Disproportionate child abuse cases downstate

By Kelsey Gibbs | kgibbs@wcia.com

Published 06/18 2014 05:47PM

Updated 06/18 2014 06:20PM

ILLINOIS -- The number of child abuse cases downstate is on the rise. A spokesperson fro the Department of Children and Family Services says differences in other parts of the state could be geographical, economical or due to limited public resources.

In 2013, there were 71% indicated child abuse cases in downstate Illinois. That's compared to 29% in Cook County. Despite the shift, most of Illinois' child welfare resources are located in Cook County, leaving other areas under-served. As far as Sangamon County and sexual abuse cases, the numbers have been stagnate.

Downstate counties have exceeded Cook County in "indicated" child abuse and neglect cases the past 30 years. DCFS encourages anyone who suspect a child under 18 is being abused or neglected by a parent, relative or other caregiver, call its toll-free number.

(800) 252 - 2873

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