Confronting the Impact of Trauma on Children to be Topic of Women’s Fall Forum

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – A public forum about confronting the impact of trauma on children will be hosted by the Women to Women Giving Circle from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the ISU Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main St., Normal. The forum is free and open to the public.

Trauma is a deeply distressing life situation. When trauma impacts young children, the long-term effects can be detrimental not only to the person, but to society. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, the vast majority of women in substance abuse treatment and the public mental health system report a history of trauma, with the abuse most commonly having occurred in childhood.

Discussion will center around the effects of trauma on children who are involved in the local child welfare system.

Panelists are:

  • Dr. Doris Houston, Interim Director of Social Work at Illinois State University
  • Brenda Tempke, Attorney and Guardian Ad Litem for children in the abuse and neglect courtrooms in McLean County

Retired Pontiac educator Judy Donze will moderate the forum and lead the discussion. A question and answer session will follow the panel discussion.

In addition, a member of the Women to Women Grants Committee will discuss the upcoming grant cycle, its requirements and dates & deadlines.

Registration is not required for this free event, but if attendees want to ensure a copy of any handouts at the event, they are encouraged to email Michele Evans.

About the Women to Women Giving Circle:
Women to Women is a program and funding arm administered by Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, working to expand philanthropy among women in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties. Its goals are to support programs that increase life skills, encourage healthy development and educate local women and children, to encourage women’s philanthropy and to educate the community at large about issues affecting women and children. Since its founding in 2009, Women to Women has given $308,818 in funding to local organizations for programs that support women and children.

About Illinois Prairie Community Foundation:
Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, now in its 21st year, encourages and facilitates philanthropy in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties by connecting donors who care with causes that matter to them. The Foundation currently manages assets of more than $17 million in more than 160 funds including endowments and donor advised, fiscal sponsorship and scholarship funds. More information is available at


Michele Evans, IPCF Grants & Communications Director, 309-662-4477