As Illinois continues to come out of COVID, a central Illinois agency aimed at protecting children in situations of abuse say data so far this year is outpacing 2020.
Abuse advocates of all types say they saw a spike in new cases of abuse of women and children last year and Samantha Stevenson with the Child Protection Network indicates in DeWitt, McLean, and Livingston Counties, this year's metrics are ahead of last year's.
Many opponents of continued shutdowns dating back to this time last year pointed to spikes in abuse towards women and children, and while Stevenson stops short saying this was predictable, she notes they are not surprised by the spike in abuse cases.
May is Foster Care Awareness Month. Stevenson indicates they are always in need of more foster homes and CASA (court-appointed special advocate) volunteers. If you're interested in those programs you can find the CPN on social media.