Central and Southern Illinois child abuse cases have been increasing steadily over the past decade. Children from Cook County used to make up the majority of those taken into protective custody by the state. But Department of Children and Family Services Director Richard Calica says now 69 percent of those kids are from south of Chicago.
He says one of the reasons could be that some families, especially in rural areas, can’t get the resources and state services they need.
Calica says big problems with methamphetamine, in especially Southern Illinois, may also be contributing to the problem.