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Welcome to our web site!

POCA (Parents of Children with Allergies) of DuPage was founded to provide information, resources and support to those having food allergies.

POCA of DuPage was founded November 2002 by two mothers who were struggling with the day-to-day challenges of raising children with severe food allergies in conjunction with their Allergist.  They thought it would be helpful to have a group of people meet and share their experiences, wisdom and suggestions with one another. The group continually grows as others learn that support is available and welcomes the opportunity to provide support for those dealing with food allergies.
 
Though some members are adults with life-threatening allergies, most of our members are parents of various aged children diagnosed with severe food allergies. We also have members with professional interest in receiving or sharing information on dealing with anaphylactic food allergies and/or others who wish to advocate on behalf of people with these allergies.

The most important thing you will receive from this group is the assurance that you are not alone! 

There are many of us out here and we are willing to share our hard-earned lessons, suggestions, tips and helpful hints for managing day-to-day activities complicated by food allergies.

Topics of Interest

Public Act 096-0349 (HB0281)

The committee to establish the guidels for managing life-threatening food allergies in IL has been established. The first committee meeting is on January 20, 2010 at ISBE building in Lombard, IL. The bill became law on August 13, 2009.  State guidelines will be avaiable no later than July 1, 2010 and schools should have their policies in place by January 1, 2011.

HB0281 Update

We did it!  The bill became law on August 13, 2009.  State guidelines will be avaiable no later than July 1, 2010 and schools should have their policies in place by January 1, 2011.

504 Plans

POCA has sample 504 plans and guidelines from experts on a CD. 

Steps for allergic reaction to a mislabeled food items