, non- profit organization In addition to direct services JPA provides care. We found that younger as well as African dedicated since 1901 to to families dealing with child abuse or neglect, American victims were particularly unlikely helping Chicago’s most we also partner with other agencies serving these to receive care, often because parents were not disadvantaged, troubled victims. One such collaboration, JPA’s Building convinced that it was necessary. Additionally, families break the cycle Bridges Project, is a three-year partnership when referral to another agency occurs, it is of abuse and neglect. with the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center often difficult for parents to trust this new service Using highly trained (CCAC). This important community project provider with their child. As such, they may face professionals, JPA ensures was generously funded through a $300,000 three practical barriers in getting their child to the new the safety and emotional year grant from Topfer Family Foundation. The therapist. security of vulnerable CCAC serves child victims of sexual abuse and We have worked with the CCAC to improve children; influences public their families. Their main mission is to ensure the referral process, making it “user-friendly” and policy through research that investigations of sexual abuse are effective educating parents about what treatment entails and education; and brings and comfortable for the child victims. Every and why it is important for children. We have hope to families. year, the CCAC works with more than 1,000 also helped the CCAC communicate with other vulnerable children. Our partnership with the agencies that provide treatment to ensure that Richard H. Calica CCAC focused on the mental health needs of referrals proceed smoothly. As a result of this team Executive Director these children. effort, there has been a demonstrated increase in Because of the very large number of children the number of children who now receive mental Katy Hinsdale who have been sexually abused, many of them health treatment. Managing Editor do not receive any mental health treatment. The In addition to improving the referral process, Building Bridges Project helped CCAC expand we have also worked with the CCAC to expand David E. Wiercinski, CFRE their mission by increasing capacity to provide the mental health services provided. Although Editor mental health treatment to victims and their referrals continue to be necessary, CCAC has Allison Jones families. Also, we worked in helping to improve more than doubled the number of children they Assistant Editor the process by which the CCAC referred families now serve through mental health treatments. for mental health services elsewhere. Providing Along with child victims gaining access to mental health services to child victims of sexual services they need, we have worked with CCAC abuse is challenging work; these children face a to ensure that there is a quality control in place. In this issue host of problems arising from their traumatic This affirms that services are meeting needs, and experiences including guilt, anxiety and provides a method for evaluating their impact A Case Study depression. Another challenge is helping parents toward improvement. The Building Bridges understand their children’s needs. Project has helped many child victims of sexual Executive Director’s Many parents of sexual abuse victims simply abuse including Tatiana, a child who recently Report want to “forget about it” and “move on,” hoping received treatment services through the CCAC. that their children’s problems will simply fade Tatiana was ten years old when she came to Take the Challenge with time. This is rarely the case. Thus, the the CCAC, having been reported as a victim of process of treatment often begins with getting a sexual abuse. Like many victims, Tatiana had a Upcoming Events parent “on-board” in meeting their child’s need difficult childhood before any abuse occurred. for treatment. She had lost her parents at a young age and also Gala Sets New Record! One key aspect of the Building Bridges experienced developmental delays. She was Project was collaborating with CCAC to increase the number of child victims who actually receive ...continued on page 3 Executive Director’s Report I am pleased them (as a group) at very high risk for current research has shown a consistent to report that abuse, neglect and poor developmental 20-year gap between knowledge gleaned JPA was the outcomes. from clinical research and the translation United Way of Earlier this year, we surveyed 27 of this knowledge into front-line clinical Metropolitan teachers from these three Chicago Public practice. We are committed to shortening C h i c a g o’s Schools whose students had received JPA this gap by creating systems of ongoing 2006 recipient of The Outstanding services. Teachers were asked to rate the data collection and analyzing this data in Leadership in Continuous Quality quality of services, how these services were order to determine how to most effectively Improvement Award. This award helpful and where they could be improved. provide services. We understand the recognizes a partner agency that has been Overall ratings of JPA service quality were importance of recognizing the strength of a leader in implementing a CQI system extremely positive. Over 90% of teachers our clients as being one of our best resources within its program/agency. Continuous were either very/somewhat satisfied with for service design and implementation. quality improvement is a commitment JPA services and none of the teachers Our Director of Clinical Services to the monitoring and measuring of the gave a dissatisfied rating of JPA services. has extensive research and publication quality of services and to use knowledge More specifically, 70-80% of respondents experience and is dedicated to taking the gained to improve the effectiveness of indicated that they were very satisfied with information we gather from clients and our services. Any well run business has a JPA’s individual counseling (80%), small using it to improve the quality of our CQI Program. As JPA’s core business is group counseling (70%), and classroom services. Our clinical staff all have Master’s the safety and well being of abused and groups (80%). Teachers provided multiple degrees and extensive post graduate neglected children, such a program is positive comments about how JPA training in development, diagnosis essential. programs were helpful to children with the and treatment. Ongoing training and JPA engages in innovative direct service only suggestion being for more services. professional development are critical to programs to help vulnerable children, Through Year 3 of our Non-Organic continually improving the quality of JPA’s youth and families. We are committed Failure to Thrive collaborative project, we services. Professional development is a to learning from our work in order to provide in-home and clinic-based services key CQI strategy. In addition to extensive improve our own services and contribute for children who are failing to grow supervision and consultation at JPA, clinical to knowledge in the field about how to adequately. JPA staff rigorously monitor staff participate annually in multiple keep children safe--not only in Chicago, weight gain outcomes and have developed trainings and clinical consultations outside but also statewide and nationally. JPA an innovative way to graph each child’s of JPA to extend their knowledge on new currently measures: individual outcomes, weight relative to the 5th percentile growth practice approaches, research findings, family functioning and client satisfaction. curve. This has enabled us to assess and ethical issues, and clinical theory. Outcomes are reviewed and used to guide more clearly demonstrate our effectiveness Data from JPA’s CQI process are program refinements. Since there are (over 80% have shown observable now reviewed regularly by multiple levels few empirically based rates of success in improvements) in communicating with in the organization and used to make working with our target population, our our partners and funders. Thanks to modifications, thus strengthening the findings also help to establish meaningful the longstanding generosity of VNA agency’s programs and improving services benchmarks. JPA uses its continuous Foundation, Hedge Funds Care, Prince to our target population. By careful data quality improvement measures for all of Charitable Trusts and Field Foundation collection and analysis: we can demonstrate our projects as well. for supporting the development of this the efficacy of the treatment we provide; In the second year of our Building important community project. we can modify and/or improve on what we Bridges to North Lawndale pilot project, As a voluntary agency which is do to obtain even better outcomes; we can JPA is providing access to quality mental primarily funded by non-government advise others about strategies that work, health and supportive services to troubled sources, JPA defines its mission as both and; we can report back to our donors children in three elementary schools. providing direct services and contributing on how their support has been used to These children reside in economically to knowledge so that clients like the achieve our goals of keeping children safe impoverished, high crime neighborhoods ones we serve directly can receive the and emotionally secure. with family characteristics which put best interventions available. The field of Helping Victims Heal from Sexual Abuse Take the Challenge! ...continued from page 1 The Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust raised by several different relatives, (EMGCT) has provided an important challenge to 2007 one of whom, it turns out, sexually JPA as a way to leverage their three year $150,000 abused her over several years. When $ 130,000 commitment to the Building Bridges to North Lawndale this abuse was uncovered, the man $ 120,000 (BBNL) pilot project. Within the context of the Trust’s was criminally charged. challenge, JPA needs to raise $130,000 for the project At the time Tatiana came to $ 110,000 by November 30, 2007 to receive $50,000 from the CCAC for help, she possessed $ 100,299 Trust and $136,000 by November 30, 2008 to secure several symptoms common in cases a third year $50,000 grant. Just $29,701 remains to be of long-term abuse. She was anxious $ 90,000 raised toward fulfilling this year’s challenge. Your gift and depressed along with frequent $ 80,000 today will get us that much closer to fulfilling our 2007 thoughts of suicide. Also, she challenge by the end of November. experienced a great deal of difficulty $ 70,000 In the second of a three year pilot project, BBNL relating to other adults, which was $ 60,000 has served more than 300 children (pre-k through 8th not surprising given her traumatic grade) within three elementary level Chicago Public experiences. $ 50,000 Schools (Gregory, Lathrop and Pope) in the North Additionally, it was troublesome $ 40,000 Lawndale community. A fourth school is being added later for her to associate with other this year. Within these schools, JPA provides counseling children. Occasionally, she acted $ 30,000 and supportive services to troubled children identified out in sexually inappropriate ways. by their teacher and/or parent as having emotional and/ $ 20,000 Treatment involved educating or social problems. JPA’s services are designed to help Tatiana and her aunt (who was $ 10,000 children take advantage of the educational opportunities acting as her primary caregiver) provided by these public elementary schools toward about sexual abuse. Tatiana learned reaching their emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and that what had happened to her was social potential. Additionally, therapists provide support not her fault. Her aunt learned that and consultation to teachers along with support and many of the behavioral problems counseling to parents in helping them understand their Tatiana experienced were common child’s emotional needs and behavioral problems. The responses to sexual abuse. Through BBNL is staffed by a dedicated team of professionals therapy, Tatiana learned how to regain with expertise in individual and group counseling, trusting relationships with caring program implementation and management, as well as quality improvement and evaluation. adults, while also learning methods Along with the EMGCT, JPA wishes to recognize the generosity of major contributors for identifying “risky” situations, so to the pilot project thus far including the Steans Family Foundation, the United Way of as to avoid further victimization. Metropolitan Chicago Venture Investment Fund, Col. Stanley R. McNeil Foundation, Little By the end of therapy one year Angel Foundation and W.P. & H.B. White Foundation. later, Tatiana is better able to relate If you would like to help and need more information, please contact JPA’s Chief to adults with a normal mixture of Development Officer, David Wiercinski, CFRE at (312) 698-6937. reserve and engagement. Tatiana and her aunt have developed a positive relationship. She is improving in school and has become more Upcoming Events comfortable with her own feelings. November 2007 She is learning to identify as well It’s time for a Girl’s Night Out at the hottest fundraiser on the as communicate her concerns to North Shore…What Women Want (WWW)! Start calling your girlfriends both her therapist and aunt. By all and make a date for Thursday, November 8, 2007 at the Kenilworth Club. accounts, Tatiana has evolved into a WWW is a great way to start off your holiday shopping while normal, happy little girl. enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and good company! Through JPA’s Building Bridges For sponsorship or ticket information, please contact Allison at (312) 698-6939. Project at the CCAC, Tatiana -- and many children in crisis like her -- are April 2008 now better able to heal from sexual It’s never too early to mark your calendars for next year’s Gala, abuse and lead healthy and more scheduled for Friday, April 18, 2008 at the Four Seasons Hotel. productive lives. JPA’s Gala Sets New Record! JPA’s 2007 “Light The Way… competitive and exciting live auction, featuring of the invitation printing and Greenhouse Brightening The Hopes Of Children” Gala two tickets to a taping of The Oprah Winfrey Communications for their creative design and reached a milestone this year—raising over Show, a signed Babe Ruth baseball, a trip for skillful production of the Gala invitations. $300,000 for JPA’s crucial treatment and two to one of 24 major sporting counseling programs serving disadvantaged events and the grand prize, “A families! Royal Rajasthan Palace Tour”—a JPA Board Members Dana Ragiel (also the trip for two to India! Additionally, 2006 co-chair) and Steve Sutherland served as the famous Ken Arlen Orchestra Co-Chairs for this year’s event, held on May had guests dancing throughout the 11th at The Four Seasons Hotel. Along with night! the dedicated Gala Committee, Board of Many thanks are offered to Directors and Auxiliary Board, they created JPA’s Official Airline, American an unforgettable event which was attended by Airlines, for their special donation nearly 400 guests and will go on record now of air travel certificates, KPMG as being the most successful Gala in dollars for expertly printing the program Let the good times roll! Friends of JPA, Shirley Marx, Fred Tokowitz, raised for JPA to date! and auction books, as well as Maria Pappas & Peter Kamberos and JPA Board Member Doreen Rogers and husband Peter, enjoy the night’s festivities. Highlights of the evening included a very generously underwriting the cost Friends of JPA, Bill & Nancy Carpenter were the lucky winners of the grand prize live Over $7 ,000 was raised in raffle tickets sales Congrats to this year’s “Light the Way...Brightening auction item, “A Royal Rajasthan Palace Tour” thanks to the help of sellers, Annaka & Olivia Stoeckel the Hopes of Children” Co-Chairs Dana Ragiel and --a trip for two to India! and Caroline & Charlotte Busch. Steve Sutherland on a record-setting Gala! The following major contributors were Draper & Kramer Foundation Stone Management Corp/James Stone instrumental in our achieving a successful event: Eastdil Secured Wes & Jurdis Walton Michael & Laura Gold Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Woods $25,000 LEAD SPONSOR Gunder Family Charitable Fund Mr. & Mrs. Robert M. Zieserl The Sidley Austin Foundation Andy & Carol Hays Floyd & Barbara Hoffman Major Contributors/Underwriters ($1,000+) $20,000 SPONSOR Bo, Sarah & Molly Holden All Sports Cards and Collectibles in Naperville Rob & Patty Moore Mrs. Lee W. Jennings American Airlines JPA Auxiliary Board Greenhouse $15,000 SPONSOR Buzz & Nan Kaehler Heffernan Morgan Inc. Ernst & Young LLP Malcolm & Kay Kamin Home Arcade Corp. of Lisle Jordan & Debbie Lamm KPMG LLP $10,000 SPONSORS Dan & Carol Lechin Mr. & Mrs. Charles Lamphere Baker & McKenzie, LLP Sean Mason John D. & Catherine T. MacAthur Foundation Pat & Jim Johnson Mesa Development Sandy & Anne Purcell Dr. & Mrs. Ronald Port Meredith Manni Meserow Patrick & Lindsay Smith Mitch and Linda Saranow Peter & Nancy Banning Meyer Kevin & Emily Heisley Stoeckel Joshua & Marianne Mintz Mona & Edward Zander Family Foundation $5,000 SPONSORS Mark & Christie Osmond ABC 7 Chicago Mr. & Mrs. B. Wyckliffe Pattishall, Jr. In-Kind Contributors Avgeris and Associates, Inc. / Jim Avgeris Cliff & Cherie Pixler Kaehler Travelworks, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sam’s Bank of America Steven & Cheryl Pliskin Wines & Spirits, Sidley Austin LLP, Stone Management/ Charles & Mary Anne Bobrinskoy Dana Ragiel/New friends of JPA James Stone, Storck USA L.P., The Private Bank at Bank Gerald & Carolyn Kostelny Peter & Doreen Rogers of America, Tupperware Corporation, Turtle Wax Car PricewaterhouseCoopers Mr. & Mrs. Mark W. Rose Wash & Auto Appearance Center, Wing and A Prayer Ruby North Partnership Angelic Creations and Wrigley Company. $3,000 SPONSORS Gary & Lisa Shiffman Cardinal Growth/Robert Bobb Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP Additionally, many thanks to our exceptional volunteer force Joo & Stephen Boe Steven & Sheila Sutherland who donated their time and efforts at this year’s event…you Don & Susan DeLoach Bill & Emmie Ruffin/JPMorgan Chase all are invaluable friends to JPA!