Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month starts Monday and one local organization wants you to take notice.
Transitions of Western Illinois
in Quincy kicked off the month with an event at its Maine Street location Tuesday with a gathering of community members.
During the presentation, Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore proclaimed April 2014 Child Abuse Prevention month in Quincy.
This will mark the 17th year Transitions has paid tribute to the issue.
The gathering kicked off Transition's campaign "Caring for Children, It's What You Can Do".
Data from the 2014 Kids Count Report shows the average rate of child abuse and neglect in Adams County in 2011 to 2013 was higher than the state average.
Director of Development Barbara Baker-Chapin sights the poverty rate as a possible contributing cause.
"Here in Adams County, from 2006 to 2011, the poverty rate increased by 11.5 percent," said Baker-Chapin. "So when you have families living in poverty, children living in poverty, they probably are dealing with a variety of stressors that contribute to stress in parents and stress in families and can result sometimes in child abuse."
The pinwheels outside of Transitions will stand for the entire month of April as a reminder of what it stands for.