Children advocates look for ways to deal with state budget crisis

By Denise Jackson

September 14, 2012 Updated Sep 17, 2012 at 10:20 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Local advocates for children are pooling their heads and resources to find ways to help social service agencies deal with the state budget crisis.

Representatives from several agencies participated in an Illinois Kids Count Symposium Friday morning at the Peoria Civic Center.

One of the biggest findings of the Voices for Illinois Children report on the impact of the recession on kids is that single-mother households have been hit especially hard.

"It's extremely important to open up the dialog to be able to give folks a chance to look at what's happening to discuss what the opportunities and challenges are to talk about a way to work together toward a bigger vision," said Voices for Children Spokesperson Joan Vitale.

Vitale says its important for families to contact state representatives about community needs, including a commitment to education funding.

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