Karen Cox: Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery celebrating 25 years
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a month in which Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery and other prevention programs raise awareness about the nursery’s daily mission to prevent child abuse and neglect.
We wear blue ribbons and educate our local community regarding the reality of abuse and neglect locally.
A recent report by Voices for Illinois Children indicated that during 2009-11, the average rate of child abuse and neglect in Sangamon County was 16.5 per 1,000, compared with the statewide rate of 8.3. As of this year, Department of Children and Family Services reports that there have already been 12,535 reports of child abuse and neglect in downstate Illinois, resulting in nearly 2,000 children taken into protective custody.