Local agencies work together to keep children safe

By WEEK Producer

April 8, 2014 Updated Apr 8, 2014 at 11:45 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- April is child abuse awareness month and family service organizations in the community are working together to keep children safe.

Trucks are parked, rings are stacked and it's nap-time at the Crittenton Centers Crisis Nursery.

"We see anywhere from 10 to 20 children a day," said Crisis Nursery Coordinator Kelsey Gareau.

But the crisis nursery is a short term solution. Children can only stay in the nursery up to 72 hours per visit.

"Typically that immediate crisis is resolved and then we look at their current situation and see if they need more help," said Gareau.

Which sometimes means referring that family to another local organization.

"We are not always the best people for their current crisis so if we are not we are very honest with them and refer them to other places that can help them," she said.

Like the Children's Home.

"It takes more than just an agency like Children's Home it takes a community to do that," said Clete Winkelmann, President & CEO of Children's Home.

The Children's Home provides more long term services with the help of more than 90-percent government funding.

"We provide an integrative care system, more long term care, foster care. We serve more than 12 hundred kids a day, with education, programs, foster programs," Winkelmann said.

The organization's leaders said as long as you speak up you can find the help you need here in central Illinois.

"We want people to know that speaking up is a sign of strength," said Gareau.