Trauma Informed Care in Children Focus of Women’s Spring Forum

BLOOMINGTON, IL – A public forum about trauma and its effect on children will be hosted by the Women to Women Giving Circle from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, 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.

Social service agencies are asked to provide Trauma Informed Care. What does that mean to us as a community at large? A panel of local educators and social service experts will discuss that at the forum.

Panelists are:

  • Dr. Rob Lusk, Clinical Director at The Baby Fold
  • Dr. Karen Stipp, Associate Professor at ISU’s School of Social Work
  • Dr. Kristal Shelvin, Clinical Services Supervisor at Livingston County Special Services Unit

Retired Eleventh Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Elizabeth Robb will moderate the panel and lead the discussion.

A question and answer session will follow the panel discussion.

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 $16.2 million in 163 funds including endowments and donor advised, fiscal sponsorship and scholarship funds. More information is available at


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