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    April 12, 2019
    Peoria County – As of year-end 2018, the number of pending child abuse and neglect cases in Peoria County was 1,072. The Youth Services Network Panel, in partnership with Peoria County, invites you to “Hands Around the Courthouse” on Friday, April 26 at 12 p.m. in the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza as we join hands to raise awareness and draw attention to these cases of child abuse.
    The event, hosted by the Youth Services Network Panel, is held annually during April for Child Abuse Prevention Month. Advocacy and front-line officials will speak on the unfortunate pending cases and the importance of child abuse prevention.
    Speakers include Jeff Gress of Crittenton Centers, Chief Judge Gilfillan and Judge Brown of the Tenth Judicial Circuit, State’s Attorney Jerry Brady, Stephanie Johnson of Pediatric Resource Center, Jennifer Seward of DCFS, and Kitty Yanko of Peoria Humane Society. Thank you to Cumulus Radio for their media partnership and providing the sound system.
    "Hands Around the Courthouse" participants are encouraged to wear blue to show their support of Child Abuse Prevention Month. To find out more about Hands Around the Courthouse, contact CASA of the Tenth Judicial Circuit at (309) 669-2939.
    Pam Perrilles, CASA Executive Director
    (309) 669-2939