In 1996, volunteers realized the need for a child advocacy center for abused children and their families for southeastern Illinois. In 1997, a group attended the Illinois Attorney General’s 1997 Capitol Conference to obtain information about establishing a center and a start-up grant from Illinois DCFS was received. Advisory boards were formed in 1998 to develop protocols for agency responses to abuse cases a Program Development Grant through the National Network of Child Advocacy Centers enabled space to be leased near the courthouse. The Guardian Center received its 501c3 incorporation on 7-30-98, and became registered as a Charitable Organization.
In 1999, The Guardian Center, Inc. began interviewing children and providing advocacy services for families experiencing sexual abuse. Services expanded in 2000 to include Edwards and Wabash Counties and again in 2003 to serve families experiencing physical abuse.
In September of 2014, the main office of The Guardian Center moved to a new permanent home at 1124 Oak Street, Carmi, IL.
Rich Zirkelbach, Gallatin Co - President Debbie Hoskins, White Co- Treasurer Pamela Haywood. White Co
Amy McCarty, Edwards Co Austin Rahmoeller, Edwards Co
Carrie Hammell, White Co Gwen Basinger, MDT
The Guardian Center, Inc.
Areas of expertise:
Providing services to children under the age of 18 who are victims of physical and sexual abuse.
Sheryl Woodham, Executive Director
Carmeta Bingman, Office Manager
Nicole Bradfield, Program Assistant/Advocate Caseworker
Krystal Hicks, Advocate Case Worker
Mistie McQueen, Advocate Caseworker
Teresa Miller, Project Director
Katharine Bovenkerk, Prevention Specialist/ Forensic Interviewer