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Advocate Health Care's Childhood Trauma Treatment Program
Funding crisis threatens treatment of abused children

When you look into the eyes of a child you usually see hope, trust and innocence. But this innocence is lost when a child has been abused or mistreated. And, sadly such abuse is more common than many may think. National estimates are that one in four girls and one in six boys are abused in childhood, and fewer than one in ten children will tell of their abuse.

The Childhood Trauma Treatment Program (CTTP) of Advocate Health Care-led by John F. Smith. Ph.D.-is one of only a few programs in the region dealing exclusively with complex trauma in children. CTTP's specialized services are provided to hundreds of severely abused children from Cook, DuPage and Will counties. For more than 30 years, CTTP has provided sexually abused children with a safe, therapeutic environment to talk about their abuse. Last year alone, CTTP provided care to more than 550 children in need.

Through an affiliation with the nationally recognized Darkness to Light organization, CTTP has been able to offer the Stewards of Children program that trains local adults and teacher on the seven steps to protecting children from abuse. Since the program began in 2008, CTTP has reached 1,000 adult. And it is estimated that for every person trained, 10 children are better protected. That means more than 10,000 children in Illinois are safer thanks to charitable support of CTTP.

Demand for CTTP's services is extraordinary, but resources to pay for this much-needed care are severely limited. The combination of the State of Illinois's proposed budget cuts, expiring government grants and reductions in support from referring childcare agencies will severely curtail the services the program offers if alternate funding cannot be secured.

Without adequate funding, many vulnerable children will not have access to the therapy and counseling they need to deal with the challenges they face. The trauma suffered by these children is long lasting-but with effective support they can begin the healing process.
Charitable support is needed to:

  • Treatment of child sexual abuse victims
  • Enhance the program's art, play and sand-tray therapies.
  • Continue an internship program that trains two to three future therapists per year, spreading CTTP's services across Illinois and to other states.
  • Reach out to the community through the Darkness to Light program-the much needed prevention component-that educates adults on how to recognize and react to children of abuse.
  • Acquire tools needed to assess seriously troubled children

Please consider supporting the CTTP to help give abused children a chance at healthy and happy futures.

Charitable Support and Donations to CTTP

The Childhood Trauma Treatment Program (CTTP) is supported by charitable donations, grants, and fees.  CTTP is a non-for-profit 501c3 organization.  Since 1979 we have provided counseling, psychotherapy, and specialized psychological testing to abused and maltreated children, teens, and families.  We need your help to assist us in providing services to those who desperately need our help.  100% of your gifts and donations goes directly to CTTP. 

To make a donation to CTTP, click on the button below to use the online credit card form:

Learn more about the 2013 Golfing for Good raffle benefiting CTTP.

Please make checks payable to "CTTP" and send checks to our mailing address at:
P.O. Box 776
Oak Lawn, IL  60454-0776

If you wish to make a larger donation or grant, we would be happy to speak with you about this.  Please call our main number at 1.800.216.1110 to discuss this opportunity.

United Way

The Childhood Trauma Treatment Program is a United Way Program.

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